JWC 2013: Pool C preview

(IRB.COM) Monday 3 June 2013
 
 JWC 2013: Pool C preview
Jamie Farndale was top try scorer at JWC 2012 and has recovered from a broken leg to take his place in France

We conclude our series by looking at the four teams in Pool C at the IRB Junior World Championship 2013, which features Wales, Argentina, Scotland and Samoa.

The matches will all be played at the Stade Pascal Laporte in Nantes.

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WALES

Seeding for JWC 2013: 3
Best finish: Third (2012)
Worst finish: Seventh (2010, 2011)

JWC match record: Played 25 / Won 16 / Lost 9
JWC points/tries scored: 675 / 76

JWC graduates: 16
Most capped JWC graduates: Leigh Halfpenny (44 Tests)

Did you know...? Leigh Halfpenny is something of a trailblazer for JWC graduates, the first to play for the British & Irish Lions (2009), the top point scorer (294) and joint top try-scorer (12) in Tests.

Coach: Danny Wilson
Captain: Ellis Jenkins

One to watch: Ellis Jenkins
Understudy to British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton at Cardiff Blues, Jenkins has the ability to learn from a player who has trod this path before him, captaining the Under 20s in 2008. He was a part of Wales’ squad which reached the semi-finals last year for the first time since Warburton’s side in 2008 and his ability to cover all three positions in the back row will prove invaluable for coach Danny Wilson over the next three weeks.
 
ARGENTINA

Seeding for JWC 2013: 4
Best finish: Fourth (2012)
Worst finish: 11th (2009)

JWC match record: Played 25 / Won 12 / Lost 13
JWC points/tries scored: 416 / 47

JWC graduates: 41
Most capped JWC graduates: Juan Figallo (17 Tests)

Did you know...? Eight members of Argentina’s squad for JWC 2013 made their Test debuts for Los Pumas during the South American Championship in late April-early May.

Coaches: Bernardo Urdaneta and Rodolfo Ambrosio
Captain: Felipe Ezcurra

One to watch: Patricio Fernández
The fly half was one of Los Pumitas’ stars in their series win over defending champions South Africa in April, leading the line well and showing his prowess with the boot by contributing 44 points in the two victories, 27 of them in the first. His performances earned him a place in the Pumas squad for the South American Championship a few weeks later and he arrives in France with two Test caps after playing against Chile and Brazil, the latter at full back.

SCOTLAND


Seeding for JWC 2013: 9
Best finish: Ninth (2009, 2012)
Worst finish: 10th (2008, 2010, 2011)

JWC match record: Played  25 / Won 10 / Lost 15
JWC points/tries scored: 503 / 63

JWC graduates: 14
Most capped JWC graduates: Richie Gray (31 Tests)

Did you know...? Scotland only finished ninth in 2012 but had were the top try scorers (21) and had the top try scorer in Jamie Farndale. They scored 14 of these in the play-offs for ninth to 12th.

Coach: Sean Lineen
Captain: Jonny Gray

One to watch: Jamie Farndale
The top try scorer at JWC 2012 with six tries – including braces against Italy and Samoa in the play-off stages – Farndale will be relieved to have made Scotland’s squad for the tournament after breaking his leg playing for Edinburgh Accies back in September. He’ll be keen to make up for his time on the sides and retain his mantle of top try scorer this time around. He has previously represented Scotland in pentathlon and can also play the bagpipes.

SAMOA

Seeding for JWC 2013: 10
Best finish: Seventh (2008, 2009)
Worst finish: 12th (2010 – relegated to IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy)

JWC match record: Played  20 / Won 7 / Lost 13
JWC points/tries scored: 266 / 31

JWC graduates: 16
Most capped JWC graduates: Jeremy Sua (9 Tests)

Did you know...? The first player to graduate from the Junior World Championship to the Test arena was Samoa’s Alatasi Tupou, who made his debut against New Zealand in September 2008.

Coach: Viliamu Punivalu
Captain: Sam Ah Sam

One to watch: Fomai Ah Ki
A utility back who can play at fly half, full back or on the wing, he is returning for his second Junior World Championship after playing in all five of Samoa’s matches in South Africa last year. He scored Samoa’s only points in the pool stages with two penalties and then was a try scorer among a 14-point haul in their only win of the tournament, against their fellow Pacific Islanders Fiji, which guaranteed their place at JWC 2013.