• New Zealand narrowly beat Australia 14-10 to stay top of Pool B
  • Ireland maintain unbeaten record this year with 46-3 win over Fiji
  • Defending champions South Africa beat England 31-24
  • France overpower USA 45-3
  • In Pool C Argentina beat Samoa 28-16 and Wales pipped Scotland 26-21

After another great day of rugby it's time to say goodbye until Thursday, when we will have the final round of Pool matches for you. Don't forget you can follow us on Twitter @irbjuniors. See you on Thursday!


New Zealand captain Ardie Savea: "There was a lot of talk pre game and people expected this match to be really tough and it definitely was. We knew they were going to come out firing and their forward pack was outstanding today and their ball carrying, we had to hang on in there."


Australia captain Curtis Browning after losing to NZ: "The boys, I am so proud of them, they stuck in right to the end and to keep them with no points in the second half, it's a real testament to the boys and put a lot of pride back in the jersey even though we didn't get the win. I'm really proud of them. It is obviously disappointing to have two back-to-back losses in a tournament like this, the boys really stuck in and you can't fault their effort, it was there. We talked about being ruthless and that is what we did today, even if the result wasn't there today."


Full time. New Zealand 14-10 Australia. What a game that was! Australia pushed them all the way and really showed strength there. Ardie Savea was imperious again at the breakdown and ripped the ball in the last few seconds to give NZ the win. Great stuff!


Australia looking to break through gaps in the NZ defence but the likes of Savea keep putting in big hits and breaking down the play. Certainly not over though with just over five minutes to play. NZ 14-10 Australia

AUS v NZL JWC 2013

A scrum during the first half of the New Zealand v Australia JWC 2013 encounter at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes.
Photo: Michel Renac

French supporters - JWC 2013

French supporters celebrate France's victory over USA at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon, on the second day of the IRB Junior World Championship 2013.
Photo: Cristelle Glemet


TRY Australia. An overlap develops on the left hand side and Luke Burton finishes it off. It's now NZ 14-10 Australia. What a game we have on our hands here!


It's still  14-3 after 51 minutes and Australia are really pushing New Zealand. Not as straight forward a match as New Zealand would like

Pool A: France v USA
No way through the French defense for the USA in the Pool A match in La Roche-sur-Yon. Photo: Christelle Glemet

The teams are now back out onto the pitch after half-time. It's 14-3 and NZ will be looking to extend their lead. Get involved in the discussion on Twitter, using @irbjuniors and the hashtag #JWC2013

Pool B: Ireland v Fiji
Ireland place kicker Tom Daly in action in the Pool B match against the Fiji in Vannes. Photo: Michel Renac

So the score is still 14-3 but the crowd are loving it here at Vannes. There's not an empty seat in the house as the four-time champions try and outmuscle Australia.


Ireland captain Conor Joyce, after beating Fiji: "We are delighted to get the win, the Fijian boys put up a really good fight in the first half especially. They play a great style of rugby and are difficult to break down but I think it was just a matter of building through the phases and eventually our foward game really took its toll on them and they couldn't really match us."


USA coach, Jason Kelly: "Disappointing result, and with our performance. We couldn't really hold much position today which killed us, we were playing a lot of defence. Disappointed but we will get better. We worked on a few things from the first day, and I am pretty happy with the stuff we tried to improve on."


USA captain, Tom Bliss, after losing to France: "We wanted to make a bit an improvement from last match against SA and I feel like we did that today. A few knock ons didn't help us in the game, a few decisions, which is a shame. We put our heart and soul into that game, and gave it everything but unfortunately it didn't come true. But we will build from this game, and take things from this into our match with England and our last two matches."

Pool B: Ireland v Fiji
Ireland winger Rory Scholes in action in the Pool B match against the Fiji in Vannes. Photo: Michel Renac

Ireland two-try scorer Rory Scholes after beating Fiji "We're pretty happy with the overall team performance, we set out to have a good defensive performance, they didn't score a try, and we set out to get a bonus point which we did so overall we are happy. Our game plan was pretty well executed."


TRY New Zealand. Joseph Edwards sticks on the shoulder of Fa'asiu Fuatai who breaks past three defenders and gets the try. Great support play. NZ 14-0 Australia


NZ v AUS- It's another three points for New Zealand. Pressure at the breakdown forcing penalties and creating points scoring opportunities. New Zealand 9-0 Australia


New Zealand 6-0 Australia


NZ v AUS: Hickey steps up again and puts over another 3 points. It was Australia captain Curtis Browning who gave away the penalty when trying to muscle Ardie Savea off the ball. 


Here's a little fact for you: Neither of these teams have ever kicked a drop goal in JWC history! Maybe there will be one tonight!

Pool B: Ireland v Fiji
Ireland score a try against the Fiji in their Pool C clash in Vannes. Photo: Michel Renac

The Haka has been done and we are underway. Tense atmosphere at the stadium in Vannes.


New Zealand and Australia have never met in the Pool stages of the JWC but have met three times in the final stages


It's time for the final match of the day. And it's a big one. New Zealand take on Australia in Pool B. Who do you think will win? Get involved on Twitter using @irbjuniors and the hashtag #JWC2013

Pool A: France v USA
Action from the first half of the France v USA JWC 2013 match at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon. Photo: Cristelle Glemet
Pool A: France v USA
French captain Paul Jedrasiak scores the first try for his team against the USA in La Roche-sur-Yon. Photo: Christelle Glemet

Full time: Ireland take an easy win over Fiji 46-3 and continue their winning form. Can they win Pool B? Can they beat New Zealand in their final Pool match?


FRA v USA: France finish off a good day's work, winning 45-3 against USA. Tough game for the USA but they did get their first points of the competition


FRA v USA: TRY France. Full back Maxime Wieprecht goes over to the delight of the French crowd. The conversion is good also. France 45-3 USA


IRE v FJI: TRY Ireland. Darren Sweetnam chips over the top and collects it to get another try. He set up the last one and now has another to his name. Fiji looking tired here. 


IRE v FJI: TRY Ireland! Great team play down the back line, nice pass from Darren Sweetnam and it's Dan Leavy in at the right-hand corner. That's game over for Fiji with 15 minutes left.


FRA v USA: TRY France. Bastien Duhalde picks up off the back of a scrum and goes in under the posts. Conversion is good from Vincent Mallet.


IRE v FRA: Ireland get their fourth try through Rory Scholes, his second of the half. A lovely inside ball blasts Scholes through a gap. Slick back move. Ireland 31-3 Fiji. 


Wales captain Ellis Jenkins after beating Scotland: "This was very tough, Scotland dug in right to the end and we had to have a couple of really defensive sets to keep holding on to the game. Credit to Scotland, they were very strong team and a win is win, two from two we couldn't ask for much more but we have got a lot of things to work on, first half we forced too many offloads, 50/50 offloads maybe we should have held on to the ball, but overall we are pleased with the win."

Pool C: Wales v Scotland
Wales fullback tries to escape from the Scottish defence during the Celtic clash of Pool C in Nantes. Photo: Steven Lebreton

IRE v FJI: TRY Ireland. Rory Scholes latches onto his own kick and goes over to make it Ireland 26-3 Fiji

Pool C: Wales v Scotland
Wales captain Ellis Jenkins leads his team off through the Scottish players. Photo: Steven Lebreton

IRE v FIJ: TRY Ireland. Ireland now lead 21-3 after a try from prop Chris Taylor. Looking very comfortable now as Fiji are too disorganised in defence.


FRA v USA: France are into the lead now thanks to Gabriel Lacroix and Francois Cros, who both got tries. Score is France 31-3 USA.


Remember you can also get involved in the debate on Twitter using @irbjuniors and the hashtag #JWC2013 . There's plenty to chat about with so much great rugby action!


Fiji and Ireland have never met on the JWC stage before. For that matter, neither have France and the USA so it's a day of firsts here at the JWC!


Scotland captain Jonny Gray after losing out to Wales: "After the Argentina game we knew what all the boys were looking for was a reaction and I think the boys really stepped up today but we are disappointed with that loss. We can look back and we can be proud of the spirit we showed but all that matters is we didn't get the win. We will learn a lot from this, it was a fantastic occasion just unfortunately we didn't get the win but credit to Wales in the victory."


FRA v USA: France lead USA 17-3 and look comfortable. USA with their first points of the tournament so far.


IRE v FIJ: At half-time it's Ireland 14-3 Fiji. A solid start from the Irish but Fijian discipline will be key if they are going to stand a chance of winning.

Pool B: Ireland v Fiji
The Irish and Fiji flags await the entry of the teams in Vannes on day two of the IRB Junior World Championship 2013. Photo: Michel Renac

South Africa captain Ruan Steenkamp on beating England: "This was a must-win for us and definitely the boys were up for it, but there is still work to be done and we are excited for the next one. What pleased me I think was our kicking game, against USA we were running the ball a lot, but especially in this game we turned them around with our kicks and that was definitely great for us."


IRE v FJI: Tom Daly slots over another penalty for Ireland. Ireland playing a solid game so far and the points are ticking along nicely. Ireland 14-3 Fiji


England coach Nick Walshe on his side's loss to SA: "After 20 minutes I thought we were the better side for the 60 minutes and they were just magnificent to come back from where we were to how we ended the game. I just applaud our guys, South Africa are a fantastic team, they got that lead and you have to give credit to them as well, two very good teams out there. It was pretty tough, but the boys were magnificent and I couldn't have asked anything more from them."

Pool A: South Africa v England
South Africa's try-scoring machine Seabelo Senatla in action against England in La Roche-sur-Yon. Photo: Christelle Glemet

FRA v USA: But as soon as they are celebrating that France are back at them with a try from Stephen Parez. France 17-3 USA. 


FRA v USA: USA have their first points of the tournament after a penalty. France 15-3 USA 


IRE v FJI: Fiji score a penalty and now it's Ireland 8-3 Fiji. 


IRE v FJI: TRY Ireland. Darren Sweetman uses his pace and is just in at the corner despite a strong challenge from the Fijian defence. Ireland 8-0 Fiji

Pool A: South Africa v England
The English player Jack Nowell tries to escape the South African defence during their Pool A clash in Nantes. Photo: Cristelle Glemet

FRA v USA: TRY France. Paul Jedrasiak with the score. France lead USA 10-0


IRE v FJI: Ireland lead 3-0 although Fiji are pressuring well, deep into the Irish half. 


WAL v SCO: Full time as Wales beat Scotland 26-21 in Pool C. Now for IRE v Fiji and France v USA

Pool C: Wales v Scotland
The Scots in action during their Pool C clash against Wales in Nantes. Photo: Steven Lebreton

WAL v SCO: TRY Scotland as Eoghan Masterson gets a score. Conversion is missed. Wales 26-21 Scotland

Pool C: Wales v Scotland
Scrum in the centre of the pitch during the Pool C clash between Celtic cousins Wales and Scotland, in Nantes. Photo: Steven Lebreton

WAL v SCO: Still 8 minutes left and it's 26-16 to Wales. 


RSA v ENG: That's full time as South Africa take the win 31-24. A very physical match-up. Next in Pool A is FRA v USA. 

Pool A: South Africa v England
South Africa and England battle it out in the scrum during their Pool A clash in Nantes. Photo: Christelle Glemet

RSA v ENG: Yellow card South Africa. Irne Herbst is off for 10 minutes for an apparent punch


WAL v SCO: Another penalty from Davies and it's Wales 26-16 with about 12 minutes to go. 

Pool C: Argentina v Samoa
The Argentines show their passion singing the anthem before their encounter against Samoa in Nantes. Photo: Steven Lebreton
Pool A: South Africa v England
South Africa captain Ruan Steenkamp claims the ball in the line out during the Pool A clash against England in Nantes. Photo: Cristelle Glemet

WAL v SCO: TRY Wales. And they respond immediately to Scotland's pressure. Jordan Williams makes a great break and it's Steffan Hughes who touches down. Conversion is good. Wales 23-16 Scotland


WAL v SCO: Sam Davies gets another penalty to make it 16-16 now. Tight stuff here!

Pool C: Argentina v Samoa
The Argentine fly half Patricio Fernandez attempts a kick at goal against the Samoa in Nantes. Photo: Steven Lebreton

WAL v SCO: TRY Scotland. They get their reward for going for the points as Adam Ashe bundles over. They now lead as the conversion was good. Wales 13-16 Scotland


WAL v SCO: Scotland have a penalty and kick to the corner. They want to go for the try. Still 13-9 to Wales.


Argentina coach Rodolfo Ambrosio, on his side's win over Samoa: "Samoa are a very physical and hard side. They played very well and we had to match them in the forwards, which is why we won. We may not have scored so many points, but I am still very happy with our approach to the game."


RSA v ENG: TRY England. Score from Henry Purdy gets this game even closer now. Slade gets the penalty. RSA 31-24 ENG


WAL v SCO: Scotland are getting themselves back into this through Tommy Allan. Scotland 13-9 Wales thanks to a penalty. 


RSA v ENG: South Africa get another penalty and it's now 31-17 against England


WAL V SCO: Teams now coming back out for the second half. It's Wales 13-6 Scotland, but can Scotland get themselves back into it?


RSA v ENG: Disallowed try South Africa. It was a hat-trick for Seabelo Senatla but now disallowed for a high tackle earlier on in the play. South Africa lead England 28-14


RSA v ENG: TRY England. Elliott Stooke finds himself on the wing and takes the ball and crashes over from about five metres out. South Africa 21-14 England. 


WAL v SCO: Tommy Allan is getting Scotland back into the match with another 3 points. Wales 13-6 Scotland.

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RSA v ENG: The players are back out on the pitch now. Seabelo Senatla has scored six tries in the tournament so far. Score is 21-7, here comes the second half.


WAL v SCO: Sam Davies adds another three for Wales, now it's Wales 13-0 Scotland


RSA v ENG: Thats all for the first half. South Africa 21-7 England. Tough game for England so far but they are still in it after that try from Harry Sloan.


Samoa coach Viliamu Punivalu, after his side's loss to Argentina: “I wouldn't say disappointed, there were a few mistakes but the boys played with a lot of heart and that is what I said to them. Now the boys know they can do it, it is a just a matter of showing their ability and believing in themselves. I think they did in this game and I think they will be ready for Scotland. I am so proud to be their coach today. I was disappointed against Wales because I know what they can do, and they showed that today and it is just a matter of believing in themselves and each other."


RSA v ENG: TRY England. Harry Sloan slides over the line for a try after a nice offload. South Africa 21-7 England 


RSA v ENG: TRY South Africa as an interception from that man again, Seabelo Senatla. Against the run of play as England were pushing hard there for a score. South Africa 21-0 England. 


And the conversion is good also. Wales 10-0 Scotland


TRY Wales: Lovely offload from Jordan Williams out of the back door and Aaron Warren dots down for Wales 8-0 Scotland.


Samoa captain Fomai Ah Ki: "It is not the result we are looking for but I am really proud of the boys today, we had a good game and they really played their hearts out. I hope we learn from it for the next game, there are no excuses for us. Today we lost but learned a lot and played really well. I hope the next game we will try to get a win for us and for our country."


WAL v SCO: Sam Davies scores the first points of the match to put Wales ahead 3-0. 


RSA v ENG: England trying to get into the game but they can't get over the gain line. South African defence is huge and they are rushing fast.


RSA v ENG: England's Henry Slade misses a kick as the ball goes wide and short. South Africa 16-0 England


WALvSCO: Sam Davies misses a kick from long range. He does like a bit of distance with the boot but this time it's short. Still 0-0


WAL v SCO: Teams now coming onto the pitch for their Pool C clash. Here's a fact for you: These two teams have never met before on the JWC stage.


It's now 13-0 to South Africa after 12 minutes. England struggling to get into this game so far. 


South Africa extend their lead to 10-0 with a penalty kick. England still under the cosh.



RSA v ENG. TRY South Africa. It's that man Seabelo Senatla. Great pace. Gets the ball one the left and his pace is far too much for the forwards he was mis-matched against. RSA 7-0 ENG


That's all for Argentina v Samoa. Full time score is Argentina 28-16 Samoa. Two yellow cards for Samoa really cost them in that one. Now for South Africa v England


TRY Samoa. Tofatuimoana Solia goes over after an extended period of pressure. Little consolation this late on. Argentina 16-28 Samoa. 


SAM v ARG: Samoa looking dangerous again but Argentina still leading 28-9

Pool C: Argentina v Samoa
Nr 9 Juan Bernardini scores the first try of the match off a scrum for Argentina. Photo: Steven Lebreton

TRY Argentina. Two yellow cards for Samoa and it's two tries for Argentina. Another scrum on the Samoan five metre line makes it 28-9 to Argentina. 


TRY Argentina.  The two yellow cards for Samoa really put them in a tough situation and Argentina pounced.  Geronimo Mazzoni with the score. ARG 21-9 SAM


It's another yellow card for Samoa as No.8 Matt Peni is sent to the bin. Samoa down to 13 now. Discipline is costing them.


Scotland coach Sean Lineen, ahead of his side's Pool C clash with Wales: "This game against Wales, we played them before in the Six Nations, they were the only team that really put us to the sword in that as well, we were very competitive in the other four games, so we owe them one. They are a quality team though, they have got a lot of heads up rugby players and hopefully it will be an expansive game today ... this is Scottish weather, good British weather so we are looking for to it."


Argentina get the resulting penalty and now it's 14-9. That could be costly for Samoa.


YELLOW CARD SAMOA: It's their fly half Faranisisi Fenika. High tackle gets him put in the sin bin


Movement on the Argentina bench. They had made 13 changes before this match. Expect some substitutions. 


Wales coach Danny Wilson, ahead of Scotland match: "We are fully aware we need a win today, we have prepared well. We know Scotland are coming off the back of a tough game, but they will be better, they will raise their game to play against their rivals so it will be a really tough, physical game for us and one we are hoping we have prepared well enough for to come away with the win but we will see."


Samoa break away but the attack is quashed. Winger Harry Luteru with the ball in hand but comes to nothing. 


We are back underway in Nantes with Argentina leading Samoa 11-9


We have a feast of rugby to come and we are sure you are as excited as we are. What are your predictions for today's matches. Can Ireland continue their winning form? Can Scotland bounce back against Wales. Are England good enough to beat reigning champions South Africa? Let us know on Twitter using @irbjuniors and the hashtag #JWC2013


HALF TIME- Argentina 11-9 Samoa. A tight half there with a number of missed opportunities but both sides will be feeling happy so far. Samoa looking to be more clinical with their kicking and Argentina finally got going after a slow start.


The game is getting a litle messy now as play keeps getting broken down. Argentina still pushing though and trying to punish Samoan mistakes.


TRY Argentina! Juan Bernardini with the score as Argentina scrum is too strong for Samoa. The ball pops out the back of the scrum, and that's that. Conversion is missed. Samoa 9-11 Argentina 


It's backwards and forwards here. As soon as Samoa go ahead, Argentina get back into it with a penalty. Samoa 9-6 Argentina. Remember Argentina have changed 13 players since their win against Scotland on match day one. They have a very strong bench..


Samoa get another penalty. Disciplined play here, as they go 9-3 ahead. Perhaps taking inspiration from the senior team's win against Scotland yesterday...


But just like that Samoa are back in it. That's the first time since 2010 that Samoa have scored more than 3 points in a Pool match. Samoa 6-3 Argentina


It's another penalty for Argentina - and this time they get it. Boffelli does not miss this time. Samoa 3- 3 Argentina. 


Emiliano Boffelli misses the penalty though so it's still Samoa 3-0 Argentina. Lively start to this game as expected!


It's all Samoa at the beginning of this match, with some huge tackles going in. But ill discipline means a penalty to Argentina. 


It doesn't take long for Samoa to get on the scoresheet. Faranisisi Fenika with the three points. Samoa 3-0 Argentina


And we are off between Argentina and Samoa. Stay tuned for all the updates. Who do you think will take the win? Get involved on Twitter using @irbjuniors

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