The U20 Championship concluded on Saturday and Ireland’s Max Deegan has been crowned the U20 Player of the Tournament, with England claiming the spoils, here’s the dream team as well.
World Rugby U20 Championship Player of the Tournament
The 193cm lock has been a key figure for Ireland and his nomination and subsequent being awarded the Player of The Tournament as voted for by the fans is testament of the impact he has made throughout this competition.
Deegan dotted down on three occasions but it was his running ability and linking with his backs that caught the eye of everyone. The Blackrock-born player was also seen getting busy on defence of which he made some big hits.
Deegan pipped Bosch, Mallinder, Moeakiola and New Zealand’s Shaun Stevenson to get the award.
World Rugby U20 Championship Dream Team:
15 Curwin Bosch (South Africa)
The utility back has been on top form for the Baby Boks throughout the tournament. The second highest point scorer, just five points less than Mallinder, on 63 points. Bosch was a key part of the Baby Boks’ spirited campaign.
14 Ataata Moeakiola (Japan)
The tournament’s top try scorer on six evaded and burnt some of the most clinical defensive lines. The speedster got busy on defence as well, making telling tackles at crucial stages. Moeakiola is sure future star for the senior side as they bid to impress at the next World Cup, which will be held in Japan.
13 Joe Marchant (England)
Along with Mallinder in the backline, Marchant proved to be dangerous against any defence. The midfielder beat defenders with ease and gained valuable metres for the World Rugby U20 champions. Marchant got over the try line four times.
12 Jordie Barrett (New Zealand)
Certainly no shame to the Barrett name, the younger brother of All Black fly-half Beauden, Jordie’s fine form from the tee saw him score 52 points. Barrett’s ability to read the defensive lines of opposition secured the Baby Blacks good territorial advantage.
11 Edwill van der Merwe (South Africa)
The Western Province speedster gained valuable metres for the Baby Boks throughout the tournament, along with the likes of Manie Libbok and Bosch they often carved up tough defensive lines. Van der Merwe scored three tries throughout the competition.
10 Harry Mallinder (England)
The Saints player scored 23 points in the final as he single-handed kept Ireland out of reach of England not only with his boot but he scored twice as well. Mallinder’s excellent visionary skills and ability to beat defenders earn him a nominee for Player of The Tournament and also the competition’s top points scorer on 68 points.
9 Hugh Fraser (Scotland)
The nippy number nine made sure the hard yards that his forwards put in was not in vein. Fraser quick service from the base allowed Scotland to get over the advantage line with ease against some tough competition.
8 Max Deegan (Ireland)
The U20 Championship Player of The Tournament has been instrumental for the losing finalists. The loose forward was an integral part of a successful campaign for Ireland as he got over the try line on three occasions.
7 Will Evans (England)
Along with Nott, Evans has been part of a dominating England pack. The Tigers player has made telling tackles and put up brave efforts on defence for his team.
6 George Nott (England)
The flanker’s ability at the breakdown saw him dominate some of the most powerful opponents in the competition. Sale Sharks back-rower’s impact at the scrum set piece and breakdown secure quality ball for the elusive England backs.
5 James Ryan (Ireland)
The Leinster forward’s skill at the lineout set piece handed Ireland good go-forward ball during matches that could have gone against them. Ryan also contributed handsomely towards a powerful Ireland pack in the build-up to the final.
4 Franco Molina (Argentina)
The Los Pumitas’ lock was seen grinding away at the coalface, putting in a tireless effort on defence. Molina was Argentina’s go-to-man come lineout time and this was where the South Americans dominated the set piece.
3 Lasha Tabidze (Georgia)
A strong scrummager and a sure powerhouse for the Georgia side while he was part of a formidable pack it was his high intense work-rate off the ball that cannot go unnoticed.
2 Adam McBurney (Ireland)
The hooker was part of a successful Ireland pack which saw him add value at the set pieces and breakdown. McBurney made some telling runs which saw him beat defenders with ease which saw score three tries.
1 Andrew Porter (Ireland)
Much like McBurney, Porter was grinding it out at the coalface which added a great deal to Ireland’s brave efforts. The prop made some telling runs but it was his defensive work rate that helped his side put up some dominating displays.
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