Pools and Schedule Announced for JWRT U20 Tournament in August/September in Uruguay: Canada in Pool with Japan, Namibia, Chile
posted June 28 2017
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The Uruguay Rugby Union, the host of the 2017 JWRT, have released the pools and schedule for the tournament.
Canada are in a pool with Japan, Namibia and Chile. Japan are the team demoted from the Junior World Championship last year so will go in as the top seed. Canada need to get past them in order to reach the final. That will be Canada's second match. Canada's first match will be against Namibia. Namibia came 4th last year, and Canada didn't qualify, so Namibia are second seed in the pool. Both Japan and Namibia are higher in senior men's ranking as well. Chile who didn't qualify last year complete Pool A.
It's not hard to put forth the argument that looking at the U20 level today will be a forecast of the senior men's level in the future. That would be followed by reasoning that improving our U20 ranking would improve our men's ranking in the future and that putting sufficient resources to accomplish that would be wise.
In Pool B Fiji are top ranked as they came 3rd last year. The second place team last year, Spain, didn't qualify this year so Portugal are ranked second in the pool as they take Spain's spot. It gives a strong argument for Europe to have another place in the tournament and perhaps the tournament will be expanded to 12 teams down the road. Uruguay came 6th last year and are ranked 3rd in the pool, they were beaten by USA who came 5th. Canada takes the USA place this year. Hong Kong rounds out Pool B, they finished 7th last year.
AUGUST 29TH - TUESDAY
1.Namibia vs Canada, 10:00 (Group A)
2.Portugal vs Uruguay, 12:00 (Group B)
3.Japan vs Chile, 14:00 (Group A)
4.Fiji vs Hong Kong, 16:00 (Group B)
SEPTEMBER 2ND - SATURDAY
5.Portugal vs Hong Kong, 10:00 (Group B)
6.Namibia vs Chile, 12:00 (Group A)
7.Japan vs Canada, 14:00 (Group A)
8.Uruguay vs Fiji, 16:00 (Group B)
SEPTEMBER 6TH - WEDNESDAY
9.Chile vs Canada, 10:00 (Group A)
10.Uruguay vs Hong Kong, 12:00 (Group B)
11.Fiji vs Portugal, 14:00 (Group B)
12.Japan vs Namibia, 16:00 (Group A)
SEPTEMBER 10TH - SUNDAY
13. 4TH GROUP "A" vs 4TH GROUP "B", 10:00
14. 3RD GROUP "A" vs 3RD GROUP "B", 12:00
15. 2ND GROUP "A" vs 2ND GROUP "B", 14:00
16. 1ST GROUP "A" vs 1ST GROUP "B", 16:00