2009 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship
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The 2009 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship was the sixth annual international rugby union competition for Under 18 national rugby union teams in Europe.2010 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship official website - History
accessed: 5 May 2010
The event was organised by rugby's European governing body, the FIRA – Association of European Rugby (FIRA-AER).U18 - 2009 FIRA-AER Justin Bridou European Championship
FIRA-AER website, accessed: 5 May 2010
The competition was contested by 32 men's junior national teams and was held in early April 2009. It was hosted by the France, French region of Var (department), Var - French Riviera, Côte d'Azur, with the final held in Toulon. The tournament was won by France national under-18 rugby union team, France, who won its fourth European championship and its third in a row, with England national under-18 rugby union team, England finishing runners-up. The tournament marked forty years of international age grade rugby on the European continent, 1969 having been the year when the first European Under 19 competition was held.Forty years of age grade growth in Europe
IRB website, published: 16 April 2009, accessed: 5 May 2010
It was sponsored by French company Justin Bridou and therefore officially called the ''2009 Justin Bridou European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship''.


Overview


History

The European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship was first held in 2004, in Treviso, Italy. It replaced the previously held European Under-18 Emergent Nations Championship, which had first been held in 2000. The first championship in 2004 was won by France. The following two championships, held in Lille, France in 2005 and again in Treviso in 2006, were won by England national under-18 rugby union team, England. Alternating between France and Italy, the next three championships were held in Biarritz, Treviso again, and Toulon in 2009. All three were taken out by France, but of Europes top rugby playing nations, Wales national under-18 rugby union team, Wales and Scotland national under-18 rugby union team, Scotland did not take part in the latest editions.


Format

The championship, similar to previous editions, was organised in an A, B, C and D Division, with A being the highest and D the lowest. Each division consisted of eight teams and each team played three competition games, with a quarter final, semi final and final/placing game. The quarter finals were played according to a seeding list, with the winners moving on to the first to fourth place semi finals while the losers would enter the fifth to eighth place semi finals. The winners of the semi finals one to four would play in the division final while the losers would play for third place. Similarly, the winners of the fifth to eighth semi finals would play for fifth place while the losers would play for seventh. The winner of the A division was crowned European champions while the eighth placed team would originally be relegated to the B division. Similarly, the winner of B, C and D division would move up a division for 2010 while the last placed teams would nominally be relegated. This meant, France was crowned European champions while Italy national under-18 rugby union team, Italy finished on the relegation spot, but was reprieved of relegation by England choosing not to participate in the 2010 tournament. Germany national under-18 rugby union team, Germany won the B division, Czech Republic national under-18 rugby union team, Czech Republic the C division and Luxembourg national under-18 rugby union team, Luxembourg the D. The last placed teams, for the same reason as Italy, were all spared relegation, too. With a French Riviera, Côte d'Azur Selection, a non-national team took part to provide even numbers in all four divisions. With Armenia national under-18 rugby union team, Armenia and Monaco national under-18 rugby union team, Monaco, two teams took part that hadn't taken part in previous editions and would not do so again in 2010, while Bosnia and Herzegovina national under-18 rugby union team, Bosnia and Herzegovina, which had played the previous two tournaments, did also not take part in 2010. The teams of England, Italy and Ireland at the tournament were ''B'' selections, as these nations had committed themselves to an Under-18 Festival in Parma, Italy, where Wales and Scotland also took part. The French team however opted to take part in the European Championship instead.


Venues

The games of the 2009 championship were played at the following locations: * Toulon * Hyères * Draguignan * Saint-Raphaël, Var, Saint-Raphaël * La Londe-les-Maures * La Valette-du-Var * La Seyne-sur-Mer * Six-Fours-les-Plages


Teams and final standings

The participating teams and their final standings were:


Games

The results of the games:


A Division


Championship


Relegation


B Division


Championship


Relegation


C Division


Championship

* The Hungary Sweden semi final was decided on number of tries scored, which Sweden won 3-2.


Relegation


D Division


Championship


Relegation

* Quarter final awarded to Israel after problems linked to Monacos players eligibility. * Quarter and semi final awarded to opposition after problems linked to Côte d'Azur Selection players eligibility.


References


External links


FIRA-AER official website

U18 - 2009 FIRA-AER Justin Bridou European Championship
FIRA-AER website {{DEFAULTSORT:Under-18 European Under-18 Rugby Union Championship, 2009 2009 rugby union tournaments for national teams, Europe Sport in Var (department) 2008–09 in European rugby union 2008–09 in French rugby union International rugby union competitions hosted by France