IRB lauds SA for JWC

2012-06-25 20:36

Cape Town - International Rugby Board (IRB) chairperson Bernard Lapasset has hailed the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 as a "huge success", and has thanked the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and the people of Cape Town for the way they embraced the showcase age grade tournament.

The 2012 edition raised the bar again for an event that is firmly established as an eagerly anticipated fixture on the annual global Rugby calendar, delivering a record 35 000 attendance for the final, a strong legacy programme and a new name on the trophy as South Africa became the first team to topple New Zealand since the Championship's inception in 2008.

“Once again the IRB Junior World Championship produced some spectacular rugby played in a wonderful spirit in front of exceptional crowds. The future stars of rugby have shown us that our sport is in very good hands,” said Lapasset in Cape Town for the record-breaking final.

“The rugby fans of Cape Town and Stellenbosch have embraced this tournament in their thousands with a record crowd for a final. Across the world, all 30 matches were broadcast for the first time to a global audience of 240 million homes. The IRB Junior World Championship was a truly memorable event and we look forward to France 2013."

The tournament was won by the host nation for the first time as South Africa ended New Zealand’s four-year dominance with a hard-fought 22-16 victory. Wales, Argentina and Ireland all secured their best ever finish and both finalists lost a match on the way to the final, making this IRB Junior World Championship the most competitive ever.

To date, more than 160 players have graduated from the Championship to full Test arena since the tournament’s inaugural event in Wales in 2008.

The growing list contains some of the brightest talents in the game, including Australia flanker David Pocock and flyhalf Quade Cooper, Wales captain Sam Warburton and team-mate Leigh Halfpenny, New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup winning trio of Aaron Cruden, Sam Whitelock and Zac Guildford, England’s Owen Farrell and South Africa’s own Patrick Lambie.

For hosts South Africa, the Championship was a huge success, underlining the enormous appetite for the sport at all levels.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the South African Rugby Union and Cape Town and Stellenbosch for all their hard work, commitment and passion to deliver a fantastic event, which laid the foundations for the huge success of the Championship,” said Lapasset.

“They have been rewarded with a tournament which will live long in the hearts of minds of all those who took part, watched, or were part of the legacy programme and they have certainly raised the bar for subsequent events to follow.”


  • Tom - 2012-06-25 20:39

    baby boks accused of raping 15 new zealanders

      Andrew - 2012-06-25 20:51

      not funny!!

      jan.l.louw - 2012-06-25 22:20

      Poor taste

      Nick - 2012-06-25 22:56


      Benny - 2012-06-26 06:40

      Tom ek dink dis skreeu snaaks.

      Tom - 2012-06-26 07:44

      Not funny, hilarious

      TravieGrif - 2012-06-26 10:52

      That joke is really offsides. Mate I would stay away from jokes like that on a public forum. It its not appropriate.

      Tom - 2012-06-26 12:02

      yeah you right but i dont care

      paul.sdoow - 2012-06-26 12:15

      tom there is a difference between being raped and making them our biatches!

  • Andrew - 2012-06-25 20:53

    Well done to the organisers and to Cape Town/Stellenbosch....and the Baby Bokke!!! It was an unexpected event on the sporting calendar that was a pleasure to watch!!! I will be looking out for it next year.

      Benny - 2012-06-26 06:41

      Imagine hoe suksesvol dit sou wees as dit in Pretoria was.

      lydonmcg - 2012-06-26 07:29

      You'll notice they're thanking "Cape Town" and "Stellenbosch." Not "Cape Town" and the "University of Stellenbosch." They're thanking the people of the two areas in which the game was played...

      LaurenJade - 2012-06-26 08:09

      Remember Stellenbosch's games had to be moved to Cape Town because of the poor pitch? That was just embarrassing. So props to the organisers for resolving that issue!

  • julie.fouldien - 2012-06-25 20:54

    The University of the Western Cape??? If I'm not mistaken games were played there to so I wonder why they are not receiving gratitude?

      Tom - 2012-06-25 20:58

      bush college

      Andrew - 2012-06-25 21:35

      @julie...good point!! They also have a new Head of Rugby!!!

  • Denése - 2012-06-25 21:17

    What a great tournament. Congrats to the organizers - you did a great job! Congrats to the Baby Boks for the exciting entertainment and for boosting our pride at the end! Well Done - you can hold your heads high.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-25 21:46

    Shame man one oke commenting here seems jealous.

      Harold - 2012-06-26 06:50


  • Eugene - 2012-06-25 23:10

    Bernard Lapasset is only seeing $$ now with a household viewing audience of 240 000 000... think broadcasting rights, sponsorships, etc.

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-06-25 23:55

    Well done Bokkies!

  • Harold - 2012-06-26 06:50

    Well done Cape Town. It must be all the Bulls supporters living down there.

      lydonmcg - 2012-06-26 07:30

      Pretoria that bad?

      Harold - 2012-06-26 07:45

      Not really, but you do have the sea down there. It's a nice place to go on pension. At least that's what Bryan told us.

      mario.borchards - 2012-06-26 09:21

      Most Bulls supporters, actually fans, only 'support' their teams by posting on forums and looking at the box with a Klippies and Coke in the hand. Where as we Stormers supporters brave the wind, rain and cold of Newlands and truly support our team. Western Cape is where Rugby supporters live!

      Harold - 2012-06-26 09:35

      No Mario, Western Cape is where desperate supporters live.

      mario.borchards - 2012-06-26 14:10

      @ Harold: The ONLY reason why the JWC was the BEST ever was because of the brilliant Rugby supporters of the Western Cape. We know how to host our guests and we know how to support our team. God forbid they have the JWC ever in Pretoria. You guys up North cannot even support your local team. It is embarrassing to see all the empty seats when the Bulls play.

  • philip.bromley - 2012-06-26 07:21

    Cape Town once again shows its support for the events staged there. Pity SARU continue to snub Cape Town with fixtures. No Lions Test No Tri Nations test last year, Argentina this year No England Test CT has the highest attendance across the whole Super 15 Can the Rugby authorities cut the politics and support the crowds that support them.

      Tom - 2012-06-26 07:43

      Play tests in places that work to your advantage. We beat Argentina at sea level or altitude, but let's play the tougher ones at altitude

      Harold - 2012-06-26 07:48

      Philip, I feel for you, really. It's just that since test matches are shown around the world, SARU would like to show crowds where there are actually more teeth than supporters.

      mario.borchards - 2012-06-26 09:22

      Most Bulls supporters, actually fans, only 'support' their teams by posting on forums and looking at the box with a Klippies and Coke in the hand. Where as we Stormers supporters brave the wind, rain and cold of Newlands and truly support our team. Western Cape is where Rugby supporters live!

      Tom - 2012-06-26 09:56

      Mario u r An idiot. Province supporters sit on forums and bash bulls players to show support for their team. And they brave that cape winter wether while they do it oh thts courgeous how I envy you

      mario.borchards - 2012-06-26 14:16

      @ Tom: Bashing other teams players on forums do not make you a supporter. The first rule of Supporters 101 which you probably never attended, says you have to go and scream at the stadium. The players cannot hear you when you shout at the TV or monitor. Oh my really thought they can hear you!.......TBBS(Typical Brainless Bulls Supporter)

      Tom - 2012-06-26 17:08

      Can't hear you over my season ticket

  • Niel - 2012-06-26 08:35

    Oh Harold. Seems to have the old chip on his shoulder. shame. poor man.

      Harold - 2012-06-26 08:59

      Good one.

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