Click here for a list of the current top scorers in the 2006 IRB Under-19 World Championship, as well as some “Did You Know?” facts from the tournament in Dubai.
…Out-half Brian Collins – Ireland’s top points scorer…
2006 IRB UNDER-19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:
TOP POINTS SCORERS – AFTER TWO MATCHES –
45 – Colin Slade (New Zealand)
34 – Luke McLean (Australia)
31 – Giulio Rubini (Italy), Seremaia Tagicakibau (Fiji)
24 – Daniel Cipriani (England)
22 – Mathieu Belie (France)
20 – Brian Collins (IRELAND), Lachlan Rosengreen (Australia)
19 – Rhys Jones (Wales), Benjamin Omegna (Chile)
18 – Tane Puki (New Zealand)
16 – Alberico Passadore (Uruguay)
15 – Andrea Bacchetti (Italy), Timothy Bateman (New Zealand), Jack Durling (Canada), Levan Genebashvili (Georgia), Gareth Goodin (New Zealand), Joshua Holmes (Australia), Tomasi Mawi (Fiji), Brando Vaaulu (Australia)
TOP TRY SCORERS –
4 – Lachlan Rosengreen (Australia), Colin Slade (New Zealand)
3 – Andrea Bacchetti (Italy), Timothy Bateman (New Zealand), Jack Durling (Canada), Gareth Goodin (New Zealand), Joshua Holmes (Australia), Tomasi Mawi (Fiji), Brando Vaaulu (Australia), Pietro Valcastelli (Italy)
2 – Luca Beccaris (Italy), Gonzalo Campomar (Uruguay), Santiago Favaro (Italy), Joaquin Garcia (Argentina), Brett Gillespie (Australia), James Hanson (Australia), Morne Jooste (South Africa), Guram Kavtidze (Georgia), Iliesa Keresoni (Fiji)
IRISH SCORERS – AFTER TWO MATCHES –
20 – Brian Collins (1 con, 6 pens)
5 – Keith Earls, Sean Carey, Conor McInerney (1 try each)
DID YOU KNOW? –
– IRELAND are the TOP PENALTY SCORERS after two matches. Castleknock College out-half Brian Collins has kicked SIX successful penalties. Chile and France are close behind on five.
– There have been no red cards in the tournament so far. GEORGIA have the worst discipline of the teams with FOUR YELLOW CARDS. Samoa, Ireland’s next opponents, have had three players in the sin bin.
– The TALLEST PLAYER in the 2006 IRB U-19 World Championship is French lock THOMAS VERVOORT at 6ft 8in/202cm. Locks Thomas Walsh (Castleknock College) and Andrew Browne (Galwegians RFC) share the honour as Ireland’s tallest players – both stand at 6ft 5in/196cm.
– New Zealand’s eighteen-year-old monster prop BEN AFEAKI is the HEAVIEST PLAYER at 23st 2lbs/147kg. At 6ft 4in, North Harbour’s Afeaki takes some stopping! Ruaidhri Murphy of Castleknock College is Ireland’s heaviest player, weighing in at 18st 4lbs/116kg and standing at 6ft 2in. An honourable mention for a player who Ireland will come face to face with on Thursday – Samoan flanker Afa Tasipale who, at just 17, weighs in at a mammoth 22st 12lbs/145kg. All six of the Samoan squad’s props weight between 17st 5lbs and 22st 1lb – give us mobility any day!