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New Zealand's proud record at Junior World Championships

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allblacks.com     03 May 2014     Getty Images

As we continue our countdown to #JWC2014, we look at some impressive statistics this edition’s hosts have put together over the years.

With the IRB's Junior World Championship being staged in New Zealand in June - at the same time as England will be touring to play three Tests against the All Blacks - the two players concerned above should be in international action again.

Julian Savea, who has scored 19 Test tries, and Sam Whitelock, who has 51 Test caps.

New Zealand has had a close association with the junior world event and has seen 18 players rise to Test status subsequently, and to date that group has totalled 239 caps between them and have scored 498 Test points.



That's not surprising after New Zealand won the first four tournaments staged, the last three coached by Dave Rennie.

Along the way they set the record for most consecutive wins in the Junior World Championship with 21.

It was Wales who broke that sequence in pool play in 2012 when winning 9-6.

Not surprisingly, given their dominance of the event, New Zealand have accumulated the most points, 1300, of any side in the Championship while they have conceded only 350, the least of any team.

Their 274 during the 2011 tournament, the last won by New Zealand, is the most at a single tournament by any side.

In finals the 193 registered by New Zealand are also a record.

Gareth Anscombe's 86 points in 2011 are the most by an individual at a championship while New Zealand's 62-17 win over Australia in 2010 is the highest number of points scored in a final.

Zac Guildford, who had the honour of being named the first All Black to emerge from the Junior World Championship, has a share of the record for most tournament tries with 10, the same number as Ireland's Andrew Conway.

Four New Zealand players have won two Junior World Championship winner’s medals, Guildford (2008-09), Willie Ioane (2009-10), Luke Whitelock and Glen Robertson (2010-11).

Three players have been named the IRB Junior Player of the Year: Luke Braid, Aaron Cruden and Savea.

While Cruden, Guildford and Whitelock have Rugby World Cup winners' medals to go alongside their Junior World Championship winners' medals.

The only score New Zealand has not registered at a Junior World Championship is by dropped goal.

Ofa Tu'ungafasi has been the only New Zealand player sent off during a tournament, and his banning was during the 2012 loss in the final to South Africa.

JWC2014 kicks off in Auckland on Monday 2 June.

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