Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament

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Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament
SportRugby union
Inaugural season2000
No. of teams16 (boys)
8 (girls' sevens)
CountryJapan
Venue(s)Global Arena, Munakata
Most recent
champion(s)
South Africa Paul Roos Gymnasium (2nd title)
Most titlesNew Zealand Hamilton Boys' High School (3 titles)
Related
competitions
National High School Rugby Tournament
National 1st XV Championship
NatWest Schools Cup
Scottish Rugby Schools' Cup
Official websitesanix-sports.com

The Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament is a prestigious international rugby union tournament for 15-a-side youth teams which is held every year during the Golden Week holidays (29 April – 5/6 May) in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan. Participation is by invitation only, and the overseas schools selected by their respective unions to represent their country are generally expected to be of a high standard and among the top five in each country; the event is hosted by the Japan Rugby Football Union and supported by various local bodies including the Kyushu RFU, the Sanix Sports Foundation and Munakata City. The Global Arena in Munakata, Fukuoka on the island of Kyūshū is the venue for this tournament.

The Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament has become the pinnacle of the sport for schoolboy rugby, with the champions being considered the strongest school-age rugby team in the world.

History[edit]

In 2000 the first tournament was contested by 11 Japanese and five foreign high school teams from various countries. (The tournament expanded from 16 to 20 schools in 2009, thus increasing in both size and importance.) It is a unique competition in world rugby for high schools, and is almost a "mini World Cup". The idea was devised and initially funded by the Sanix company president Mr. Munemasa. Sanix still provides about half the substantial costs for overseas teams to participate.

Three or four of the Japanese teams are from the local area Kyūshū, where high school rugby is particularly strong; the rest are from elsewhere in Japan. A Scottish pipe band is a regular fixture, though there was no band in 2007; however Dollar Academy has participated twice as Scotland's sole representative so far in the tournament in 2000 and 2004, and George Watson's College Pipe Band, Edinburgh have played both the opening and closing ceremonies from 2008 to date. One Italian team (Istituto Casteller) took part in 2002, and Camarthenshire College from Wales has also participated.

In 2014 the tournament debuted a girls' rugby sevens tournament to run parallel to the boys' competition; the debut girls' tournament was won by a Kanto regional selection team, and the most recent champions are St Mary's College, Wellington who won the 2017 tournament.

Dax Landes High School, 2009 champions, together with the runners-up Higashi Fukuoka H.S. after the final

Competing nations[edit]

As of 2018 a total of 20 countries have participated in at least one edition of the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament, with many countries being represented annually. Nations who have competed in the tournament are as follows:

Champions[edit]

Boys' competition[edit]

Marist College Canberra 2006 Sanix Rugby Squad Australia
Year # of Teams Final Losing semi-finalists
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Fourth place
2000 16 Australia The King's School 28-5 South Africa Paul Roos Gymnasium New Zealand Aranui High School Scotland Dollar Academy
2001 24 South Africa Grey College - New Zealand St Peter's College Japan Higashi Fukuoka High School Australia St Mary's College
2002 16 South Africa Hoër Landbouskool Boland[1][circular reference] 32 - 10 Japan Sendai Ikuei Gakuen H.S. Fiji Ratu Kadavulevu School New Zealand Wesley College
2003 16 New Zealand Rotorua Boys' High School - Tonga Tonga College South Africa St Alban's College Republic of Ireland Royal Belfast Academical
2004 16 New Zealand Rotorua Boys' High School 36 - 18 Japan Higashi Fukuoka High School South Africa Ermelo High School Australia St Stanislaus' College
2005 16 New Zealand Christchurch Boys' H.S. 32 - 8 Australia The Southport School South Africa Hoërskool Waterkloof Japan Osaka Institute Technology
2006 16 New Zealand Christchurch Boys' H.S. 34 - 20 South Africa Monument High School Japan Tokai Uni. Gyosei H.S. Japan Higashi Fukuoka High School
2007 16 Australia Westfields Sports H.S. - Japan Higashi Fukuoka High School New Zealand Christchurch Boys' H.S. Samoa Avele College
2008 16 South Africa Glenwood High School 39 - 0 France Tarbes High School New Zealand Gisborne Boys' H.S. Australia St Edmund's College
2009 20 France Dax Landes High School 38 - 30 Japan Higashi Fukuoka High School South Africa Glenwood High School New Zealand De La Salle College
2010 16 New Zealand Hamilton Boys' H.S. 40 - 8 England Truro College Australia The Hills Sports H.S. South Africa Marais Viljoen High School
2011 16 New Zealand Hamilton Boys' H.S. 35 - 17 England Ivybridge Community College South Africa Paarl Boys' High School Japan Toin Gakuen H.S.
2012 16 New Zealand Kelston Boys' High School 37 - 24 England Truro College Tonga Tonga College Japan Tokai Uni. Gyosei H.S.
2013 16 New Zealand St Kentigern College 40 - 8 England Hartpury College Australia St Joseph's College South Africa Daniel Pienaar Technical H.S.
2014 16 New Zealand Hamilton Boys' H.S. 15 - 11 South Africa Paarl Boys' High School France Lycée Louis de Foix Japan Tokai Uni. Gyosei H.S.
2015 16 South Africa Paul Roos Gymnasium 35 - 3 Australia Brisbane Boys' College New Zealand Scots College England Truro College
2016 16 South Africa Glenwood High School 45 - 6 Japan Higashi Fukuoka High School New Zealand Rotorua Boys' High School England Truro College
2017 16 France Lycée de la Borde Basse 9 - 3 New Zealand Mt Albert Grammar School Japan Higashi Fukuoka High School Japan Toin Gakuen H.S.
2018 16 Fiji Ratu Kadavulevu School 35 - 5 New Zealand Hastings Boys' H.S. Australia St Augustine's College Japan Osaka Toin High School
2019 16 South Africa Paul Roos Gymnasium 52 - 5 New Zealand St Peters College Japan Toin Gakuen H.S. Australia Waverley College

Schools with multiple appearances[edit]

Christchurch Boys High School, 2005 and 2006 champions

In the table below, teams are ordered first by number of appearances, then by number of wins, and finally by year of first appearance. In the "Seasons" column, bold years indicate winning seasons.

Appearances School Seasons
8 Japan Higashi Fukuoka High School 2004, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
6 Russia Enisei-STM 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
4 England Truro College 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016
4 Japan Saga Industrial (Technical) High School 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
3 New Zealand Hamilton Boys' High School 2010, 2011, 2014
3 South Africa Paul Roos Gymnasium 2000, 2015, 2019
3 New Zealand Rotorua Boys' High School 2003, 2004, 2016
3 South Africa Glenwood High School 2008, 2009, 2016
3 Japan Osaka Toin High School 2017, 2018, 2019
3 Japan Toin Gakuen High School 2017, 2018, 2019
2 New Zealand Christchurch Boys' High School 2005, 2006
2 Japan Onomichi High School 2015, 2018
2 Japan Kyoto Seisho High School 2015, 2019
2 Japan Iwami Chisuikan High School 2015, 2019
2 Japan Tokai University Gyosei High School 2017, 2018
2 Japan Tokai University Sagami High School 2017, 2018
2 South Africa Framesby High School[2] 2017, 2018
2 England Exeter College 2018, 2019

Girls' sevens competition[edit]

Year # of Teams Final Losing semi-finalists
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Fourth place
2014 8 Japan Kanto Selection 35 - 21 Australia Sunshine Coast Stingrays Japan Fukuoka Ladies' R.F.C. New Zealand Feilding High School
2015 8 New Zealand Hamilton Girls' H.S. 31 - 12 Japan Fukuoka Ladies' R.F.C. Japan Iwami Chisuikan H.S. Hong Kong Hong Kong Sports School
2016 8 Japan Otemon Gakuen H.S. 38 - 5 Japan Tochigi Strawberries New Zealand Hamilton Girls' High School Japan Fukuoka Ladies' R.F.C.
2017 8 New Zealand St Mary's College 26 - 22 Japan Kokugakuen Uni. Tochigi H.S. England Hartpury College Australia Aranmore Catholic College
2018 8 Japan Iwami Chisuikan H.S. 17 - 10 New Zealand Hamilton Girls' H.S. Japan Otemon Gakuen H.S. Japan Fukuoka Ladies R.F.C.

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