We take a look at six players who have dealt with hardships off the pitch in order to thrive on it.
As he patiently waits to get the one cap he needs to bring up a century for England, Ben Youngs – the northern hemisphere’s most-capped World Rugby U20 Championship graduate – says age-grade rugby’s leading tournament is a great springboard for young players.
We talk to Georgia’s Lasha Khmaladze, the joint-highest cap holder of any World Rugby U20 Trophy graduate, about the importance of the player pathway from international age-grade rugby to test level.
The experienced commentator selects his favourite team from the 700-plus players who have graduated from the World Rugby U20 Championship to the test arena.
Following South Africa’s victory at Rugby World Cup 2019, 28 World Rugby U20 Championship graduates have now lifted the Webb Ellis Cup.
France and Australia play out classic World Rugby U20 Championship final in Argentina.