St Kents crowned world champions

Saint Kentigern College won the Rugby World Youth Tournament for the first time. Photo / Supplied
Saint Kentigern College won the Rugby World Youth Tournament for the first time. Photo / Supplied

The Saint Kentigern College First XV has won the Rugby World Youth Tournament in Japan, the eighth time a New Zealand school has claimed the title.

The Pakuranga school thrashed tournament favourites Hartpury College 40-8 in the final, crossing over six times against England's top ranked school.

St Kents amassed 309 points across their six games, conceding just 34 points.

The school beat two Japanese teams and Russian side in pool play where they conceded just one try. They then eased by Japan's Gose Industrial High School 66-12 in the quarter-finals before beating St Joseph's Nudgee College from Australia 45-7 in the semis.

It is the fourth straight year the tournament has been won by a New Zealand school with Auckland's Kelston Boys High School winning last year and Hamilton Boys High School taking out the 2010 and 2011 tournaments.

- nzherald.co.nz

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