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Monday Jun 2, 2014

Wales Under-20 Dafydd Howells scores fastest try in international rugby

Wales Under-20 Dafydd Howells scores fastest try in international rugby

The Junior World Championship kicked off in Auckland today with Wales, South Africa and England topping the pools after day one. In Pool B we saw one of the fastest tries from a kick-off ever, as Wales got off to a flyer vs Fiji, scoring after just 7 seconds.

The opening day included big wins for South Africa, who beat Scotland 61-5, England who beat Italy 63-3, Australia who beat Argentina 36-17 and hosts New Zealand, who beat Samoa 48-12. In the tightest contest of the day, France beat Ireland 19-13.

“We saw some real tough battles out there on the opening day of #JWC2014,” said Jonah Lomu, acting as IRB Junior World Championship 2014 Tournament Ambassador.

“It’s still too early to call it, but some of the performances were really exciting. There was some real physicality and skill on display today. Now that all the teams have a game under their belt, I’d expect the competition to step up even further on Friday.”

Wales scored five tries in total as they put Fiji away with a 48-19 thumping in Pukekohe. Winger Dafydd Howells chased the kickoff well and got a lucky bounce, allowing him to run away with what is arguably one of the fastest tries ever scored in international rugby.

We’ve posted various clips over the years highlighting some of the fastest tries scored from the kickoff in both domestic and Test rugby, with John Leslie’s try for Scotland in 1999 widely acknowledged as the quickest in Tests. This from Howells however appears to top the list overall.

We’ll get official highlights from all the games posted here throughout the week


  • danknapp
    1:59 PM 04/06/2014

    Time certainly passed slowly when I was there.

  • drg
    12:14 AM 04/06/2014

    Kicker takes about 1 second for his run to the line and kick, so maybe the Guinness world record started from when the ball left his boot.. 8.13-1= 7.13.... close when you're talking milliseconds... Or maybe Doncaster tell the time differently - I hear they're a strange bunch..

  • rugbydump
    10:52 AM 03/06/2014

    Do you mean this try, clocked at 8:13 seconds (according to the video)?

  • reality
    8:21 AM 03/06/2014


  • alasdairduncan3
    9:47 PM 02/06/2014

    Can't see that record being beaten for a while. He's definitely onside from the kick too: Great Try!


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