The New Zealand U-20 rugby team has won the world championships for the fourth successive time. Their final against England has just ended, with the Baby Blacks running out 33-22 winners.
This is a fantastic achievement. The team is unbeaten in four world championships; 24 consecutive wins. It's a breeding ground for professional rugby players, and for future All Blacks. Just two years ago Aaron Cruden and Zac Guilford were stars at the IRB tournament; within twelve months both were All Blacks.
The 2011 team is coached by Mark Anscombe, and captained by the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of Whitelock brothers, Luke. There are a number of familiar surnames amongst the team, and a select few have already tasted Super Rugby. That number will increase markedly in 2012.
Well done to the U-20's. This is a fantastic result, and reinforces New Zealand's reputation as rugby's most prolific nursery. We can but hope that the U-20's success will be repeated in a few months time!