The 2016 Under 20 World Rugby Championship was the ninth competition for Under 20 national teams. Twelve nations took part in the tournament, which was held at two venues in Greater Manchester—AJ Bell Stadium in Salford and Manchester City Academy Stadium in Manchester.
New Zealand went into the tournament as defending champions. The competition was won by hosts England.
Ireland U20’s had their most successful competition to date, losing to England in the final after notable wins against Six Nations Champions Wales, and defending World Champions New Zealand in the pool stages.