Juarno Augustus ended the World Under-20 Championship as the leading try-scorer with seven. Photo: World Rugby

Junior Springbok No 8 Juarno Augustus was named the World Rugby Under-20 Championship Player of the Tournament on Sunday as the curtain came down on the three-week tournament at a glittering function in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Augustus, fondly known as “Trokkie” by his teammates, crossed the tryline in each of the team’s five matches in the international spectacle to finish the tournament with a grand total of seven tries, the most by any player.

Augustus touched down twice against France in their opening match of the tournament, with his second try being the vital one to claim a draw.

The Western Province youngster scored against Georgia and Argentina as well, twice in the semi-final against England and added another in the bronze playoff against France on Sunday.

He went up against England captain Zach Mercer and his teammate Gabriel Ibiotye, and New Zealand’s Tiaan Falcon and Will Jordan for the prestigious award.

“It is a surreal feeling to win this award,” Augustus said. “I didn’t think I would win it.

“It is an honour and privilege for me, and certainly a highlight in my career.

“I’d like to thank my teammates, coaches and the public who voted for me. I’d also like to thank my family for their unwavering support throughout my career. This is a very special moment.”

The Junior Boks depart for South Africa via Istanbul on Monday, and will land in Cape Town on Tuesday.

SA Rugby

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