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WORLD RUGBY U20 CHAMPIONSHIP

The World Rugby U20 Championship (known as the IRB Junior World Championship until 2014) is an international competition between the 12 best Under-20 men's sides on the planet, and is organised by the sport's governing body, World Rugby. This event, which replaced the former age-grade world championships (the U19 and U21 World Championships), returned in 2023 after it was last played in 2019 before the pandemic. The 2023 and 2024 Championships will be hosted in South Africa.

The history

The inaugural tournament was held in June 2008, hosted by Wales and with 16 teams participating. The number of participating nations was reduced to 12 before the 2010 tournament due to financial reasons. The U20 Championship is the upper level of the World Rugby tournament structure for national Under-20 sides - a second-tier competition, the U20 Trophy, features eight teams. The Junior Springboks won the title in 2012, when the tournament was hosted in South Africa. New Zealand (6 - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017), England (3 - 2013, 2014, 2016) and France (3 - 2018, 2019, 2023) are the other previous winners of the title. Due to the COVID-pandemic, the tournament was canceled from 2020 to 2022.

FIXTURES

Italy U20

14 Jul | Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch

14:00

Spain U20

Argentina U20

14 Jul | DHL Stadium, Cape Town

14:00

Junior Springboks

England U20

14 Jul | DHL Stadium, Cape Town

16:30

Ireland U20

RESULTS

09 Jul|Athlone Stadium, Cape Town

Junior Springboks

12 - 17

England U20

09 Jul|Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch

New Zealand U20

45 - 13

Spain U20

09 Jul|Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch

Georgia U20

28 - 17

Italy U20