Match Schedule Announced For World Rugby U20 Trophy In Brazil
• Eight teams to compete over four matchdays in São José dos Campos
• Japan aiming to bounce back following relegation from U20 Championship
• Hosts Brazil at all-time high in senior men’s World Rugby ranking #24
• More than 16 million rugby fans in Brazil according to Nielsen research
The pools and match schedule have been confirmed for the 2019 World Rugby U20 Trophy which will be staged in São José dos Campos, Brazil from July 9-21.
The 12th edition of the annual global second-tier age-grade tournament will see eight teams playing for the prize of promotion to the U20 Championship, while developing the talent who will become the stars of the future in many of the emerging nations of rugby.
The competition format involves two pools of four teams who will compete over three matchdays in the group phase on 9, 13 and 17 July, before the finals day on 21 July.
The 2017 Champions Japan, who were relegated from the U20 Championship last year, will take on Kenya, Uruguay and either USA or Canada in Pool A, with the North American representative to be decided by a two match play-off on June 4 and 8 in Victoria, Canada.
Hosts Brazil are making their first appearance in the U20 Trophy and will face Portugal, Hong Kong and Tonga in Pool B.
All games will take place at the Martins Pereira Stadium, which played host to several matches in during the Americas Rugby Championship earlier this year.
The event marks the first time Brazil will host a World Rugby global competition in the fifteen’s version of the game, following the outstanding success of the rugby sevens tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “The age-grade tournaments provide an important development opportunity for the next generation of stars to hone their skills in a competitive environment and I am sure we will witness exciting, high-quality rugby throughout the event.
Author: World Rugby.