Fixture schedule for World Rugby U20 Trophy announced

Scotland will play Samoa, Hong Kong China and Japan in pool stage

Scotland Under-20s will play Samoa, Hong Kong China and Japan in the pool stage of this year's Junior World Trophy which is being hosted at Edinburgh's Hive Stadium. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Scotland Under-20s will play Samoa, Hong Kong China and Japan in the pool stage of this year's Junior World Trophy which is being hosted at Edinburgh's Hive Stadium. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE fixture schedule for this summer’s World Rugby U20 Trophy, which is being hosted at Edinburgh’s Hive Stadium, has been announced, with Scotland set to play pool matches against Samoa on Tuesday 2nd July at 5.15pm, Hong Kong China on Sunday 7th July 2.15pm and Japan on Friday 12th July at 7.45pm.

Kenny Murray‘s Scotland team must win the tournament to gain promotion back into the World Championship in 2025, following relegation in 2019. There was no Trophy tournaments between 2020 and 2022 due to Covid, while Scotland’s loss to Uruguay in their final pool match in Kenya last year cost them a return to the to table.

To gain promotion this year, Scotland must top their pool and then win a play-off against the winner of Pool B, which features Uruguay, Netherlands and still to be confirmed qualifiers from Africa (the winner of the Barthés Trophy being played at the end of this month which will feature Kenya, Tunisia, Namibia and hosts Zimbabwe, who are the likely winners based on recent form) and the Americas (which will be either USA or Canada).


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Scotland can expect a sterner test in their pool match against Samoa than they faced when hammering the Pacific Islanders 83-10 in last year’s 3rd/4th place play-off. Meanwhile, Japan were the team relegated into the Trophy last season after losing 45-27 to Italy in the 11th/12th place play-off of the Championship

Pool A Matches –

  • Tuesday 2 July: Japan v Hong Kong China (kick-off 11.15am)
  • Tuesday 2 July: Scotland v Samoa (kick-off 5.15pm)
  • Sunday 7 July: Scotland v Hong Kong China  (kick-off 2.15pm)
  • Sunday 7 July: Japan v Samoa (kick-off 5.15pm)
  • Friday 12 July: Samoa v Hong Kong China (kick off 11.45am)
  • Friday 12 July: Scotland v Japan (kick off 7.45pm)

Pool B Matches –

  • Tuesday 2 July: Uruguay v Africa 1 (kick-off 2.30pm)
  • Tuesday 2 July: Netherlands v Americas 1 (kick-off 7.45pm)
  • Sunday 7 July: Uruguay v Americas 1 (kick-off 11.45am)
  • Sunday 7 July: Netherland v Africa 1 (kick-off 7.45pm)
  • Friday 12 July: Americas 1 v Africa 1 (kick off 2.30pm)
  • Friday 12 July: Uruguay v Netherland (kick off 5.15pm)

Finals Day –

  • Wednesday 17 July
    • 7th Place Play-off: Pool A 4th v Pool B 4th (kick off 11.45am)
    • 5th Place Play-off: Pool A 3rd v Pool B 3rd (kick off 2.30pm)
    • 3rd Place Play-off: Pool A 2nd v Pool B 2nd (kick off 5.15pm)
    • 1st Place Play-off: Pool A 1st v Pool B 1st (kick off 7.45pm)

Broadcast details for the tournament will be confirmed soon.


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3 Comments

  1. So, it looks like Kenny Murray is being allowed to continue in charge, after three failures in a row? That simply doesn’t happen in normal (non-SRU) organisations.

    Results also suggest that there should be a shake-up amongst the playing squad too, but that won’t happen either. It’s all a bit disappointing.

    In spite of everything, the rolling maul tactic that the u20’s rely on so heavily for tries, should be too much for most opponents. Given home advantage, anything other than victory in the competition would be awful.

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  2. Not sure why Kenny Murray is being allowed to continue in charge after three failed competitions in a row? That simply doesn’t happen in a normal (non-SRU) set-up. It’s disappointing.

    Should have been a bit of a shake up amongst the playing squad too, but I’m sure that won’t happen either. In spite of everything, multiple tries from rolling mauls are likely to be enough to see Scotland win it. Complete embarrassment if they don’t, given home advantage.

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