Scotland to host World Rugby U20s Trophy this summer

Edinburgh's Hive Stadium has been announced as the venue for the eight-team tournament in the first half of July

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Back-row forward Jonny Morris in action for Scotland Under-20s. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND has been announced as the host nation for this summer’s World Rugby Under-20 Trophy, with  Edinburgh’s Hive Stadium being the venue for all games in the eight-team tournament. Matches will take palce from 2 to 17 July.

The Trophy is the second tier of World Rugby’s age-group tournament, and Scotland will be among the favoruites to win promotion to the World Championship – although they failed to do so last year, ending up third after losing their final pool game to Uruguay.

Scotland have been drawn in Pool A alongside Japan, Hong Kong and either Samoa or Tonga. Pool B will consist of Uruguay, the Netherlands, the USA or Canada and the winners of the forthcoming African qualifying tournament.

The three rounds of pool games will be held on Tuesday 2, Sunday 7 and Friday 12, with the final and the ranking matches taking place on Wednesday 17.

The 12-team World Rugby Championship will again be held in South Africa. That tournament kicks off on 29 June and finishes on 19 July.

Announcing the two host nations, World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “The U20 pathway is at the heart of our ambition to develop competitiveness globally. Since their inception in 2008, the World Rugby U20 Championship and Trophy have provided exciting opportunities for the future stars of the game to express their talents and develop before reaching test level as well as a compelling spectacle for anyone interested in our game.

“South Africa and Scotland will be fantastic hosts and provide ideal conditions for the 20 best U20 teams in the world to perform and I would like to thank our two member unions for taking up the hosting challenge. I am convinced many of the talented young players featuring in these competitions will leave their mark, not only on these two tournaments but also on international rugby later down the line.”

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10 Comments

  1. Number of good points made in the thread. Coaching team will they be kept on if the rest of the 6 nations is a disaster. When did the SRU decide to put a bid in to host or is this the only way they feel we can win a tournament. And let’s hope the management team can make sure all players selected are eligible to play and not find out a couple of days before a game as with the Tight head before the Wales game.

  2. If Scotland fail to win the tournament and gain promotion, will this make them a Tier 2 nation at Age group level?

  3. Curious to see what will happen come the summer.

    Will Kenny Murray and co. keep their roles, no matter the outcome of the U20 6 Nations campaign? Will the coaches, whoever they may be, stick with the same group of players no matter what, or will some fresh faces be given a chance to show what they can do?

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    • Controversial – to say the least! Corruption, sleaze – or worse?
      Scotland hosting the tournament raises grave questions over World Rugby governance.
      Scotland will host the u20 Trophy after not competing in the qualifiers.
      Moreover, Scotland will have home advantage and will be the only Tier 1 country competing.

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