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.”