Six Nations announce boys and girls’ under-18s festivals

The first ever Six Nations Under-18s Women’s rugby festival will be hosted on the Murrayfield campus in mid-April, while the Men's tournament is in France

The DAM Health Stadium. Image: © Craig Watson -
The DAM Health Stadium. Image: © Craig Watson -

SIX NATIONS RUGBY has announced that it will stage its first ever girls’ under-18s festival, to be hosted at the Murrayfield campus in Edinburgh, with two match-days on Saturday 9th and Wednesday 13th April. Scotland will play a 35 minute game against Wales and a 35 minute game against Italy on day one, then a 35 minute game against Italy again on day two.

Meanwhile, the boys under-18s festival will make its comeback after two years in hibernation due to Covid and be played at the French Federation National Centre in Marcoussis, France, with three game days on Saturday 9th, Wednesday 13th and Sunday 17th April. Scotland will play a 70 minute game against Italy on day one, against England on day two and France on day three.

“This is a great development for our sport, and in particular the Women’s game,” said Julie Paterson, Director of Rugby, Six Nations.  “Six Nations Rugby and its unions and federations are committed and excited to put foundations in place, that can lead to the sustainable growth of our women’s competitions, for the good of the game.

“We are at a watershed moment for women’s rugby, a huge year for this area of the game, with all eyes on the Rugby World Cup, in New Zealand later this year, and the introduction of a Women’s Under-18 platform highlights the collective ambition to realise this incredible opportunity to motivate growth in the game.”

“It is hugely exciting to think, that we could see stars of the future emerge at the Under-18 level that go on to represent the unions and federations at the elite international level in years to come.”

The details of the festivals are as follows (a full schedule will be issued in due course):

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