World Rugby Under-20 Trophy cancelled for second consecutive year

Age-grade Six Nations remains scheduled to go ahead during June and July

Robbie McCallum in action for Scotland Under-20s against France during the 2020 Six Nations. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Robbie McCallum in action for Scotland Under-20s against France during the 2020 Six Nations. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

WORLD RUGBY has confirmed that the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2021 has been cancelled for the second year running due to the global effects of the Covid pandemic. The news follows the cancellation of the World Rugby U20 Championship 2021 announced last month.

Scotland were due to play in this second-tier competition against sides such as Portugal, Tonga, Canada, Uruguay and Kenya, after finishing bottom of the Championship the last time it was played in the summer of 2019. They are desperate to win promotion back to the top table as the exposure that tournament provides has been a vital component of the development pathway for the nation’s best young players in recent years.

The Under-20s Six Nations remains scheduled to go ahead during June and July, having been pushed back from its usual slot shadowing the senior championship.


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“The dynamic nature of the environment combined with travel restrictions do not provide the right conditions to host a safe and successful tournament as initially planned for September,” said a statement issued by the global governing body.

“The decision was made in consultation with partners and unions involved in the junior competition. Regional solutions are being sought for 2021 as World Rugby remains firmly committed to raising competitiveness and standards worldwide through meaningful competitions pathways for the future stars of rugby. An update on age grade competitions for 2022 will follow in due course.”


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