The Future Stars of Rugby will heads to Manchester this summer as the best young players from across the globe compete in the World Rugby U20 Championship.
The tournament will see 12 teams compete over five match days, including the semi-finals on June 20 and the final on June 25.
France will face Argentina at the AJ Bell Stadium when the tournament kicks-off on June 7, while South Africa will take on Japan at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium. England share pool B with Scotland and Italy, as well as 2010 World Rugby U20 Championship runners-up Australia.
370+ former U20s players have made the step up to senior international level, including RWC 2015 winners Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Julian Savea and Aaron Smith of New Zealand, Wales captain Sam Warburton, Ireland’s Conor Murray and England’s own Henry Slade and Jack Nowell.
Jack Clifford and Maro Itoje were winning captains in 2013 and 2014 respectively, as part of the Rugby Football Union’s commitment to delivering the best World Rugby U20 Championship yet, a range of programmes have been created to make sure everyone can get involved with the competition. A trophy tour will take place throughout May, culminating in the official launch event on June 4, while team welcoming ceremonies will ensure the visiting nations find a ‘home away from home’ in the Greater Manchester area.
There is a journalism competition for budding rugby writers, while a theater group will be touring the city, telling the story of the sport.
For more details on how to get involved, visit www.englandrugby.com/u20championships/get-involved
To see the Future Stars of Rugby at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester this June and for more information, including how to buy tickets, visit http://www.englandrugby.com/u20championships/
ORDER TICKETS ONLINE:
£6 adult link for Match Days 1, 2 and 3 at the venues where England are playing (Match Day 2 at Academy – sold out)
Match Day 1: Tuesday 7 June – Academy Stadium Click Here
Match Day 2: Saturday 11 June – AJ Bell Stadium Click Here
Match Day 3: Wednesday 15 June – AJ Bell Stadium Click Here