Under 20s Championship tournament begins June 4

Under 20s Championship tournament begins June 4
BEDFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Joel Kpoku of England and Davide Ruggeri of Italy compete in a maul during the Under 20's Six Nations match between England U20 and Italy U20 at Goldington Road on March 08, 2019 in Bedford, England. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Six months into the year; one where the Rugby World Cup holds much attention, the Under 20s Championship tournament begins on June 4 in Argentina.

The annual contest between the leading sides will again showcase the young talent, which will become the superstars in the future. This tournament is the setting where names like Rieko Ioane, Owen Farrell, and Jacob Stockdale.

In 2019, which new names will emerge in the Under 20s Championship that will create new worldwide fans.

Under 20s Championship tournament begins June 4

Pools have been drawn for the two-week tournament. Spanning the rugby-mad cities of Rosario, Victoria, and Santa Fe, the 12 teams will be divided into three pools.

  • Pool A – Argentina (host nation), Fiji, Wales, and France

  • Pool B – Ireland, Australia, England, and Italy

  • Pool C – Georgia, Scotland, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Difficult, if not impossible, to ‘call out’ favourites. So Last Word on Rugby will do what thousands of fans will …..just anticipate the approaching entertainment.

These young men have everything to gain. Success on the International stage, as well as experience that will only benefit the entire playing group. Notoriety – that can be within the squad, or as so happens, as individuals.

And World Rugby has produced many montages on leading players of the past, who took the opportunity afforded them, in this Under 20s Championship tournament.

Besides the individual opportunities, at World Rugby tournaments, the experience is one to treasure. From the point of view of the fan – this reporter stood on a cold winters night in Albany, Auckland, as the South African side faced hosts New Zealand – it is close to being World Cup atmosphere.

But for every match between leading sides, there are matches for developing nations.

In Argentina, that list includes Fiji. The Pacific nation has risen sharply on the world’s rugby stage and at the World Rugby U20 Championship Argentina 2019.

Look for coverage of matches including Fiji, from Jovilisi Waqa and all the LWOR team, as the tournament plays-out from June 4. 30 matches in total, with the Cup final to be held at the Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, on June 22.

Full schedule for the Under 20s Championship tournament.

 

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