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2019 World Rugby U20 Championships Groups and Schedule announced

28th February 2019
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The schedule for the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championships in Argentina has been confirmed.

 

Running from Tuesday 4th June until the finals on Saturday 22nd June the Championships will consist of five rounds of games at three locations, Ateneo Inmaculada in Santa Fe, and the Racecourse Stadium and Club Old Resian, both in Rosario.

 

It will be Argentina’s second time hosting the World Rugby U20 Championships, having done so in 2010 as well. They have also hosted the U19 and U21 versions back in 1997 and 2005 before the 2008 age-grade shake up that saw the inaugural World Rugby U20 Championships, then called the IRB Junior World Championships, take place in Wales.

 

France are the reigning champions having won on home turf last year, becoming the first side to break the ten year stranglehold on the tournament of New Zealand, South Africa, and England, who have reached the last six finals in a row.

 

As champions, France are drawn in Group A alongside the hosts, Argentina. For company they also have Wales, losing finalists in 2013 and 7th place finishers last year, and Fiji, promoted this year as winners of the World Rugby U20 Trophy.

 

Group B sees England bid for that 7th final in a row and fourth title overall. They are joined by Australia, 5th last year, Italy, 8th, and Ireland, who finished a disappointing 11th last year but did reach the final in 2016, where they lost to England.

 

Group C sees two of the four former champions of the tournament go head to head, New Zealand and South Africa. The two met in last year’s third place play-off, South Africa winning 40-30 against the six time champions. Joining them are Scotland, who finishing 10th last year after a best ever 5th place finish the year before, and Georgia, 9th last year, both of whom will be desperate to avoid the relegation pitfall that sees the 12th place finishing side after the knockouts drop to the World Rugby U20 Trophy.

 

The Pools see each side play the others once, with matchdays on Tuesday 4th June, Saturday 8th June, and Wednesday 12th June. From there the semi final draws are decided. The top side from each group and the best runner up reach the main semi finals, with the remaining two runners up and the best two third placed sides meeting in the 5th-8th place semi finals. The 9th-12th place semi finals see the bottom sides from each group and the remaining third place side compete.

 

Semi finals take place on Monday 17th June, with the finals for each individual placing taking place on Saturday 22nd June.

 

Commenting on the tournament, World Rugby Vice-Chairman and Rugby Americas President Agustín Pichot said:

 

“The U20 Championship has proven itself to be a very important competition for the uncovering and development of the future stars of our game and attracting new, young fans to the sport. With Rugby World Cup 2019 on the horizon these young players will have no shortage of inspiration to take the next step towards fulfilling their rugby dreams.”

 

“The 2018 edition of the U20 Championship in France was an outstanding success and it is a great honour for Argentina to take the pass and host this prestigious competition. The 12 participating nations will experience a warm Argentinian welcome and we look forward to an excellent tournament with enthusiastic fans and spectacular action on the field of play.”

 

2019 World Rugby U20 Championship Groups:

 

Group A Group B Group C
Argentina Australia Georgia
Fiji England Scotland
France Ireland South Africa
Wales Italy New Zealand

 

2019 World Rugby U20 Championship Schedule (All times BST):

 

Matchday 1 – Tuesday 4th June

 

Argentina v Wales: Pool A – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 5pm

Australia v Italy: Pool B – Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe, 2.30pm

England v Ireland: Pool B – Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe, 7.30pm

France v Fiji: Pool A – Racecourse Stadium, 7.30pm

New Zealand v Georgia: Pool C – Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe, 5pm

South Africa v Scotland: Pool C – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 2.30pm

 

Matchday 2 – Saturday 8th June

 

Argentina v Fiji: Pool A – Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe, 5pm

Australia v Ireland: Pool B – Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe, 2.30pm

England v Italy: Pool B – Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe, 7.30pm

France v Wales: Pool A – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 5pm

New Zealand v Scotland: Pool C – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 7.30pm

South Africa v Georgia: Pool C – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 2.20pm

 

Matchday 3 – Wednesday 12th June

 

England v Australia: Pool B – Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe, 7.30pm

France v Argentina: Pool A – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 5pm

Georgia v Scotland: Pool C – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 2.30pm

Italy v Ireland: Pool B – Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe, 2.30pm

South Africa v New Zealand: Pool C – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 7.30pm

Wales v Fiji: Pool A – Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe, 5pm

 

Matchday 4 – Monday 17th June

 

Semi Finals

1 seed v 4 seed – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 7.30pm

2 seed v 3 seed – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 5pm

 

5th-8th Semis

5 seed v 8 seed – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 2.30pm

6 seed v 7 seed – Club Old Resian, Rosario, 7.30pm

 

9th-12th Semis

9 seed v 12 seed – Club Old Resian, Rosario, 5pm

10 seed v 11 seed – Club Old Resian, Rosario, 2.30pm

 

Matchday 5 – Saturday 22nd June

 

Final – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 7.30pm

3rd Place Play-Off – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 5pm

5th Place Play-Off – Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 2.30pm

7th Place Play-Off – Club Old Resian, 7.30pm

9th Place Play-Off – Club Old Resian, Rosario, 5pm

11th Place Play-Off – Club Old Resian, Rosario, 2.30pm