Rugby

England to host 2016 U-20 champs

2015-06-16 13:16
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London - England will host the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in 2016, World Rugby announced Tuesday.

The tournament will take place at the AJ Bell Stadium, home of Sale Sharks, and Manchester City Academy Stadium in June 2016, just eight months after England host the Rugby World Cup.

The World Rugby Under-20 Championship, which is currently taking place in Italy, will see England defend their title against four-time winners New Zealand in Cremona on Saturday.

New Zealand won the tournament, formerly known as the Junior World Championships, from 2008-11 with South Africa winning the competition on home soil in 2012. England lifted the trophy in 2013 and 2014.

"The U-20 Championship in England next year will be another excellent opportunity for the future stars of world rugby to showcase their skills on the world stage, following what's shaping up to be a record-breaking Rugby World Cup," World Rugby chairperson Bernard Lapasset said.

"Manchester will provide an excellent base for the world's top under-20 teams, and it's a great opportunity to bring a world-class rugby event to the city and grow the game even further in the region.

"With so many graduates of the U-20 Championship now excelling in the international test arena, this tournament, coupled with the Rugby World Cup, will leave a great legacy for others to build on in the years to come."

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