Defending champs England get Georgian date

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:23
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NEWS: The cities of Tbilisi and Kutaisi will play host to stars of the future in May and June next year, when Georgia host the World Rugby Under-20 Championship.

England will begin the defence of their World Rugby U20 Championship crown in Georgia on May 31, 2017.

The Georgians will host the tournament for the first time when the event gets underway in Tbilisi and Kutaisi.

The pool stages will be played on May 31, as well as June 4 and 8, with the semifinals on June 13 and the Final at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi on June 18.

Pool A sees 2016 champions England face Australia, Wales and Samoa, who were promoted to the U20 Championship after winning the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Zimbabwe earlier this year.

Pool B, which will be based in Kutaisi, will see 2016 runners-up Ireland play New Zealand, Scotland and Italy.

Pool C will see some tremendous clashes as hosts Georgia tackle Argentina, South Africa and France in Tbilisi.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: "The World Rugby U20 Championship is proving to be an enormously popular and important tournament and it plays a key developmental role in preparing the future stars of the game.

"Rugby is growing at an incredible rate in Georgia and interest is at an all time high. I have no doubt that we'll see passionate and energetic crowds in Tbilisi and Kutaisi next year as all 12 teams put on a masterclass for fans.

"With preparations continuing for Rugby World Cup 2019, many of the players we see in Georgia could also feature on the greatest stage in Japan in just under three years' time."

Georgia Rugby Union President Gocha Svanidze said: "The whole country is excited about the fact that in less than a years' time, we will host the future stars of world rugby in Tbilisi and Kutaisi.

"Fans from all over the world can now plan their journey to Georgia to support the future stars of world rugby and experience the world famous Georgian hospitality. We all are determined that, along with the support of our national government and World Rugby, this will be one of the most successful U20 Championships."

More than 430 players have made the step up from the U20 Championship to the international arena since the tournament began in 2008.

Three teams have lifted the coveted trophy in New Zealand (2008-11 and 2015), South Africa (2012) and England (2013, 2014 and 2016).

The nine captains to have lifted the coveted trophy are Chris Smith (New Zealand, 2008), Aaron Cruden (New Zealand, 2009), Tyler Bleyendaal (New Zealand, 2010), Luke Whitelock (New Zealand, 2011), Wiaan Liebenberg (South Africa, 2012), Jack Clifford (England, 2013), Maro Itoje (England, 2014), Atu Moli (New Zealand, 2015) and Harry Mallinder (England, 2016).

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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
England U20 3 3 0 0 14
Australia U20 3 2 0 1 10
Wales U20 3 1 0 2 6
Samoa U20 3 1 0 3 1
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand U20 3 3 0 0 15
Scotland U20 3 2 0 1 9
Italy U20 3 1 0 2 6
Ireland U20 3 0 0 3 2
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa U20 3 2 1 0 12
France U20 3 2 1 0 11
Argentina U20 3 1 0 2 6
Georgia U20 3 0 0 3 0