The International Rugby Board has announced the dates, pools and venues for the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 in South Africa.
Cape Town and Stellenbosch will host the world’s premier Age Grade tournament between June 4 and 22, which will feature the world’s top 12 ranked Under 20 teams.
In a move from recent Championships, the 2012 event will feature just two venues with triple-headers being played across five match days to maximise crowds and create a festival format within what is a large Rugby heartland.
Two venues with strong Rugby heritage have been selected with the University of Western Cape Stadium in Cape Town sharing the matches with the Danie Craven Stadium, which will host the Final on June 22.
Stellenbosch University’s Danie Craven Stadium is also where the Blitzbokke are based.
IRB Junior World Championship 2012 Pools:
Pool A: New Zealand (2011 champions), Fiji, Wales and Samoa
Pool B: England, South Africa, Ireland and Italy
Pool C: Australia, France, Argentina and Scotland
“So far, 111 players have made the step up from the Tournament to win full Test caps, including 49 players who made their mark at Rugby World Cup 2011.” said recently-re-elected IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.
The South African pair of Patrick Lambie and Francois Hougaard join an illustrious list of graduates, which includes New Zealand’s RWC 2011 winners Aaron Cruden, Zac Guildford and Sam Whitelock, Australia’s David Pocock and Will Genia, England’s Courtney Lawes and Ben Youngs and Wales’ youngest ever RWC captain Sam Warburton.
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