The International Rugby Board has announced that Chile will host the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2013 and Hong Kong the 2014 event following an extensive tender process which saw an unprecedented level of interest to stage the key age grade tournament.
The dual announcement strategy ensures that both Unions will benefit from increased preparation time for hosting the increasingly high-profile event, and can maximise the legacy opportunities associated with staging a major IRB age grade tournament.
The announcement follows hot on the heels of a record-breaking JWRT 2012 hosted by USA Rugby in Salt Lake City in June, which culminated in a thrilling final between the hosts USA and Japan in front of a capacity crowd.
IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy returns to Chile
“We are very proud to be chosen to host the Junior World Rugby Trophy,” said Federación de Rugby de Chile President Francisco Davanzo. “As in 2008, the JWRT will provide us with an opportunity to again host a major IRB event which will allow our Under 20 national team and the nation’s Rugby family to experience first-hand the excitement and competitiveness of an elite international Rugby tournament.”
“We believe that hosting this important IRB tournament will provide another tremendous boost to the development of the Game in Chile and will assist us in attaining our ambitious goals for improving the international standing of Chile in world Rugby. I would like to thank the IRB for their vision and commitment to growing Rugby across the continent, and for allowing us to host this world-class event once again.”
South America is one of Rugby’s fastest-growing regions, with a 25 per cent increase in the playing population since the inaugural JWRT was staged in Chile in 2008.
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A packed HK Stadium for the showpiece Sevens (Pic: WorkingInHongKong.com)
JWRT to be staged in Asia for the first time
Hong Kong has successfully hosted the exceptional Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens as part of the HSBC Sevens World Series for over a decade as well as HSBC Asian 5 Nations Top 5 matches, and will bring a wealth of event management expertise to JWRT.
Hong Kong Rugby Football Union Chairman Trevor Gregory said: “We are delighted to be hosting the JWRT in Hong Kong in 2014. By completing the competitive tender process and with two full years to prepare, we are confident we can put on a wonderful festival of Rugby in a country where the fans are passionate and knowledgeable and turn out in force to see high-class matches. We look forward to welcoming the stars of tomorrow here and promise them world-class facilities and an unforgettable experience.”
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