SA to host Junior World Championship 2012

2011-04-07 14:34

Rugby’s premier age-grade competition will be played in South Africa next year after the International Rugby Board awarded the hosting rights to the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 to the South African Rugby Union (Saru).

Cape Town and Stellenbosch will play host to 312 of the world’s finest under 20 players over the three-week tournament as 12 international teams seek to claim the greatest prize in age-grade rugby at an event that will provide a significant legacy for the sport in South Africa.

More than 80 players have graduated from the tournament since its inauguration in 2008 to win full international caps, including Patrick Lambie who plays for the Sharks.

Saru president Oregan Hoskins said his organisation is thrilled at the prospect of hosting another international Rugby tournament in South Africa.

“Saru will work closely with the Western Province Rugby Union and the IRB to make this a truly unforgettable tournament for the players and the spectators.

We are looking forward to hosting the IRB Junior World Championship next year and to welcome the best young rugby players in the world to South Africa,” said Hoskins.

The IRB Junior World Championship 2011 kicks off in Italy on June 10 with the final being played in Padova on June 26.

The current world champions are New Zealand, having defeated Australia to lift the prestigious title in Argentina for the third year in succession.

South Africa again finished third, as they have in all previous IRB Junior World Championships to date.

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