With Rugby World Cup 2015 in full swing, fans in England will have an opportunity to see the future stars of the game next year when the World Rugby U20 Championship comes to the north of England.
Tickets have gone on sale today for the tournament which takes place at the AJ Bell Stadium, home of Sale Sharks, and Manchester City Academy Stadium from 7-25 June, 2016.
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The competition schedule has also been released with a host of exciting matches on offer for rugby fans. Current champions New Zealand will face a tough task as they look to retain the crown when they take on Wales, Ireland and newcomers Georgia in Pool A. Pool B will see England welcome Australia, Scotland and Italy with Pool C contested between South Africa, France, Argentina and Japan.
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World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "With over one-third of players at Rugby World Cup 2015 coming from the under-20 ranks, we can see how important this tournament is to the development of the future stars of world rugby.
"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.
RFU Chief Executive Officer Ian Ritchie added: "I would encourage all rugby fans, old and new, to support the next generation of players at the World Rugby U20 Championship next June in Manchester. As we've seen at the Rugby World Cup, rugby in this country is on the rise with more players, referees, coaches and supporters than ever before and the U20 Championship will only intensify that with yet more top-class international sport on offer.”
New Zealand are current holders of the U20 Championship trophy after beating England in a thrilling final in Cremona, Italy, in June. The Baby Blacks have won the title five times since the tournament began in 2008, England have won it twice (2013 and 2014) while South Africa claimed the prize on home soil in 2012.
With tickets on sale for as little as £10 for adults and £5 for juniors, the tournament will be accessible to all.