With less than 50 days to go until the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017 kicks off in Georgia on 31 May, tickets have gone on sale for the five match days in Kutaisi and the capital Tbilisi.

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Tickets will be sold in two stages, the first month sees 1,200 tickets for Avchala Stadium in Tbilisi and 2,000 at the Kutaisi Stadium available for the five match days with the remaining tickets going on sale from 12 May.

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The pool stages will be played in both cities with four matches at the Avchala Stadium and the other two – featuring Pool B teams New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland and Italy – at the Kutaisi Stadium on each of the match days on 31 May and 4 and 8 June.

Tickets to matches at Avchala Stadium cost GEL20 (Georgian Lari, less than US$10) with those in Kutaisi costing GEL5 (Category B) or GEL10 (Category A).

The knockout stages on 13 and 18 June will be held in Tbilisi with three matches at both the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium and Avchala Stadium, the latter hosting the semi-finals and final. The same pricing structure applies for these match days with Mikheil Meskhi Stadium GEL5/10 and GEL20 for the Avchala Stadium.

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World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Tickets going on sale is always an exciting stage of any tournament as supporters can then rest assured that their places are booked at the matches they intend to follow. Fans from within Georgia and all across the world can now buy tickets and really plan their support of the tournament.

“What is great is that the tickets are really competitively priced, ensuring that everyone can afford to watch these top young players – the future stars of world rugby – perform to the best of their ability at the pinnacle of the under-20 game. So many world-class senior internationals cut their teeth at the U20 Championship and this year’s crop of emerging players will be no different. Expect to see many of them achieving full international honours in the years to come.”

Georgia Rugby Union President Gocha Svanidze said: “Georgia takes the hosting of this tournament with a great deal of responsibility, as everybody in the nation, including the Government and the private sector, are involved in preparation process. Georgians are good hosts and I am sure that the tournament will be held in the best way possible and fans all around the world will witness one of the greatest rugby spectacles in Georgia.”

Photo: Gogita Bukhaidze