World Rugby will broadcast the U20 Championship to more than 110 countries around the world when the tournament kicks off next week in Georgia.

As the 12 teams get set for the tournament in Tbilisi and Kutaisi, World Rugby has confirmed that the event from 31 May to 18 June will be viewed by 150 million homes.

The pool stages will be played in Tbilisi and Kutaisi with the semi-finals and finals taking place in the Georgian capital on 13 and 18 June with England seeking to defend the title they won on home soil last year.

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The U20 Championship will have free-to-air coverage in the UK for the first time on ITV with EirSport and RTE Radio also coming on board for this tournament, while earlier this week World Rugby and NBC announced an unprecedented seven-year partnership for exclusive rights to the world's biggest international rugby events, including the U20 Championship from 2017-23.

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Some 485 players have made the jump from the U20 Championship since it began in 2008, with many graduates such as South Africa’s Handré Pollard, World Rugby Men's Player of the Year 2016 Beauden Barrett and fellow All Blacks Julian Savea and Aaron Smith, England’s Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell and British and Lions captain Sam Warburton now stars on the world stage. 
 
World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper said: “The World Rugby U20 Championship is a proven finishing school for aspiring international stars and is a hit with fans around the world. It is therefore fitting and exciting that the 2017 edition in Georgia will be broadcast in more than 110 territories which, combined with our significant social media reach, will enable more fans than ever before to watch and engage with players who will graduate to star at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.”

The tournament will be streamed live on worldrugby.org, but please check the where to watch page for coverage in your region. 
 
There are still some tickets available for the U20 Championship and they can be purchased here.