Commenting on the sponsorship, Tom Shepard, Executive Vice President said, "The young men taking the field during this tournament are the future representatives of their senior national sides. Our sponsorship of this unique event reflects Visa's strong commitment to the future of the game of Rugby. We are proud to be the sponsors of this year's IRB U21 World Cup.
The IRB U21 World Cup has been the proving ground for future national sides featuring no fewer than 156 players who have gone on to win full international caps.
Competing teams are: South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Argentina, Canada and Japan.
The IRB U21 tournament, which will be hosted by England's Rugby Football Union (RFU), begins with pool matches on the 13th of June. Defending champions South Africa will take on Ireland in the opening game.