Fans who will not be cheering on the Ireland Under-20s in Italy during the upcoming IRB Junior World Championship will get a chance to follow the action with live match coverage on TV and online.
Two of the Ireland Under-20s Pool C matches will be broadcast on Sky Sports – their opening fixture against England on Friday, June 10 and the clash with South Africa on Tuesday, June 14.
Those two games will also be streamed live on the official tournament website, and there will be further coverage of the knockout stages on TV and online.
The 2011 IRB Junior World Championship kicks off in the coming days in the Veneto region of Italy and will enjoy record broadcast and online coverage for an age grade rugby tournament.
The premier tournament for international teams at Under-20 level, which runs from June 10 to 26, will be screened live by 19 broadcasters to 142 countries with a global potential reach of more than 174 million homes.
The cumulative total of live coverage for the three-week tournament is projected to be 280 hours in 18 languages.
IRB Tournament Director Philippe Bourdarias said: “The IRB Junior World Championship has continued to grow significantly in recent years around the world and its appeal extends to both new fans and existing supporters of rugby who now recognise the exceptional matches available.
“The future stars of world rugby will be on show in Italy for three weeks, in a beautiful setting, and the tournament provides them with strategic development opportunities whilst being extremely attractive to broadcasters and rugby fans worldwide.
“Those watching the matches in the stadiums and around the world will enjoy a wonderful festival with some thrilling rugby and elite players on show.”
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