With less than one month to go until kick-off, tickets for the knockout stages of the IRB Junior World Championship are now on sale.
The Under-20 tournament takes place in the north west of France this year, in Nantes, Vannes and La Roche-sur-Yon from June 5-23.
Mike Ruddock’s Ireland Under-20s, sponsored by PwC, will play all three of their Pool B fixtures at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, facing Australia first up on Wednesday, June 5.
On Sunday, June 9 they will take on Fiji and then wrap up the pool stages against four-time champions New Zealand on Thursday, June 13. All three matches kick off at 6.45pm local time/5.45pm Irish time.
Tickets have been selling rapidly for the pool stages of the tournament which sees some mouth-watering encounters in all three venues.
Pool A will see defending champions South Africa face hosts France, England and the USA in La Roche-sur-Yon.
Tickets are selling very well for the Pool B matches in Vannes, while the Pool C games will be held in Stade Pascal Laporte in Nantes where Wales, Argentina, Scotland and Samoa will battle it out
The IRB Junior World Championship has provided the springboard for more than 200 players to graduate to the Test arena.
Last week 12 JWC graduates were announced in Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions squad to tour Australia in June, including captain Sam Warburton and Ireland’s own Conor Murray.
The premier age-grade tournament broke attendance and broadcasting records in 2012, when 35,000 people attended the final at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town to see hosts South Africa beat New Zealand in a thrilling final that was watched in 165 countries around the world.
“The north west of France is not a traditional heartland for rugby, but nonetheless, people in the region have really bought into this year’s Junior World Championship, and excitement is really building,” said IRB tournament director Philippe Bourdarias.
“With tickets now on sale for the final stages of the competition, fans can plan their journey to Nantes, La Roche-sur-Yon and Vannes, where the final will be held on June 23.
“Rugby fans around the globe associate the IRB Junior World Championship with open, running rugby played by the 12 best teams in the world and I have no doubt that the excitement on the field will be matched by the warm welcome and hospitality that will greet the teams and their fans.”
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