England open defence against Japan

Date published: November 25 2014

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The fixtures for next year’s World Rugby U20 Championship have been announced, with holders England facing Japan on Day One.

The fixtures for next year’s World Rugby U20 Championship have been announced, with holders England facing Japan on Day One in Calvisano.

Hosts Italy take on South Africa on the opening day of the tournament which runs from 2-20 June, 2015 in northern Italy. Four venues will host the U20 Championship – Parma, Calvisano, Viadana with the final held in Cremona on 20 June.

As in previous years, six matches will be played on each match day, and this year kick-off times are set for 16:30, 18:30 and 20:30 (local time).

“It’s great to be bringing the World Rugby U20 Championship back to Italy after they hosted such a successful tournament in 2011. The fixture list has some great matches that will showcase the future stars of world rugby during a very important year for the game,” said World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

“More than 300 players have made the step up from the U20 Championship to the international test arena since 2008 and I have no doubt there will be further players graduating up the ranks after this tournament.”

FIR tournament director Tullio Rosolen said: “We are confident this is an exciting schedule.”

“New Zealand will play a match in each of the venues, England will be divided between Calvisano and Viadana, South Africa will be in Calvisano and Parma as well as the Italian U20 team, so the main contenders for the title as well as the national team will ensure fans in the region get to see the future stars of world rugby in action.”

For full fixture list, click here.

With thanks to World Rugby

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