Teams start arriving for JWC

Date published: June 3 2016

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The excitement and atmosphere is starting to gain momentum with teams arriving in England for the U20 World Championship which gets underway on June 7.

The Welcome Ceremonies mark the beginning of the tournament with every arriving team being formally greeted.

Bill Beaumont, Chairman of England Rugby, told the official Premiership website that the build-up to the event has created a lot of interest.

"Throughout the past couple of weeks we have seen a fantastic buzz across the North West as the trophy visited clubs, schools and iconic locations as part of the World Rugby U20 Championship build up,” said Beaumont.

"As the teams begin to arrive we have seen this excitement further heightened in anticipation for the start of the tournament, with a number of local clubs and schools getting the chance to meet the future stars of rugby and celebrate this great occasion,” he added.

Argentina were the first team to arrive on English soil, welcomed to their training base Stockport with a Guard of Honour from the club's excited minis and juniors last week. The Pumitas were treated to a BBQ in the Manchester sunshine, before being presented with their participation medals.

Current title holders New Zealand will be the next team welcomed to their training base at Broughton Park FC, home to Uruguay during Rugby World Cup 2015, on Friday June 3. The team will take to the stage and perform the Haka and Walata for the local children.

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