Georgia to host U20 Championship

Date published: May 14 2015

World Rugby has announced that the hosting rights for the U20 Championship 2017 have been awarded to Georgia.

The country, which also plays host to the Tbilisi Cup, will welcome the future stars of world rugby to Tbilisi and Kutaisi in two years' time.

The U20 Championship, which this year takes place in Italy, has seen 343 players graduate to the international test arena since the inaugural tournament in 2008, including many of the world's top stars.

New Zealand won the tournament (formerly the Junior World Championship) from 2008-11 with South Africa winning the tournament on home soil in 2012. England lifted the trophy in 2013 and 2014 and will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins in Italy this June.

"I'd like to congratulate the Georgian Rugby Union on being chosen to host the prestigious U20 Championship in 2017," said World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

"I'd also like to thank the Georgian government for its investment in hosting the tournament. The future stars of world rugby will enjoy a great event in 2017, with unique hospitality and a warm welcome in a country that boasts such a rich cultural and sporting heritage."

The decision to award the U20 Championship to Georgia in 2017 was taken unanimously by World Rugby Council at a meeting in Dublin this week. Dates and venues will be announced in due course.

President of the Georgian Rugby Union George Nijaradze said: "Hosting the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017 is the highest honour, not only for Georgian rugby, but for Georgia as a country.

"This tournament is a perfect way to further promote rugby in our country and we’re delighted to be chosen to host this event. This is an acknowledgement of the level which Georgian rugby has reached and shows what has been done to develop rugby here.

"This tournament will enhance our international profile and hopefully attract a large number of people to visit our country, enjoy our rich culture and famous Georgian hospitality."