Kenya to host 2023 World Rugby U20 Trophy
Kenya is set to host the World Rugby Under 20 trophy from 15th-30th July 2023 at Nyayo National Stadium,Nairobi.
Kenya will be hosting the tournament for the second time having done so in 2009.
The tournament will bring together a total of 8 eight teams which will face off over a period of four match days with the winner being promoted to the U20 championship in 2024.
The U20 championship is the premier age grade World rugby championahip.
Kenya will be taking part in the tournament for the third time having participated in 2009 and 2019.
Countries that are set to feature in the World Rugby U20 are: Scotland (relegated from the U20 Championship in 2019), Kenya (hosts), Hong Kong (Asia), Samoa (Oceania), Spain (Europe), Uruguay (South America) and two teams still to qualify through regional competition from North America and Africa.
The matches are scheduled to be played at Nyayo National stadium.
Kenya is pooled in group B alongside Samoa,Spain, and Hong Kong.
World Rugby Junior Trophy Pools
Pool A: Scotland, Uruguay, Canada or USA, Africa 2
Pool B: Spain, Samoa, Kenya, Hong Kong
Meanwhile South Africa is set to host World Rugby U20 championship 24th June-14th July .
The championship is returning for the first tine since 2019 after three previous editions have been suspended due to the global corona virus pandemic.
The matches will be held over a five day period in the Western Cape Wineland regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington.
A total of 12 nations divided into three pools will take part in the showpiece with each side relishing their chances of dethroning two time champions France.
The team that will finish last in the tournament will be relegated to the World Rugby U20 trophy the following year.
The World Rugby U20 Championship 2023 participating teams are: Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and Wales.
The age grade championships provide a pathway for talented youngsters to elite level rugby.
“We are thrilled to unveil our two exciting hosts for the World Rugby U20 Championship and U20 Trophy taking place later this year. South Africa and Kenya will provide the perfect stage for the return of our flagship U20 competitions that play such a crucial role in the development of young talents within our unions.
“The U20 Championship and Trophy have been hugely popular since their inception 15 years ago and have proven successful with countless stars moving on to play test rugby and shine on the biggest stage and many of them will be on display when Rugby World Cup 2023 kicks off in September”, Said World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont.