Schedule set for inaugural Junior World Rugby Trophy
January 31, 2008

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the match schedule for the inaugural IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy which is taking place in Santiago, Chile from April 15-27.

The Tournament, for international teams at Under 20 level, will comprise two pools of four teams playing across two match venues in the city.

Chile, who qualify automatically as hosts, top Pool A and are joined by regional qualifiers Romania (FIRA-AER), Namibia (CAR) and the Cook Islands who, by winning the FORU qualifier in Auckland last weekend, became the final team to confirm their place in the Trophy.

Georgia and Uruguay both qualified directly through the IRB Under 19 World Championship 2007 rankings and feature in Pool B alongside qualifiers Korea (ARFU) and Jamaica (NAWIRA), who have qualified for an IRB international 15-a-side Tournament for the first time.

The competition kicks off on April 15 with four exciting matches. Santiago's Stade Francais club will play host to the Pool B fixtures between Georgia and Jamaica and Uruguay versus Korea, while at the Prince of Wales club Romania play Namibia and Chile tackle the Cook Islands in Pool A. Two further rounds of pool matches will be played to determine the rankings for the positional play-offs on April 27.

A promotion and relegation system will operate between the annual IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy and Junior World Championship events, with the top team in the Trophy swapping places with the bottom team in the Championship. This is an exciting development as it means that there is a clear pathway for Unions to climb the ladder to the top echelons of Age Grade Rugby starting with the Regional qualification system.

Aside from playing a key player, coach and referee development role the inaugural IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy will provide an opportunity for developing Unions to gain experience of hosting a major IRB international Rugby Tournament.

"The IRB is delighted that Chile is hosting the first IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy. The country has a burgeoning and vibrant Rugby community and the prospect of an exciting new international Age Grade Tournament coming to Santiago, will, I am sure, generate a great deal of excitement and interest within the city and help to foster the growth of the Game in Chile," said IRB Tournaments Manager Philippe Bourdarias.

"We are also pleased to see that the Chile Rugby Union is committed to delivering what promises to be a memorable Tournament. Fans attending the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy can expect to experience some exciting matches, wonderful hospitality and view some of the world's best players at Under 20 level in action," added Bourdarias.

Pool A: Chile, Romania, Namibia, Cook Islands
Pool B: Georgia, Uruguay, Korea, Jamaica

MATCH DAY 1 - APRIL 15, 2008
Group Match Venue
1. 14.00 B Georgia vs. Jamaica Stade Francais Club
2. 16.00 B Uruguay vs. Korea Stade Francais Club
3. 14.00 A Romania vs. Namibia Prince of Wales
4. 16.00 A Chile vs. Cook Islands Prince of Wales

MATCH DAY 2 - APRIL 19, 2008
5. 14.00 A Romania vs. Cook
Stade Francais Club
6. 16.00 A Chile vs. Namibia Stade Francais Club
7. 14.00 B Georgia vs. Korea Prince of Wales
8. 16.00 B Uruguay vs. Jamaica Prince of Wales

MATCH DAY 3 - APRIL 23, 2008
Group Match Venue
9. 14.00 B Korea vs. Jamaica Stade Francais Club
10. 16.00 A Namibia vs. Cook Islands Stade Francais Club
11. 14.00 B Uruguay vs. Georgia Prince of Wales
12. 16.00 A Chile vs. Romania Prince of Wales

FINAL DAY - APRIL 27, 2008
Match Venue
13. 10.00 4th Group A v 4th Group B Catholic University Club (side pitch)
14. 12.00 3rd Group A v 3rd Group B Catholic University Club (side pitch)
15. 14.00 2nd Group A v 2nd Group B Catholic University Club Stadium
16. 16.00 FINAL 1st Group A v 1st Group B Catholic University Club Stadium


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