World Rugby Trophy in Brazil
In the land of the samba, beaches and football, there us also rugby, and in July one of World Rugby’s tournaments will be hosted there – the World Under-20 Trophy.
World Rugby’s Under-20 Championship will take place in Argentina in June with the 12 top Under-20 national teams taking part. The Under-20 Trophy is for the next tier of teams.
Eight teams will take part in the Trophy tournament which starts on 9 July 2019 in São José dos Campos, a city in southeast Brazil.
The teams taking part are Brazil, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Portugal, Tonga, Uruguay and the winner of the two-match play-off between the USA and Canada, which is scheduled for 4 and 8 June 2019 in Victoria, British Columbia.
The teams are divided into two pools.
Pool A: Japan, Kenya, Uruguay, USA/Canada
Pool B: Brazil, Hong Kong, Portugal, Tonga.
The winner of the tournament will be automatically promoted to the Under-20 Championship for 2020.
The matches will be played at Estádio Martins Pereira, a rugby ground in São José dos Campos.
Round 1 – Wednesday, 9 July 2019
Japan vs USA/Canada
Tonga vs Brazil
Kenya vs Uruguay
Portugal vs Hong Kong
Round 2 – Saturday, 13 July 2019
Tonga vs Hong Kong
Japan vs Uruguay
Kenya vs USA/Canada
Portugal vs Brazil
Round 3 – Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Japan vs Kenya
Tonga vs Portugal
Uruguay vs USA/Canada
Hong Kong vs Brazil
Play-offs are on Sunday, 21 July 2019. They will decide the ranking order of the teams.