South Africa: Junior Boks and Georgia face Six Nations sides in Under-20 Summer Series

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A forthcoming U20 tournament in Italy has perhaps given a sign of things to come with South Africa and Georgia joining the Six Nations sides in an eight-country championship.

Called the Under-20 Summer Series, it replaces the World Rugby U20 Championship which has been delayed until 2023.

Over the last few years there has been calls for Georgia and/or South Africa to join the Six Nations, and now their age-grade outfits will get the chance to face off with those teams.

Two pools of four

They have been split into two pools, with the strongest four sides – England, Ireland, France and South Africa – in Pool A, while Scotland, Italy, Wales and Georgia are in Pool B.

The countries will take on each other in their respective groups before going head-to-head with the team that finished in the equivalent position from the other pool.

This tournament will run alongside the Oceania U20 Championship where New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Fiji will face off.

World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “U20 tournaments have proven to be a successful pathway for young talents in our unions to flourish, gain international experience and prepare for test rugby.

“Before the global World Rugby U20 Championship and Trophy return next year, we are delighted to support our unions and Six Nations Rugby in delivering the Under-20 Summer Series, a fantastic opportunity for promising rugby players to compete at the highest level.”

Junior Boks head coach Bafana Nhleko added: “We have done a lot of preparation work for the forthcoming Summer Series in Italy, where we will play three of the world’s top Under-20 sides in France, Ireland and England.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for our players to test themselves against some of the best international age-group players and we are very much looking forward to this big challenge.”

Pool A (based at Payanini Center, Verona)

Round 1 – 24 June
Junior Boks v England
France v Ireland

Round 2 – 29 June
France v England
Junior Boks v Ireland

Round 3 – 5 July
Junior Boks v France
Ireland v England

Pool B (based at Stadio Di Monigo, Treviso)

Round 1 – 25 June
Scotland v Wales
Italy v Georgia

Round 2 – 30 June
Wales v Georgia
Scotland v Italy

Round 3 – 6 July
Scotland v Georgia
Italy v Wales

Cross-pool playoffs – 12 July
Match 1 (4th Pool A vs 4th Pool B)
Match 2 (3rd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B)
Match 3 (2nd Pool A vs 2nd Pool B)
Match 4 (1st Pool A vs 1st Pool B)

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