Argentina to host World Rugby U20 Championship 2019

World Rugby has awarded the World Rugby U20 Championship 2019 hosting rights to Argentina.

The selection was approved by the international federation’s Executive Committee and reflects its mission to showcase its premier age-grade competition to a global audience.

Argentina, who are guaranteed a top six finish in the 2018 tournament in France, hosted the event in 2010 and Rosario and Santa Fe will once again host the future stars of rugby.

The World Rugby U20 Championship is the world’s premier men’s age-grade tournament and is a proven finishing school top rugby talent.

The 2018 Championship in France draws to a conclusion on Sunday with England taking on the hosts in Beziers (live on ITV4, 6pm BST) and is on track to be the best-attended, most viewed and most socially-engaged event to date.

"I am delighted to announce that Argentina will host the 2019 edition of the World Rugby U20 Championship," said World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont. 

"Argentina is a passionate rugby nation and we are impressed with their plans to provide an outstanding environment for teams and a strong legacy programme.

"We look forward to working in partnership with the Unión Argentina de Rugby to deliver what I am sure will be a very special and successful championship."

World Rugby Vice-chairman Agustin Pichot added: "The World Rugby U20 Championship is a special tournament that plays an important role for players, match officials, fans and hosts alike.

"There is always a close bond between the hosts and the teams and I look forward to my country welcoming the next generation of test stars, their unions and fans with open arms, especially coming so soon after we host the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games 2018 in October."