Schedule announced for World Rugby U20 Championship

England's schedule has been announced for the World Rugby U20 Championship, which will take place in France between 30 May and 17 June, 2018.

Three venues will host the tournament in the Stade Aimé Giral in Perpignan, Stade de la Méditerranée in Béziers and the Stade d’Honneur du Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié in Narbonne.

The pool matches will be played across these venues with hosts France, defending champions New Zealand and former winners England among others set to play in all three cities, adding to the excitement for local fans. 

The draw, based on rankings from the 2017 edition in Georgia, sees New Zealand joined in Pool A by Australia, Wales – both former runners-up – and World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017 winners Japan.

2017 runners-up England will face Argentina in Narbonne (30 May, 5.30 KO BST) as well as Italy (3 June, 3.30 KO BST and Scotland (7 June, 8pm KO BST) in Pool B at Beziers' Stade de la Méditerranée., while bronze medallists South Africa will meet hosts France, Ireland and Georgia in Pool C. 

'The scene is set'

Narbonne and Perpignan will host the semi-finals and ranking play-offs on 12 June, with Béziers hosting all finals day matches on 17 June across two pitches. 

"The scene is set for a superb World Rugby U20 Championship in France," said World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont. 

"We have three excellent host cities, great venues and a compelling match schedule.

"It will be fascinating to see who will join the likes of Sam Warburton, Nemani Nadolo, Sam Whitelock, David Pocock and Yoann Maestri in graduating from the tournament to become test stars."

The 2017 Championship, which saw England defeated in the final, was the most socially-engaged to date, generating 40 million video views. 

Information on ticketing for the World Rugby U20 Championship 2018 will be announced next month.