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Tough JWC draw for Junior Boks

Defending champions South Africa were on Thursday drawn alongside hosts, France, England and the US when the International Rugby Board and the Fédération Française de Rugby announced the venues, pools and match schedule for the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 in France between June 5-23.

The Championship is firmly established as one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the annual international Rugby calendar, showcasing the future stars of Rugby and the host nation in a competition that serves up a feast of excitement and highly-competitive matches to a television audience in more than 160 nations.

The 2013 format will feature three venues with each hosting a pool. Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon will host Pool A matches.

The Stade de la Rabine in Vannes will host Pool B, while Rugby World Cup 2007 host venue Stade Pascal Laporte in Nantes will host Pool C matches.

The semifinals and IRB Junior World Championship Final will be played in Vannes. The pools have been set on rankings based on results at the previous Championship and hosts France, courtesy of their sixth-place finish in 2012, will face defending champions South Africa, England and IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012 winners US in Pool A.

JWC 2012 runners-up New Zealand, Ireland, Australia and Fiji are in Pool B, while Wales head Pool C which also includes Argentina, Scotland and Samoa.

The Junior Springboks will open the tournament on Wednesday, 5 June against the United States in La Roche-sur-Yon. Four days later they face powerful England at the same venue and then end their pool commitments against hosts, France, on June 13.

The 2012 Championship in South Africa set the benchmark for future hosts to follow with record attendance and broadcast figures, while 35 000 fans saw history being made as South Africa defeated New Zealand to become the first team other than the Baby Blacks to lift the coveted trophy in the five-year history of the event.

France 2013 aims to stamp its own mark on hosting the Championship with the venues set to showcase Rugby to the people of northern France, while an inspiration programme will aim to grow participation within the region.

The 2013 JWC pools:

Pool A: South Africa, France, England, USA

Pool B: New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Fiji

Pool C: Wales, Argentina, Scotland, Samoa


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