Espn To Broadcast Junior World Championships

The International Rugby Board and the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) have today announced the appointment of ESPN as IRB Junior World Championship 2010 Host Broadcaster.

ESPN will be showing live action from each of the three rounds of pool matches, as well as all the action from the semi finals, the third place play-off and the final on Monday, June 21 in Rosario.

The International Rugby Board and the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) have today announced the appointment of ESPN as IRB Junior World Championship 2010 Host Broadcaster.

ESPN will be showing live action from each of the three rounds of pool matches, as well as all the action from the semi finals, the third place play-off and the final on Monday, June 21 in Rosario.

“The IRB is delighted that ESPN will be the Host Broadcaster of the IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina,” said IRB Tournaments Manager Philippe Bourdarias, in Santa Fe for the announcement.

“Both the IRB and the UAR enjoy a fruitful relationship with ESPN, who are widely recognised as one of the world's leading sports broadcasters and a true champion of Rugby across South America. ESPN's high level of production, promotion and coverage will give the Championship a significant boost in profile within Argentina and around the world."

ESPN is a rights holding broadcaster for Rugby World Cup 2011 and promotes RWC archive footage through its ESPN Classic platform. ESPN is also a rights holding broadcaster of the record-breaking IRB Sevens World Series.

The IRB Junior World Championship's winning blend of exciting international teams, back to back matches and young stars is a proven hit with broadcasters. Last year's tournament in Japan broke all previous broadcast records with the action screened live by 17 broadcasters in 135 countries.

The tournament kick-off times were also announced at a special media conference in Santa Fe on the eve of the 100 days to go milestone. With the clock well and truly counting down to the opening round of matches on June 5, tournament organisers are confident that preparations are on track to deliver an outstanding tournament.

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“It is very exciting to have an event of this size in our country and planning and preparation is on track to deliver a wonderful and ultimately successful IRB Junior World Championship. Today's announcements further underline our commitment to host a tournament that will put Argentinean Rugby on the global map," said UAR Vice President Ricardo Paganini.

"As we near the 100 days to go milestone excitement and anticipation within the Argentina Rugby community is high. The teams are entering their final stages of preparation and are focused on doing their best, as is the Argentina team. It will be thrilling to welcome Rugby supporters from around the world to Argentina to watch the players that will be the stars of the future."

"We are confident that this hugely anticipated event will provide a feast of Rugby, while leaving a lasting legacy for the further development of Rugby in Argentina."

Looking to follow in the footsteps of Zac Guildford, Leigh Halfpenny, Will Genia and David Pocock as players who have graduated from the IRB Junior World Championship to win full Test caps, the next generation of world Rugby stars can expect exceptional facilities and a welcoming festival atmosphere.