World Rugby U20 Championship schedule announced

Scotland under-20 will play Ireland, New Zealand and Italy in the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championships in Georgia.

Georgia will host the tournament for the first time when the event gets underway in Tbilisi and Kutaisi. The pool stages will be played on 31 May, 4 and 8 June, with the semi-finals on 13 June and the final at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi on 18 June. 

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Pool A sees England face Australia, Wales and Samoa, while in Pool C hosts Georgia tackle Argentina, South Africa and France in Tbilisi.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said:

"The World Rugby U20 Championship is proving to be an enormously popular and important tournament and it plays a key developmental role in preparing the future stars of the game.

"Rugby is growing at an incredible rate in Georgia and interest is at an all time high. I have no doubt that we'll see passionate and energetic crowds in Tbilisi and Kutaisi next year as all 12 teams put on a masterclass for fans.

"With preparations continuing for Rugby World Cup 2019, many of the players we see in Georgia could also feature on the greatest stage in Japan in just under three years' time."

More than 430 players have made the step up from the U20 Championship to the international arena since the tournament began in 2008.