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15 Jun 2018

Argentina lands top age-grade World Rugby event in 2019

The World Rugby U20 Championship is to return to Argentina in 2019, World Rugby, the sport's governing body, has announced.

The annual top age-grade tournament will be played in the cities of Rosario and Santa Fe.

The decision was taken by World Rugby's executive committee at a meeting in France, where this year's U20 Championship ends on Sunday.

Argentina previously staged the 2010 edition. 

Agustin Pichot, vice-chairman of World Rugby, and a former Argentina international, said: “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.”

Marcelo Rodríguez, president of the UAR, the Argentine Rugby Union, added: “The legacy and indelible mark that will be left on those who participate in one way or another, whether in the games, in the organisation and in its development, will be of such importance and magnitude that we will only be able to fully appreciate in the years to come.”

Argentina has been linked with a bid for the Rugby World Cup, perhaps as early as the next available edition in 2027.