This year’s Under-20 Six Nations Championship will be played over four weeks between June 19th and July 13th with all the games taking place in Cardiff.
The decision to hold the Championship in one venue was taken to reduce the risk around travel, to ensure greater rest periods and structured training. By taking place in Britain, there will also be the potential to host full capacity games at Cardiff Arms Park.
Each of the matchdays will consist of three matches. played back to back, giving it the feel almost of a Sevens tournament,
Matchday squads will consist of 26 players due to the condensed format of the competition.
Every match will be broadcast in Six Nations territories either on terrestrial TV, broadcaster streaming platforms or via Six Nations digital channels. Details of the broadcast arrangements will be confirmed in the coming days.
RTÉ has broadcast the games in recent years though whether this will be possible in full on terrestrial TV, given the clash throughout with the Euro 2020 Championships will have to be thought through.
Scotland and Ireland will get the Championship underway on 19th June, followed by England v France and Wales v Italy on the same day.
There was no winner of the 2020 Under-20s Championship. 2019 Champions Ireland had already secured a Triple Crown thanks to wins over Scotland, Wales and England and were vying for a repeat Grand Slam.
Every other team had secured at least one win before the 2020 Championship had to be called to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 2021 edition will conclude on 13th July with England v Italy, Ireland v France and Scotland v Wales.
“We are delighted to be in a position to play the Under-20s Championship this year, having had to cancel it in 2020 due to the pandemic,” said Six Nations CEO Ben Morel.
“The Under-20s Six Nations Championship is an important milestone in the life of many young players who will pursue a career in professional rugby and we would like to thank the unions for their hard work in making this Championship possible and our broadcasters for bringing it to the homes of rugby lovers.
“The Welsh Rugby Union is honoured to be hosting the 2021 Under 20s Six Nations Championship at the historic Cardiff Arms Park,” added Welsh Rugby Union CEO Steve Phillips.
“The Under 20s Six Nations Championship is a crucial pathway for the players’ development as they begin their journey into senior professional rugby. A number of players currently playing for their respective unions at the highest level have come through this programme, so it will be exciting to see the next generation of stars in action here with us in Cardiff.”
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