Junior Boks begin Championship campaign against Fiji


The Junior Springboks begin their U20 World Championship on 29 June against Fiji at the DHL Stadium in Cape Town.

South Africa will once again play host to the tournament with the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, the Athlone Stadium and the DHL Stadium hosting the matches.

France, the defending champions, will face Spain in the opening match of the tournament.

The Junior Bokke finished third in the championship last year and have now been placed in Group C with England, Argentina and Fiji.

Rian Oberholzer, CEO of SA Rugby, says rugby fans can look forward to a top quality tournament just like last year.

“Last year’s tournament was an unforgettable experience. It is a great privilege to be able to present it again to once again welcome the next generation of superstars to South Africa.”

Oberholzer says this tournament plays an important role in the global rugby picture and is decisive in the promotion and development of the game.

“We are excited to identify the next generation of Springboks.”

The tournament will be the first international competition to feature the three new law amendments introduced to promote fluid play and support player welfare.

According to the new regulations, for example, a team will no longer be allowed to choose a scrum when a free kick is awarded.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster from 31 May.

This is what the under-20 World Rugby Championship’s match rules look like (group stage):

  • Saturday, June 29

DHL Stadium: France v Spain at 2pm; Ireland v Italy at 16:30 and South Africa v Fiji at 19:00.

Athlone Stadium: England v Argentina at 2pm; Australia v Georgia at 4.30pm and Wales v New Zealand at 7pm.

  • Thursday, July 4th

Danie Craven Stadium: Ireland v Georgia at 2pm; France v New Zealand at 16:30 and South Africa v Argentina at 19:00.

Athlone Stadium: Wales v Spain at 2pm; England v Fiji at 4.30pm and Australia v Italy at 7pm.

  • Tuesday, July 9

Athlone Stadium: Ireland v Australia at 2pm; France v Wales at 16:30 and South Africa v England at 19:00.

Danie Craven Stadium: Argentina v Fiji at 2pm; Georgia v Italy at 4.30pm and New Zealand v Spain at 7pm.