Official Launch Of The IRB Under 21 World Championship 2006 In France
Jean Lacampagne, Chairman of the Auverge Rugby committee and of the IRB U21 World Championship Organizing Committee, accompanied by Bernard Lapasset, Chairman of the French Rugby Federation and Dr Syd Millar, Chairman of the International Rugby Board, will confirm their joint commitment to making 2006 the best yet for this unique tournament, which will now take place every two years.
The Auvergne Rugby Committee has been appointed by the FFR and the IRB to organize this year's IRB U21 World Championship. The tournament, which will see the best 12 teams in the world competing, is split into four pools.
The matches will take place over five match days, from 9 to 25 June. After the first three match days, the teams will be seeded one to 12. The fourth match day will see the seeds play off before the final match day, which will determine the world champions and the placings from one to 12.
Six venues have been selected to host matches: Riom, Issoire, Thiers, Cournon d'Auvergne, Vichy and Clermont Ferrand (Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, a 14,000 seater venue, where ASM Clermont Auvergne plays its French League and Heineken Cup matches) for the semi finals and final.
Reigning champions and top seeds South Africa will begin their defence against Argentina before playing Georgia and France. Australia, runners up to South Africa in Argentina last year, will begin against Scotland, whilst New Zealand will play Italy first before going on to meet Australia on 17 June. France, seeded fourth and tournament hosts, Face Ireland in their opening match.
Being announced on Saturday are:
· The match schedule
· Ticketing information
Also present at the press conference will be the financial and institutional partners, who are working with the organizers in the successful delivery of the tournament.
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