England & South Africa to face off ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championship

England & South Africa to face off ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championship

England U20s and South Africa u20s will face off at Sixways Stadium on Friday 11 May in the build up to the World Rugby U20 Championship in France. 

The match takes place at the home of Worcester Warriors and will be crucial preparation for both sides ahead of the tournament in France (30 May-17 June). 

England U20s head coach Steve Bates said: “This fixture is an excellent opportunity for us to prepare for the World Rugby U20 Championship against high-level competition.

“Playing a full international against South Africa is really going to focus everyone’s attention and provide us with valuable playing time before the tournament begins.

“During the Six Nations we tried to play high-intensity, high-tempo rugby and we’ll look to replicate that at Sixways Stadium in May.

“We want the players to express themselves, be creative and imaginative and hopefully by the time May comes around the conditions, as well as the playing surface, will allow us to do that which should be really exciting for the supporters there.”

Junior Springbok head coach Chean Roux said: “This is a great opportunity for us to measure ourselves against a top-class team.

“Solid preparation is key for every side working towards the World Rugby U20 Championship, and with England coming off a good U20 Six Nations campaign and having been finalists in the 2017 U20 Championship in Georgia, this will be a good challenge for us.

"It will also be a nice opportunity for the players to play at the Sixways Stadium, home of the Worcester Warriors.”

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