- France announced as hosts of the JWC 2013
- Delighted to award to France – Lapasset
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On the back of the highly successful 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in Italy, the IRB have announced that France has been awarded the right to host the 2013 competition.
The announcement is a further boost to rugby’s premier age grade event and comes not long after New Zealand defeated England 33-22 in a pulsating final of a record-breaking Championship.
The JWC captured the hearts and minds of the Italian public with capacity crowds turning out to watch 30 matches that pitted the world's best players at Under 20 level against international opposition in a competition that is a proven springboard to the Test arena.
With the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 taking place in South Africa, the awarding of the 2013 event to France underlines the IRB’s commitment to a long-term hosting strategy which enables the Host Union to maximise event and legacy benefits geared towards delivering a world class Championship and boosting participation.
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IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset made the announcement at a special media launch at Versailles attended by stars of the game past, present and future.
“The International Rugby Board is delighted to be awarding France the right to host the IRB Junior World Championship in 2013,” said Lapasset.
“With France also having been awarded Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014, this announcement underlines the appetite for hosting major international Rugby events following the tremendous success of Rugby World Cup 2007. I am sure that both events will be tremendously successful.”
Since the IRB Junior World Championship began in 2008 almost 100 players have progressed to win full Test caps for their countries, underscoring its significant development role.
Many of the players on show in Italy look set to follow the likes of Mathieu Bastareaud, Benjamin Fall and Wencelas Lauret for France, and other graduates including David Pocock, Ben Youngs, Patrick Lambie, Courtney Lawes and Zac Guildford to Test stardom.