Baby Boks to face familiar foes

The South Africa U20 side has drawn England yet again in their pool for the IRB Junior World Championship.

The Baby Boks suffered defeat to England in the 2011 tournament as well as in the semi-finals of the 2008 and 2009 events. They will face the young Pom side when the global youth competition is staged on South African soil in 2012. Ireland and Italy have also been drawn in Pool B.

The IRB has confirmed that the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town and the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch will jointly host the tournament between 4 and 22 June.

In a move away from recent championship formats, the 2012 event will feature just two venues with triple-headers being played on five match days to maximise crowds and create ‘a festival format’ according to a statement from Saru.

‘So far, 111 players have made the step up from the tournament to win full Test caps, including 49 players who made their mark at Rugby World Cup 2011,’ IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said.

‘We look forward to another memorable tournament in 2012 and the opportunity to embrace the rich rugby heritage of the region with the dynamic and free-flowing rugby provided by the next generation of international Test stars.’