U20 World Championship – Matches Cancelled Could End Junior Boks Hopes To Reach Semi-finals


Due to heavy rainfall in the Cape Town region on Tuesday 9 July, the pitch at Athlone Stadium has been assessed in partnership with organisers and match officials and is currently declared not safe to play.

As a result, the first match scheduled at this venue between Ireland U20 and Australia U20 has been cancelled and as per the tournament rules, both teams have been awarded two competition points.

England take on South Africa in the final match of day three at Athlone Sports Stadium needing only one bonus point to secure their place in the semi-finals. Should the match between England and the Junior Boks be called off, both teams will earn two log points, resulting in England advancing into the semi-finals.

Currently, Argentina are cruising to a five-pointer against Fiji which will place them in second place ending South Africa's hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals.

The pitch will be assessed again ahead of the two remaining World Rugby U20 Championship matches due to take place at this venue and will only go ahead if the weather conditions improve, and the pitch is sufficiently drained for rugby to be played in safe conditions.

Another update will be provided in due course.

World Rugby U20 Championship - Match Day 3
Athlone Stadium

Ireland U20 v Australia U20 - Cancelled
France U20 v Wales U20 - Confirmed to start at `16:30 (SA Time)
South Africa U20 v England U20 - TBC