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World Rugby U20 Championship to return to Argentina

World Rugby has announced that Argentina has secured hosting rights to its 2019 U20 Championship.

The South American country last hosted the national team tournament, which is held on an annual basis, in 2010 and Rosario and Santa Fe are set to reprise their roles as host cities next year.

The selection was approved by the world governing body’s Executive Committee, with World Rugby stating it reflected its mission to showcase its premier age-grade competition to a global audience.

The 2018 Championship is due to draw to a conclusion in France on Sunday and is on track to be the best-attended, most viewed and most socially-engaged event to date.

World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot, a former Argentina international, said: “The World Rugby U20 Championship is a special tournament that plays an important role for players, match officials, fans and hosts alike.

“There is always a close bond between the hosts and the teams and I look forward to my country welcoming the next generation of Test stars, their unions and fans with open arms, especially coming so soon after we host the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games 2018 in October.”

Unión Argentina de Rugby president Marcelo Rodríguez added: “The legacy and indelible mark that will be left on those who participate in one way or another, whether in the games, in the organisation and in its development, will be of such importance and magnitude that we will only be able to fully appreciate in the years to come. 

“We are very happy and moved at having the opportunity to host an event of such prestige at home.”