Fixtures - Top Bar

Future stars of rugby welcomed to the North West ahead of World Rugby U20 Championship

Team Welcome Ceremonies are taking place across the North West to celebrate the world’s top young rugby talent arriving in the country ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championships in Manchester from June 7.  

The Welcome Ceremonies formally greet each competing team to England ahead of the tournament and take place at the twelve training bases across the North West.

Each ceremony includes an activity relating to a teams’ respective country’s heritage and culture, medal presentations to the players, a guard of honour by the club’s minis and juniors and a plaque presentation to the club to mark their role in the tournament.

Bill Beaumont, Chairman of England Rugby, said “Throughout the past couple of weeks we have seen a fantastic buzz across the North West as the trophy visited clubs, schools and iconic locations as part of the World Rugby U20 Championship build up.

"As the teams begin to arrive we have seen this excitement further heightened in anticipation for the start of the tournament, with a number of local clubs and schools getting the chance to meet the future stars of rugby and celebrate this great occasion.” 

Argentina were the first team to arrive on English soil, welcomed to their training base Stockport RUFC with a Guard of Honour from the club’s excited minis and juniors last week. The Pumitas were treated to a BBQ in the Manchester sunshine, before being presented with their participation medals.

Current title holders New Zealand will be the next team welcomed to their training base at Broughton Park FC, home to Uruguay during Rugby World Cup 2015, on Friday June 3. The team will take to the stage and perform the Haka and Walata for the local children.

Continuing with tradition, France will be treated to a rendition of La Marseillaise by Flixton Brass Band and a traditional English tea party to bring them a taste of the host country during their ceremony at Ashton-on-Mersey on Saturday, while the Scotland team will be welcomed to Bury RUFC to the sounds of their homeland, with a 30 piece pipe and drum band greeting them into their team base on Sunday June 5.

Georgia, and South Africa will then be welcomed by their respective training bases on Saturday June 4, before Ireland, Italy, Australia and home team England arrive at their home away from home on Sunday.

Finally, Wales will be introduced to the tournament by Aldwinians RUFC before Japan complete the introductions on June 12 at Lymm RFC.

Alongside the formal proceedings there will be touch sessions, family fun days and barbeques taking place across the team training bases, giving local youngsters the chance to meet the players and celebrate the official start of the tournament.
 
Team welcome ceremonies:
 
Friday June 3

New Zealand:  Broughton Park 4.30pm
 
Saturday June 4
France: Ashton-on-Mersey 3.30pm
Georgia: Widnes RUFC, 3.30pm
South Africa: Burnage RUFC, 6pm
 
Sunday June 5
Italy: Wilmslow RFC, 1pm
Ireland: Trafford MV, 2pm
Australia: Bowdon RUFC. 2pm
Scotland: Bury RUFC, 3pm
England: Sale FC, 5.30pm
 
Wednesday June 8
Wales: Aldwinians RUFC, 2pm
 
Sunday June 12
Japan: Lymm RUFC, 2pm

Tickets for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series are now on sale at premiershiprugby.com/singha7stickets

Latest News

Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 36 Newcastle Falcons 14

Exeter Chiefs fought their way to a bonus point victory over Newcastle Falcons to move up to second in Aviva…

Match Report: Saracens 29 Sale Sharks 18

Saracens recorded their first Aviva Premiership Rugby win since New Year’s Day with a 29-18 success over an in-form Sale…

Match Reaction: Harlequins 18 Leicester Tigers 27

Assistant coach Geordan Murphy tipped his cap to a steely second-half showing from the Leicester Tigers replacements, who changed the…

England Under-20 secure impressive bonus-point win over Italy

England secured their third bonus-point win of the 2017 Six Nations with an eight-try 46-0 victory over Italy at the…

Match Report: Harlequins 18 Leicester Tigers 27

Leicester Tigers’ impressive second-half comeback saw them score 24 unanswered points and stun hosts Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop to claim…

Myler still dreaming of top four with Northampton Saints

He has been the cornerstone of Northampton’s back-line for more than a decade and fly-half Stephen Myler insists he will…

Stephen Myler

Joseph returns for derby clash against Bristol Rugby

Jonathan Joseph will return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership clash with West Country rivals Bristol…

Chiefs side to face Newcastle Falcons

Rob Baxter may be wary of the threat Newcastle Falcons pose to his Exeter side, but insists its challenges such…

Waldrom

Wasps team to play Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps’ side to take on Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday,…

Le Roux Wasps

Sale Sharks Team News

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 2.45pm)  at…

Josh Charnley

Newcastle Falcons team to face Exeter Chiefs

Newcastle Falcons have made three changes ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 3pm). Chris Harris replaces…

Evan Olmstead

Gloucester Rugby make two changes for Sunday’s trip to Wasps

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that started against Saracens last weekend, making just two changes…

Lewis Ludlow

Bristol Rugby team to face Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby play host to Bath Rugby in the much-anticipated West Country derby on Sunday (1pm KO). Mark Tainton’s men…

Gavin Henson

Saracens name team for Sale clash

Saracens have named their team to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round 16 Aviva Premiership clash at Allianz Park, kick-off…

Joel Conlon

Annett and Dowson return for Saints test

Niall Annett and Phil Dowson are among three changes to the Warriors starting line-up for their trip to Franklin’s Gardens…

Phil Dowson

Northampton Saints team news versus Worcester

The Northampton Saints team has been named for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 16 home match against Worcester. The Saints head…

Michael Paterson

RFU Disciplinary: Francois Louw

An appeal against the sanction imposed on Francois Louw of Bath Rugby was heard by an RFU Disciplinary appeal panel…