AJ Bell Stadium will be the setting for the World Rugby U20 Championship 2016. Hosted by the RFU, the tournament will take place throughout June 2016. Each year it is contested by 12 national teams at under-20 level, showcasing future stars of rugby union. It was first introduced in 2008, when it was known as the Junior World Championship and since then Wales, Japan, Argentina, Italy, South Africa, France and New Zealand have all played host. England are the current title holders, having won the trophy in back-to-back tournaments in 2013 and 2014, so it is a great honour for AJ Bell Stadium to be able to host the 2016 competition.
World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said:
The U20 Championship in England next year will be another excellent opportunity for the future stars of world rugby to showcase their skills on the world stage, following what’s shaping up to be a record-breaking Rugby World Cup. Manchester will provide an excellent base for the world’s top U20 teams, and it’s a great opportunity to bring a top class rugby event to the city and grow the game even further in the region.
Manchester City’s 7,000 seat Academy Stadium will also be hosting.
Neil Fairlamb, Manchester City Council Head of Sport, said:
The announcement that the World Rugby U20 Championship will take place in Manchester is fantastic news and once again demonstrates the city’s commitment to the sport. It will also allow us to build on the interest created by hosting a 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Councillor Ann-Marie Humphreys, Assistant Mayor for Culture and Sport at Salford City Council, added:
This tournament will give the chance to showcase the world-class sporting event facilities we have on offer in Salford. It promises to be a great championship and the people of Salford will extend a very warm welcome to the players and all those who attend.
Festive gift ideas at Lee Valley
Lee Valley is offering gift vouchers for sports enthusiasts who want to experience the London 2012 Legacy venues.
Lee Valley White Water Centre
A White Water Raft Adventure Voucher costs £65. Alternatively, a White Water Activity Voucher for Two for £100 can be redeemed against Hydrospeeding or a Hot Dog session for two. There are also £6 or £10 paddling vouchers which are great for experienced paddlers as well as beginners.
Lee Valley VeloPark
One hour taster sessions are perfect for all riders that want to experience this world class venue. BMX, road or mountain bike gift vouchers cost £15 and for £35 gets a go on the track inside the velodrome.The Lee Valley VeloPark Experience voucher for £60 buys two cycling disciplines in one day.