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Philippe Bourdarias, the IRB's Tournament Director for the Junior World Championship, has answered a number of the questions posed to him by readers of BOKzine.
Your Question: Good day sir. Thanks for the opportunity and good luck with the tournament, we’re very excited about watching some games. Do you think the IRB is achieving their goal with the JWC in terms of bringing young players through to international rugby? I think it’s a great springboard. Regards – Donny Silberstein
Philippe answers: The objective for the IRB is to provide our member Unions with a high level international pathway for U20 players. Since the creation of the JWC in 2008, 130 players have played for their national senior teams after having played in the JWC. So, I think that definitely the IRB is achieving their goals wit the JWC.
Your Question: Why was all the matches not staged in Stellenbosch, on the outer fields as well? Jan van Blerk.
Philippe answers: Six matches per match day requires two match venues. Cape Town and Stellenbosch are traditionally big rugby spots and we wanted to offer matches to the rugby fans in both places. Also Danie Craven and UWC meet exactly the requirements set by the IRB in terms of facilities, seating capacity, accessibility for the fans, etc.
Your Question: If SARU makes a success of this tournament, obviously with help from the IRB, do you think South Africa will host a big Rugby World Cup again, like in 1995? Cheers, Alison.
Philippe answers: This event is not a test event for the IRB and SARU in the view of hosting a future RWC. SARU is one of the main IRB member Unions and have a long history of hosting international matches. They have already hosted a successful RWC and South Africa has organised a very successful FIFA WC in 2010.
Your Question: Hi Phil, any chance of Os Du randt slipping under the radar (age wise) and making an appearance at the junior world cup with his age going unnoticed? - Paul
Philippe answers: Haha - good one Paul. I doubt it - that man is huge, you can't miss him! But I hear there are some big and solid South African props that were selected!