The IRB Junior World Championship 2012 kicks off in Cape Town and Stellenbosch on Monday, June 4 with the world’s premier Age Grade Rugby tournament already proving a huge hit with thousands of Rugby fans in one of the sport's heartlands.
While tournament organisers are expecting passionate home support as South Africa face a tough opener against Ireland at the Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch, the triple-header match action at the venue kicks off with Wales taking on Fiji before four-time defending champions New Zealand open their latest title defence against newly promoted Samoa.
Three mouth-watering matches are also available at the University of Western Cape Stadium, Cape Town with last year’s semi-finalists Australia, complete with a host of Sevens stars, taking on Scotland before RBS Six Nations Under 20 champions and last year’s finalists England face Italy and France play Argentina.
Rugby fans across the world can savour every try, tackle and pass as all 30 matches are televised for the first time and available in 172 territories through 21 broadcasters, a record for the event.
The future of stars of world Rugby will be on show as the 336 players in South Africa look to follow in the illustrious footsteps of more than 130 JWC graduates, a roll of honour which includes the likes of Patrick Lambie, Aaron Cruden, David Pocock, Sam Warburton and Owen Farrell.
Live and on-demand streaming of all 30 matches is also available from host broadcaster, SuperSport, at www.supersport.com ensuring fans can enjoy unprecedented JWC match action.
The IRB has also launched its IRB Junior World Championship 2012 comprehensive Rugby News Service. Available at the official website www.irb.com/jwc will be live match updates and scores, a full match day round up, reaction, statistics, rights-free photos, video, audio and quotes for members of the media.
For the first time, the Championship is also fully social and interactive as the IRB provide daily digital updates and fans can have their say by tweeting @irbjuniors or following www.facebook.com/irbjuniorworldrugby via Facebook.
Round One fixtures (all times are local)
Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
Wales v Fiji 14.45
New Zealand v Samoa 16.45
South Africa v Ireland 18.45
University of Western Cape Stadium, Cape Town
Australia v Scotland 14.45
England v Italy 16.45
France v Argentina 18.45