May 28,2014 (ISN) – The seventh annual IRB Junior World Championship, which kicks off next Monday, June 2, is set to become the most televised since the tournament began in 2008.
Teams are arriving in New Zealand this week ahead of kick off at the under 20 championship in Auckland.
The pool stages will be played in in Pukekohe and North Harbour Stadium, with the final held in Eden Park on Friday, June 20.
The premier age-grade tournament will be beamed to over 262 million homes across the globe, with a whopping 436 hours of live Rugby shown in over 140 countries.
All games from #JWC2014 will also be streamed live on IRB.com however some regions will be geo-blocked due to rights agreements. Viewers should check with the broadcaster in their region for more details.
The under 20 tournament kicks off next Monday, with England out to retain their crown after beating Wales to win the JWC trophy last year.
South Africa won the trophy on home soil in 2012 and this year’s hosts New Zealand won the coveted prize four times between 2008 and 2011.
IRB Tournament Director Philippe Bourdarias said: “The fact that this year’s IRB Junior World Championship will be the most televised since the tournament began shows the huge level of interest from Rugby fans around the World.”
“With just a few days left until kick off here in New Zealand, I have no doubt that viewers will see great Rugby and some fantastic skills from the future stars of World Rugby. It’s great to see the Junior World Championship reaching out to new audiences.”
Almost 300 graduates have passed from the ranks of the JWC to the international test arena since the first IRB Junior World Championship in 2008, proving to be a perfect pathway for the future stars of world Rugby.