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Kraven Morehead
12-11-2009, 20:21
Thursday, November 12, 2009 Bookmark and Share
The International Rugby Board has confirmed that Russia will host the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in 2010. The tournament, which is a key element of the IRB’s Age Grade strategy for Under 20 players, will take place in the capital Moscow from May 18 to 30.

The Canadian U20 side will be the North American representative in the tournament. After finishing 14th in the 2009 U20 World Championships, Canada will be in tough in a smaller eight team field.

“We are delighted to announce that the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy will be going to Russia next year," said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

TheRugby Union Of Russia is making excellent progress in growingparticipation and popularity across the country, with theimplementation of professional leagues and a strong community gamestructure.”

The Rugby Union of Russia is one of eight nations to have expressed a formal interest to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013. Today's announcement is another important step in the process of growing the Game domestically at a time when the men’s senior national team remain on target to qualify for a first ever Rugby World Cup, in 2011 in New Zealand.

“This will be the first IRB tournament held in Russia and also very significantly our first major 15-a-side tournament. It gives us the opportunity to showcase high quality international Rugby to the Russian public and develop key legacy schemes designed to attract more young people to the Game,” said Rugby Union of Russia President Vyacheslav Kopiev.

“It also gives our Under 20 team a chance to progress and test themselves on a global stage, which is extremely exciting. Moscow is a magnificent city and a great sports capital, any player or spectator coming here will thoroughly enjoy themselves.”

Canada will join hosts Russia, defending champions Romania and other regional qualifiers Zimbabwe (Africa), Papua New Guinea (Oceania), 2008 winners Uruguay (South America), Japan (Asia) and Italy (Europe) in the eight-team event.

During the U20 World Cup last summer the Canadian side faced both Italy and Uruguay, losing 32-22 against the Italians and beating Uruguay handily 29-11.

The IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy combines with its sister tournament, the IRB Junior World Championship, to provide talented young players and Unions with annual international competition and a dedicated performance and development pathway, while providing emerging Unions with invaluable major tournament hosting experience and a lasting Rugby legacy.

The 2009 Trophy in Kenya was a resounding success, providing a significant boost to the Game in the African country through a dedicated legacy programme that featured a schools Tag Rugby initiative that will reach out to over 100,000 children by 2012.

“The IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2010 promises to be the most competitive to date. The global qualification process highlighted the increased levels of competition across each Region and with champions Romania, Japan, Italy and of course hosts Russia participating, it will be a hugely exciting tournament,” said IRB Tournaments Manager Philippe Bourdarias.

cheflgf
12-11-2009, 22:27
russia rugby well this is new to me,does any one know of a club in moscow.i would like to join even for social games.i played all through and then U19 gauteng lions,and ive play for a few clubs ther after,ive been lazy for a few years so getting in to shape would be good.

Kraven Morehead
13-11-2009, 00:17
Do a search on this site for the Moscow Dragons, an expat Rugby side in Moscow
You can add yourself to rugby-forum.ru -forum.