Australia to join World Junior Championship
February 11, 2000
The increasingly popular World Junior Championships will include Australia this year ensuring the participation of all the major rugby playing nations.
The Wallabies, who have been absent in previous years, will line up against England in their opening pool game on April 14.
The reigning champions New Zeland will begin their defence against Spain while last year's runners-up Wales will play Uruguay.
The annual competition featuring 32 sides in three divisions is now has £450,000 worth of sponsorship by the International Board. The final will take place in Dijon on April 23.
Following the passing of Jack Kyle, Huw Richards pays tribute to arguably the finest player Ireland has produced
"When Mike Burton was sent off I thought the world had gone crazy - just Pommy bashing, hitting anyone." Behind the Rose heads back to 1975
The time for tinkering is over - England must nail their colours to the mast in key positions, writes Phil Vickery
"New Zealand-born Joe Schmidt has forged the Irish into a street-smart, well- prepared side," John Mitchell on the Irish renaissance