#JWC2013 to be broadcast to 300 million homes

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 29 May 2013
 #JWC2013 to be broadcast to 300 million homes
Stade de la Rabine is one of three venues for JWC 2013

With just one week to go until IRB Junior World Championship 2013 kicks off in France, the International Rugby Board has announced details of where fans around the world can watch the tournament.

Building on last year's record breaking tournament in South Africa, many of the matches during IRB Junior World Championship 2013 will be beamed to almost 317 million homes around the world, in 184 countries.

This will account for more than 280 hours of broadcast time during the prestigious Under 20 tournament.

This will account for over 280 hours of broadcast time during this year's Under 20 tournament. Certain games will also be streamed live on the web, with users able to watch 17 matches on www.irb.com


The sixth IRB Junior World Championship will kick off in Nantes, La Roche-sur-Yon and Vannes in the north west of France on June 5 with the final taking place on June 23.

Champions South Africa will be there to defend their crown after they won the Under 20 title on home soil last year, when over 35,000 fans packed into Newlands Stadium in Cape Town to see them defeat New Zealand in a thrilling final, that was watched in 165 countries around the world.

And with just seven days to go until the action gets underway in France, IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset believes it's shaping up to be a great event.

"This competition is magical. It provides some of the best Rugby on offer at this age level," said Lapasset.

"Rugby fans around the globe associate the IRB Junior World Championship with open, running Rugby played by the 12 best under age teams in the world and I have no doubt that the excitement on the field will be matched by the warm welcome and hospitality that will greet the teams and their fans."

"It's so exciting to hear that the tournament will be broadcast to so many homes around the world, which helps our aim of growing the game on a global scale," said Lapasset.


Tickets are still available for some IRB Junior World Championship matches.

Ticket holders will be in for a feast of Rugby and the chance to witness the future stars of the Game in action.

Hosts France will face defending champions South Africa, England and IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012 winners USA in Pool A.

IRB Junior World Championship 2012 runners-up New Zealand face tough opposition with , Ireland, Australia and Fiji in Pool B, while Wales, Argentina, Scotland and Samoa make up Pool C.


Since 2008, the IRB Junior World Championship has provided the springboard for more than 200 players to graduate to the Test arena, including 2013 British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton, as well as a host of stars around the world.

The #JWC2013 kicks off on Wednesday June 5, with matches played on June 9, 13, 18 and with the final to be held in Vannes on June 23.

Streaming: Live streaming will be geoblocked in France, UK and Ireland. Highlights will be available on this website approximately four hours after the end of each match day. These highlights will not be geoblocked.