Media accreditation opens for JWRT 2011

(IRB.COM) Thursday 5 May 2011
 Media accreditation opens for JWRT 2011
Japan will hope to go one better than their runners up finish of 2010 - Photo: Stanislav Kolpakov

With just under three weeks until the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2011 kicks off in Georgia, the media accreditation process is now open.

The eight participating teams have all named their squads. Canada, Japan, Russia, newcomers Samoa, 2008 winners Uruguay, USA and Zimbabwe will join hosts Georgia for the first IRB tournament to be hosted in the country. The teams will be looking to follow in holders Italy's footsteps with promotion to the IRB Junior World Championship in 2012.

Media wishing to apply for accreditation for the tournament can do so by emailing Georgian Rugby Union (GRU) Communications Managers Maia Chickvaidze at and Giorgi Mamardashvili at or click here to download the media accreditation form from the GRU website.

Full terms and conditions of media accreditation for the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy are available here >>

The IRB will operate a Rugby News Service for the tournament, including features, match reports and live match streaming of selected games at


“The IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy forms an essential part of the IRB’s Age Grade strategy aimed at increasing global competitiveness at this pivotal level and will provide the Georgian Rugby Union with vital tournament management experience. Strong advanced ticket sales means the scene is set for what promises to be a memorable tournament at excellent venues in Tbilisi,” said IRB Tournaments Manager Philippe Bourdarias.

“The tournament will also be a landmark for Rugby in Georgia as the first major Rugby event to be hosted in the country. Rugby is now the leading sport in Georgia and continues to attract new players, fans and commercial support. It will be a wonderful showcase for all the hard work the Georgian Rugby Union has committed to the sport here and for Georgian culture and hospitality.”

GRU Tournament Director Lasha Khurtsidze added: "The IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy gives our Under 20 team the chance to test themselves on a global stage, against strong opposition, which is essential for their development as players. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the teams and their supporters to Tbilisi later this month for what will be a wonderful celebration of Rugby and Georgian culture.”