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Georgia to host U20 World Championship

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Georgia will host World Rugby's U20 Championship in 2017, the governing body has announced.

The world's finest juniors will play in Tbilisi and Kutaisi as the tournament is held in the country for the first time. The decision was made by the World Rugby Council at a meeting in Dublin this week. World Rugby also announced that the 2017 Women's World Cup would take place in Ireland.

England have won the last two editions of the tournament, which is hosted by Italy this year. It has been running since 2008 and has seen 343 players go on to achieve full test honours.

"I'd like to congratulate the Georgian Rugby Union on being chosen to host the prestigious U20 Championship in 2017," said World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

"I'd also like to thank the Georgian government for its investment in hosting the tournament. The future stars of world rugby will enjoy a great event in 2017, with unique hospitality and a warm welcome in a country that boasts such a rich cultural and sporting heritage."

President of the Georgian Rugby Union George Nijaradze said: "Hosting the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017 is the highest honour, not only for Georgian rugby, but for Georgia as a country.

"This tournament is a perfect way to further promote rugby in our country and we're delighted to be chosen to host this event. This is an acknowledgement of the level which Georgian rugby has reached and shows what has been done to develop rugby here.

"This tournament will enhance our international profile and hopefully attract a large number of people to visit our country, enjoy our rich culture and famous Georgian hospitality."