The U20 Rugby World championship kicked off earlier today in Georgia.
It goes on for the next three weeks with the final on Sunday 18th June in Tbilisi
Pool A – Australia, England, Samoa and Wales
England started with a 74-17 win over Samoa.
England will have to do without Ben and Tom Curry as well as Nick Isiekwe from their 6 Nations triumph earlier in the year – all three are now in the senior England squad that is off to Argentina on Saturday.
Wales and Australia will be a handful but it is reasonable to predict that England should top this pool.
Pool B – Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Scotland
Ireland had a bit of a shock this morning when they fell to Italy 21-22. Ireland have suffered from losing players as well as injuries but were probably expecting to make it out of the group as the best runner up.
That looks especially difficult now and Scotland will be looking to grab that place in the semi-finals.
New Zealand will inevitably top the pool – they knocked over Scotland 42 -20 this morning.
Pool C – Argentina, France, Georgia and South Africa
The other game today saw France and South Africa play out a 23-23 draw.
This is a tough group with the home side also in the mix.
It was thought probable that the best runner-up could come from here – the 23-23 draw won’t help that!
This evening Argentina take on hosts Georgia and wales play Australia.
Sadly the pool games are only being shown as highlights, but I think the semi-finals and final will be on ITV4