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Hosts await England

Beaten finalists grouped with South Africa, Ireland and Italy

Last Updated: 12/12/11 1:46pm

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England have been pooled together with hosts South Africa at next year's IRB Junior World Championship.

England, who were beaten by New Zealand in this summer's final, will also take on Ireland and Italy at the Under-20s tournament.

The competition, featuring the top-12 ranked teams, will take place between June 4-22 with the matches shared between the University of Western Cape Stadium in Cape Town and the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.

Scotland are in Pool C with Australia, France and Argentina, while Wales face the daunting prospect of taking on New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa.

IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "The IRB Junior World Championship has grown to become one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the global rugby calendar, delivering a competitive development pathway for our unions as well as a fantastic competitive product which has proven a hit with fans and broadcasters."

"So far, 111 players have made the step up from the tournament to win full Test caps, including 49 players who made their mark at Rugby World Cup 2011.

"We look forward to another memorable tournament in 2012 and the opportunity to embrace the rich rugby heritage of the region with the dynamic and free-flowing rugby provided by the next generation of international Test stars."

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