Canada defeated the USA 23-5 in the second leg of their North American qualifier on Saturday evening. In doing so they have earned their spot at the World Rugby u20 Trophy tournament in Brazil next month, taking the series on aggregate score of 67-38 following their first leg victory on Tuesday.
It’s the first time since 2015 that Canada has claimed both legs of the qualifier series. They will now prepare for the Trophy tournament that begins on July 9. Canada has been placed in Pool B along with Japan, Kenya, and Uruguay.
They’ll play Kenya Under 20 on July 12 at 11pm.
The 12th edition of the annual global age-grade tournament will see eight teams playing for the prize of promotion to the U20 Championship in 2020.
The competition format involves two pools of four teams who will compete over three match days on 9, 13 and 17 July, before the final’s day on 21 July.
All matches will take place at the Martins Pereira Stadium, which played host to several matches in the Americas Rugby Championship earlier this year.
The event marks the first time Brazil will host a World Rugby global 15s competition, following the outstanding success of the rugby sevens tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The competition also provides a platform to develop the players who will become the stars of the future in many of the emerging nations of rugby. To date 460 players have successfully made the transition from appearing in the U20 Trophy to achieving senior test player status.
Kenya U20 Fixtures
vs Uruguay -July 9. 11pm
vs Canada -July 12. 11pm
vs Japan- July 17. 6pm