The pools and match schedule have been confirmed for the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2019, which will be staged in São José dos Campos, Brazil, from 9-21 July.
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 finals day on 21 July.
Kenya will take on the 2017 champions Japan, who were relegated from the U20 Championship last year, Uruguay and either USA or Canada in Pool A, with the North American representative to be decided by a two match play-off on 4 and 8 June in Victoria, Canada.
Kenya's first game is against Uruguay on Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 11pm, Kenyan time. Their second game will be against RAN on Saturday July 13 at 11pm before finishing with Japan on Wednesday July 17 at 6pm.
Hosts Brazil are making their first appearance in the U20 Trophy and will face Portugal, Hong Kong and Tonga in Pool B.
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.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “The age-grade tournaments provide an important development opportunity for the next generation of stars to hone their skills in a competitive environment and I am sure we will witness exciting, high quality rugby throughout the event.
“The U20 Trophy is a World Rugby funded tournament and with a youthful and sport-loving population of over 200 million, Brazil is a strategic investment priority as part of World Rugby’s mission to grow the game globally.
Kenya U20 Fixtures
vs Uruguay -July 9. 11pm
vs RAN -July 12. 11pm
vs Japan- July 17. 6pm