It’s time for young rugby players to show their potential on the big stage as the annual historical competition, U-20 Six Nations, is all set to kick off on February 3, 2023, where some of the best European teams will face each other in the round-robin format. Six of the best European teams will be participating in the U20 Rugby tournament, with the following teams to take on each other for the glory: Rugby Fans are in a treat as Six Nations Rugby Championships are all set to kick off this month, with some of the best teams from Europe ready to face each other.
- Date: February 3, 2023 – March 20, 2023
- Number of teams: 6
- TV: BBC Sports
- Streams: OolaTV
In the U20 championship, 15 matches will be played, with the first to be played on Friday, February 3, 2023, and to be concluded on Sunday, March 19, 2023.
How To Watch Six Nations Under 20s Championship Live TV Channel:
Fans can live stream the 2023 Rugby U20 Six Nations championship through below mentioned links and TV channels:
- OolaTV (anywhere)
- BBC iPlayer (UK)
- BBC Sports Website
- BBC Red Button
- S4C (Wales)
- Virgin Media and RTE (Ireland)
- Sky Sport Italia
2023 Rugby U20 Six Nations Championship Teams:
English U20 finished third in the 2022 edition, seven points behind second-ranked France. Lewis Chessum will lead the English side, while Josh Hathaway and Tobias Elliott are all set to make their debuts on the wings.
Squad: Archie McArthur, Finn Theobald-Thomas, Tim Hoyt, Danny Eite, Lewis Chessum (c), Finn Carnduff, Greg Fisilau, Chandler Cunningham-South, Charlie Bracken, Monty Bradbury, Josh Hathway, Joseph Woodward, Rekeiti Ma’asi-White, Tobias Elliott, Sam Harris
Replacements: Calum Scott, Asher Opoku-Fordjour, Afolabi Fasogbon, Robert Carmichael, Tristan Woodman, Nye Thomas, Louie Johnson, Toby Cousins
Scotland’s U20 side isn’t entering the championship in good form. They finished at the bottom of the table in the last edition (2022). Kenny Murray has arrived at the tournament with a talented 34-man squad and wants to change things. Talking about the squad, ten out of 34 players are included after their progression in the Scotland U18. Moreover, 27 players out of 34 developed their skills in Scotland, while seven came through the Qualified Scottish system and qualified to play for the team after meeting the eligibility criteria.
Squad: Dan King, William Robinson, Duncan Munn, Kerr Yule, Amena Caqusau, Richie Simpson, Ben Afshar, Max Surry, Corey Tait, Callum Norrie, Jake Parkinson, Harris McLeod, Liam McConnell, Rudi Brown, Jonny Morris
Replacements: Jerry Blyth-Lafferty, Craig Davidson, Moby Ogunlaja, Eddie Erskine, Ruairaidh Hart, Sam Derrick, Finlay Burgess, Geordie Gwyn
Wales U-20 rugby team recorded just one win (vs Scotland) in the 2022 U20 Six Nations championship, finishing second-last on the table. However, they’ve improved recently and have one of the most exciting squads in the tournament.
Squad: Cameron Winnett, Llien Morgan, Louie Hennessey, Harri Ackerman, Harri Houston, Dan Edwards, Archie Hughes, Dylan Kelleher-Griffiths, Sam Scarfe, Tomas Pritchard, Liam Edwards, Jonny Green, Ryan Woodman (c), Luca Giannini 8. Huw Davies
Replacements: Isaac Young, Freddie Chapman, Ellis Fackrell, Owain Evans, Mackenzie martin, Harri Williams, Harrison James, Tom Florence
After enjoying a pretty good 2022 year, Italy U20 would like to make this year memorable for them; by winning the championship at the start of the year. Italy’s U20 side won three of the five games of the 2022 U20 Six Nations Championship and finished third. Moreover, they registered two wins against England, an opponent they had never won.
Squad: François Carlo Mey, Alessandro Gesi, Dewi Passarella, Nicola Bozzo, Mathias Leon Douglas, Giovanni Sante, Sebastiano Battara, Destiny Ugiagbe, Giovanni Quattrini, Marcos Francesco Gallorini, Alex Mattioli, Pietro Turrisi, Carlos Lizardo Berlese, David Odiase, Matteo Rubinato
Replacements: Nicholas Gasperini, Samuele Taddei, Alex Valentino Artuso, Filippo Lavorenti, Enrico Pontarini, Filippo Bozzoni, Andrea Bruniera, Jacopo Botturi
France’s U20 side is entering the championship as hot favourites; they finished second in the previous (2022) edition of the U20 Six Nations Championship, suffering just one loss against eventual champions Ireland (17-16) in round 2 due to a last-minute penalty. The French U20 side last won the championship in 2014 and would like to make this year their title-winning one. With players like Bordeaux-Bègles centre Nicolas Depoortere (Captain), Pau duo Hugo Auradou, Brent Liufau, and more in the 36-men squad, Coach Sebastian has one of the best squads in the championship and would like his side to go as far as possible.
Squad: Theo Attissogbe, Mael Moustin, Arthur Mathiron, Nicolas Depoortere (C), Enzo Benmegal, Tom Raffy, Simon Tarel, Hugo Parrou, Barnabé Massa, Zacharie Affane, Charly Gambini, Brent Liufau, Lomig Jouanny, Lenni Nouchi, Mathis Castro Ferreira
Replacements: Thomas Lacombre, Louis Penverne, Valentin Simutoga, Bastien Chinarro, Oscar Jegou, Lucas Zamora, Axel Desperes, Yerim Fall
Wales’s U-20 side will be defending their title as they won the 2022 U20 Six Nations championship after conceding just 65 points in the tournament and recording away wins against France and England. However, Coach Richie Murphy has just three players at his disposal from that winning squad.
Squad: James Nicholson, Ike Anagu, Hugh Cooney, John Devine, Hugh Gavin, Sam Prendergast, Fintan Gunne, George Hadden, Gus McCarthy (C), Paddy McCarthy, Diarmuid Mangan, Conor O’Tighearnaigh, James McNabney, Ruadhán QuinnBrian Gleeson
Replacements: Danny Sheahan, George Morris, Fiachna Barrett, Evan O’Connell, Jacob Sheahan, Oscar Cawley, Harry West, Henry McErlean
2023 Rugby U20 Six Nations Championship Schedule:
Following is the schedule for the 2023 Rugby U20 Six Nations Championship:
Round 1: February 3:
- Italy U20 vs France U20 – 01:23 pm ET
- Wales U20 vs Ireland U20 – 01:50 PM ET
- England U20 vs Scotland U20 – 01:52 PM ET
Round 2 (February 11):
- England U20 vs Italy U20
- Scotland U20 vs Wales U20
- Ireland U20 vs France U20
Round 3 (February 25):
- Wales U20 vs England U20
- Italy U20 vs Ireland U20
- France U20 vs Scotland U20
Round 4 (March 11):
- Scotland U20 vs Ireland U20
- Italy U20 vs Wales U20
- England U20 vs France U20
Round 5: March 19:
- Scotland U20 vs Italy U20
- Ireland U20 vs England U20
- France U20 vs Wales U20
2023 Rugby U20 Six Nations Championship Format:
Regarding the U-20 championship, matches will be played on Fridays (except the final round, set to place on Sunday, March 19), in the round-robin format, with each team to face each other once and then accumulate the points to select the champion.
- The winning team will get four points or five (if the team scores four or more tries).
- The losing side won’t get any points or one point (if the team scores four or more tries by a margin of seven or fewer points) or two points (if the team scores four or more tries and loses by a margin of seven or fewer points).
- Each drawing team will get two points, and the team scoring four or more tries will get one extra point.
- A team that wins all of its five games (Grand Slam) will get three extra points.
Wales U20 won the 2022 edition, where they conceded just 65 points in the whole tournament and recorded away wins against the teams like France and England. In this squad, they’ve three players available from that squad. France U20 is the hot favourite to win this year’s championship, given their squad strength and recent form. Bordeaux-Bègles centre Nicolas Depoortere (Captain), and Pau duo Hugo Auradou, and Brent Liufau are a few of their players to look out for in the championship.
2023 Rugby U20 Six Nations Championship Venue:
Rugby U20 Six Nations is scheduled to be played in the following three venues:
- Stadiwm CSM, Colwyn Bay
- Stadio Comunale Monigo, Treviso
- Twickenham Stoop, Twickenham
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