World Rugby U20 Championship Statement

General view of the stadium before the match between Ireland and Australia on 9 July, 2024 during match day three of the U20 Championship held at Athlone Stadium in Athlone, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/World Rugby)
Due to heavy rainfall in the Cape Town region on Tuesday 9 July, the pitch at Athlone Stadium has been assessed in partnership with organisers and match officials and currently declared not safe to play.
Due to heavy rainfall in the Cape Town region on Tuesday 9 July, the pitch at Athlone Stadium has been assessed in partnership with organisers and match officials and currently declared not safe to play.

As a result, the first match scheduled at this venue between Ireland U20 and Australia U20 has been cancelled and as per the tournament rules, both teams have been awarded two competition points.

The pitch will be assessed again ahead of the two remaining World Rugby U20 Championship matches due to take place at this venue and will only go ahead if the weather conditions improve, and the pitch is sufficiently drained for rugby to be played in safe conditions.

Another update will be provided in due course.

World Rugby U20 Championship - Match Day 3
Athlone Stadium

Ireland U20 vs Australia U20 - Cancelled
France U20 vs Wales U20 - TBC
South Africa U20 vs England U20 - TBC
Issued by World Rugby Communications
Photo by Carl Fourie/World Rugby
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