Ireland and England will face off in their opening pool match of the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship which kicks off in Argentina in June.
Ireland are currently in a rich vein of form as they are three from three in the U20 Six Nations and the Grand Slam is a possibility although they have to take on current world champions France next weekend before they finish up their campaign against Wales.
Noel McNamara’s side will hope to have a much-improved showing at the world championships this summer as last year they avoided disaster when they were almost relegated to the World Rugby U20 Trophy but for a final 39-33 win against Japan ensuring their spot among the world’s best.
Ireland have been drawn in a pool alongside England, Australia and Italy and they will be confident that they can ensure passage to the knockout stages as long as they don’t suffer a similar injury crisis which hampered their 2018 campaign.
World Rugby Vice-Chairman and Rugby Americas President Agustín Pichot said: “The U20 Championship has proven itself to be a very important competition for the uncovering and development of the future stars of our game and attracting new, young fans to the sport.
“With Rugby World Cup 2019 on the horizon, these young players will have no shortage of inspiration to take the next step towards fulfilling their rugby dreams.
“The 2018 edition of the U20 Championship in France was an outstanding success and it is a great honour for Argentina to take the pass and host this prestigious competition. The 12 participating nations will experience a warm Argentinian welcome and we look forward to an excellent tournament with enthusiastic fans and spectacular action on the field of play.”