August 9, 2019 – International rugby is set to kick off this weekend in Paraguay with the inaugural Rugby Americas Challenge Under-20 Men’s competition

Hosted by Sudamérica Rugby and the Paraguay Rugby Union, this four-team round-robin style tournament will be played at the Héroes de Curupaytí Stadium in Asunción. Chile, Colombia, Paraguay & Mexico will all compete for the tournament title.

The annual tournament was created to provide high performance opportunities for the next tier of Americas Rugby nations alongside the senior Americas Rugby Challenge that will be played again in Medellín, Colombia at the end of the month.

“The Americas Rugby Challenge Under-20 is a key tournament for continuing the growth and development in the growth unions within  the Americas, underpinning the recent success of the Americas Rugby Championship and Americas Rugby Challenge senior competitions,” said Dan Payne, Rugby Americas Chief Executive Officer.

“There’s now a distinct pathway that connects the ARC and ARCH senior competitions to the pinnacle event, the Rugby World Cup.  Developing the age grade competitions to underpin that pathway is imperative as we utilize competition as the vehicle to drive growth within the Americas region.”

The tournament will begin on Sunday, August 11 with two matches (kick off time TBC), the second round will be on Wednesday, August 14 and the finale of the tournament on Saturday, August 17. The winner will be decided by total points throughout the three matches.

Fans are encouraged to follow Sudamérica Rugby, Paraguay Rugby Union & Rugby Americas North on social media for updates throughout the tournament.

Live stream details will be announced shortly.

Round 1 – Sunday, August 11
Chile vs. Colombia at 1pm local time
Paraguay vs. Mexico at 2:50pm local time

Round 2 – Wednesday, August 14
Paraguay vs. Colombia at 1pm local time
Chile vs. Mexico at 2:50pm local time

Round 3 – Saturday, August 17
Paraguay vs. Chile at 1pm local time
Colombia vs. Mexico at 2:50pm local time