The Under-21 side will welcome their counterparts from the Sharks, Toyota Free State, Western Province and Blue Bulls to their iconic stadium for this exciting, action-packed and streamlined tournament.
All teams will play each once, with semi-finals and a final to conclude this showpiece of the best emerging South African rugby talent, with two matches to take place every four days.
The hosts will take on Toyota Free State in their opening match on Sunday 4 October, a couple of hours after the North-South derby between Western Province and defending champions, the Blue Bulls. The Sharks have a bye in the first round.
SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, expressed his excitement with the tournament.
“The Under-21 competition provides an important pipeline in our player development and scouting set-up, as well as a showcase for unions in terms of contracting senior players,” said Erasmus.
“Traditionally, some exciting players emerged from this tournament and this time it will be no different. It will be great to see this age group showcasing their talents.
“A lot of the players have already been spotted in our Elite Player Development structures, and we will be monitoring their progress with keen interest.”
All five teams will be based in Johannesburg for the duration of the tournament. Current COVID-19 regulations will be in effect, with no spectators allowed and limited working personnel allowed in the stadium on match days.
The SA Rugby U21 Championship fixtures for 2020 are (kick-off times to be confirmed):
Sunday 4 October (Round One)
Western Province v Blue Bulls
Toyota Free State v Lions
Thursday 8 October (Round Two)
Blue Bulls v Toyota Free State
Lions v Cell C Sharks
Bye: Western Province
Monday 12 October (Round Three)
Western Province v Sharks
Lions v Blue Bulls
Bye: Toyota Free State
Friday 16 October (Round Four)
Western Province v Toyota Free State
Sharks v Blue Bulls
Tuesday 20 October (Round Five)
Toyota Free State v Sharks
Lions v Western Province
Bye: Blue Bulls
Semi-finals: Sunday 25 October
Final: Friday 30 October