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England Under 20 will play their first two games of this summers IRB Junior World Championship in Italy in the northern city of Treviso before heading to Padova for their final group match.

Rob Hunters 2011 Grand Slam Champions will play 6 Nations rivals Ireland and Scotland in Pool C on June 10 and 14, respectively, before taking on southern hemisphere giants South Africa on June 18.

England will be looking avenge their 3rd/4th place play-off defeat inflicted by the Springboks at last years tournament in Argentina.

The IRB and the Federazione Italiana Rugby have also announced that RAI Sport will be the host Broadcaster for the tournament in Italy.

Under the deal, Italys leading free-to-air sports broadcaster will produce comprehensive coverage of rugbys premier age grade competition for rugby fans around the world, with a Championship record of 14 matches broadcast live.

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "We are delighted to be working with RAI Sport to deliver unprecedented coverage of the IRB Junior World Championship. RAI Sport is a proven leader in rugby and sports production in Italy and the appointment is wonderful news for rugby fans around the world who will have unprecedented television access to an event that continues to go from strength to strength.

He added: This exciting deal represents the first time that the tournament has attracted a major free-to-air national broadcaster and certainly reflects the continued growth in popularity of rugby in Italy and follows a memorable RBS Six Nations campaign for the senior national side.

In total eight pool matches, including all three of Italys games, will be broadcast live along with the semi finals, third place play-off and the final. The IRB will also deliver a live streaming service of the 14 matches via the official tournament website available in both English and Italian.

The 12-team tournament, which brings together the future stars of the Test arena for five rounds of intense and competitive action, kicks off on June 10 with the rugby heartlands of Rovigo, Treviso and Padova each staging double-header matches. The impressive Stadio Plebiscito in Padova will host the final on match day five on June 26

The IRB Junior World Championship 2010 in Argentina smashed all previous tournament records with over 100,000 fans attending high-quality matches that were screened in 149 territories via 19 global broadcasters.

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