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England discover group opponents for U20 Euros

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England will face-off against Germany, Wales and Latvia in Pool B at the 2019 Men’s Under 20 European Championships.

The draw has matched England with historic rivals Germany and Wales, along with youth lacrosse newcomers, Latvia at the inaugural U20 Euros in Czech Republic.

The tournament will be held in Prague, 29 June-6 July at SK Aritma Praha Sports Club, the venue for the well-known annual Prague Cup tournament.

Eight teams are scheduled to feature at the Championships with Pool A consisting of Israel, who England beat to 5th place at the 2016 U19 Worlds, Ireland, hosts of the 2020 U19 Worlds, hosts Czech Republic, and Poland.

Although a U20 tournament, England, led by Head Coach Ryan Garnsworthy, are likely to select a team eligible to feature at the 2020 U19 World Championships in Limerick with the event perfect preparation a year out from the Worlds.

The lads will also get an early sighter of the competition at the new joint Home Internationals in Aldershot, 5-7 April 2019, with Garnsworthy’s men coming up against Wales in the home series.

England go into the U20 Championships as the highest-ranked European nation following their 5th-place finish in Canada in 2016 and will no doubt be looking to emulate the success of the U19 Women’s side who won the Women’s U20 Euros back in August in Poland.