Junior Wallabies descend on Gold Coast for preparation camp

Sixteen players of this year’s NSW Generation Blue Under 20 programme have been included in the Junior Wallabies squad of 40 for next month’s preparation camp ahead of the Oceania Under 20 Championship.

The national squad assembles in Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast on Monday as they continue Australia’s preparation ahead of the Championship as well as the World Rugby Under 20 Championship to be held in France this June.

NSW Rugby’s Elite Youth Manager, Pat McCutcheon, said the selection of a significant number of Generation Blue players is fantastic for the State.

“I’m really happy to see a large number of NSW players in the mix. While the final squad is yet to be selected, our objective in the NSW Gen Blue Under 20 programme is to best prepare as many players as possible for graduation into higher honours.”

In the mix is 2017 Australian Schoolboys skipper and flyhalf Will Harrison, who also signed with the NSW Waratahs for three years back in January.

The national camp comes as the Six Nations U20s continues in Europe and the UK with Wales, Australia’s Pool challengers for the World Rugby U20s Championship, currently sitting in fourth place following a shock loss to Italy, 18-7.

Australia will also play New Zealand and Japan in Pool A in France.
Junior Wallabies Head Coach, Jason Gilmore, said: “We have really started to develop our systems and patterns and we’re looking forward to giving more detail to the lads to enhance our preparation.

“We have a talented young group of players and we’re enjoying the hard work as we get ready for the Oceania Rugby and World Rugby U20s Championships.”

The Junior Wallabies will be in camp at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast from 12-16 March.

2018 Junior Wallabies extended Squad

Charlie Hancock, ACT, Prop
Tom Ross, ACT, Prop
Darcy Breen, NSW, Prop
Patrick Tafa, NSW, Backrow
George Francis, NSW, Prop
Ben Grant, NSW, Lock
Josh Kemeny, NSW, Backrow
Sama Malolo, VIC, hooker
Hugh Margin, NSW, Lock
Rory Sutor, NSW, Backrow
Ben Grant, NSW, Lock
Angus Blyth, QLD, Lock
Matt Faessler, QLD, Hooker
Lloyd Gorman, QLD, Prop
Harry Hockings, QLD, Lock
Harry Hoopert, QLD, Prop
Tom Kibble, QLD, Backrow
Efi Ma'afu, QLD, Hooker
Tipane Mavoa, QLD, Backrow
Josh Nasser, QLD, Prop
Lawrence Tominiko, QLD, Prop
Esei Ha'angana, VIC, Backrow
Trevor Hosea, VIC, Lock
Carlo Tizzano, WA, Flanker

Lawson Creighton, Queensland, Fullback
Mack Hansen, ACT, Fullback
Len Ikitau, ACT, Centre
Isiah Latu, ACT, Centre
Ryan Lonergan, ACT, Scrumhalf
Tom Osborne, NSW, Fullback
Tom Fuller, NSW, Centre
Will Harrison, NSW, Flyhalf
Yirribi Jaffer-Williams, NSW, Wing
Bayley Kuenzle, NSW, Flyhalf
Jordan Morris, NSW, Centre
James Ramm, NSW, Wing
Nick Wilkinson, NSW, Centre
Hayden Sargeant, QLD, Wing
Isaac Lucas, QLD, flyhalf
Tate McDermott, QLD, Scrumhalf
Jordan Petaia, QLD, Centre
Harrison Goddard, VIC, Scrumhalf
Semisi Tupou, VIC, Fullback






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