The Australian Rugby Union today announced that for the first time there would be a regular weekly U20s competition with all five Australian Super Rugby teams competing for the Super U20s Championship in 2016.
Kicking off on Saturday 27 February, the six-week competition will see each side play each other across the country, with a final between the top two ranked teams to decide the inaugural Super U20s champion.
The five teams competing will be Queensland U20s, NSW Gen Blue U20s, Brumbies Colts (U20s), Melbourne Rebels U20s and the Western Force U20s.
The competition replaces the former Australian U20s Championship and will be the breeding ground for the BMW Australian U20s side, as well as showcasing the next generation of Australian Super Rugby stars coming through the ranks.
All but two matches in the inaugural Super U20s competition will be played as curtain raisers to Asteron Life Super Rugby matches, adding to the match day experience for fans.
Australian Rugby Union General Manager, High Performance, Ben Whitaker said: “The Super U20s Championship will be an exciting platform for the next generation of Australian players to enhance their abilities in the elite professional environments our Super Rugby clubs provide.
“The competition is an important addition to the BMW Pathway to Gold program in ensuring that we build sustainable elite success across our NRC and Super Rugby teams, as well as the BMW Australian U20s and ultimately the Qantas Wallabies and Qantas Australian Sevens team.“
2016 Super U20s Championship Draw:
Saturday 27 February - Western Force U20s v Melbourne Rebels, nib Stadium, Perth, 4:20pm
Saturday 27 February - Gen Blue U20s v Queensland U20s, Allianz Stadium, Sydney, 5.15pm
Friday 4 March - Brumbies Colts (U20s) v Gen Blue U20s, GIO Stadium, Canberra 5.10pm
Saturday 5 March - Queensland U20s v Western Force U20s, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 5.10pm
Friday 11 March - Western Force U20s v Brumbies Colts (U20s), nib Stadium, Perth, 4.35pm
Saturday 12 March - Melbourne Rebels U20s v Queensland U20s, AAMI Park, Melbourne, TBC
Saturday 19 March - Gen Blue U20s v Melbourne Rebels U20s, Sydney University, 1.25pm
Saturday 19 March - Queensland U20s v Brumbies Colts, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, 5.10pm
Saturday 26 March - Melbourne Rebels U20s v Brumbies Colts (U20s), AAMI Park, Melbourne, TBC
Saturday 26 March - Western Force U20s v Gen Blue U20s, UWA Sports Park, Perth 4.30pm