Australia U20s name side for final pre World Champs hit out

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by Matt Lewis

The Australia U20s aren’t leaving any stone unturned as they prepare for their final World Championship clash, fielding the strongest side available.

U20s coach Adrian Thompson has included 11 players from the starting 15 that beat New Zealand in the Oceania Championship earlier this month.

Reds scrumhalf James Tuttle will have his first chance to impressive in an U20s jersey this season, while Brumbies duo, Jordan Jackson-Hope and Nic Jooste will remain in Canberra as Super Rugby injury cover until the squad departs.

Australia U20s defeated the Australian Barbarians 45-20 on Tuesday. Photo: Karen Watson

Thompson is expecting his squad to perform after a below-par performance on Tuesday, against the Australian Barbarians.

“We have picked our strongest side available for this match and the coaches have very clear expectations of what we want from the team,” he said.

“This team has worked very hard in camp, but after the scrappy performance against the Australian Barbarians earlier in the week the whole squad needs to lift to ensure our excellent preparation for the World Championships continue.” 

The BMW Australia U20s play the NSW Country Cockatoos this Saturday at 5.45pm at Chatswood Oval in Sydney.

TEAM

1. Faalelei Sione

2. Josh Taylor

3. Tyrel Lomax

4. Ryan McAuley

5. Izack Rodda

6. Angus Scott-Young

7. Liam Wright

8. Maclean Jones

9. James Tuttle

10. Mack Mason

11. Liam McNamara

12. Sione Tuipulotu

13. Liam Jurd

14. Ah-Mu Tuimalealifano

15. Jack Maddocks

RESERVES

16. Jordan Uelese

17. Richie Asiata

18. Sham Vui

19. Rob Leota

20. Ikapote Tupai

21. Harry Nucifora

22. Tom Molloy

23. Moses Sorovi

24. Sapesa Loga-Tarogi

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