Nucifora, Stewart back together for Aus U20s

World Rugby U20s Championship
by Sam Phillips

Harry Nucifora knows Hamish Stewart's game like the back of his hand and he's excited to have the flyhalf back by his side for the World U20s Championship.

The Nucifora-Stewart 9-10 combination was instrumental in Queensland's undefeated Super U20s title run but the pair didn't play together at the Oceania U20s - Stewart spending the last six weeks as Quade Cooper's understudy at the Reds.

The Reds have released Stewart for the World U20s and Nucifora said having the team's chief playmaker back on board would do wonders for the side.

"Hamo has had a really good year with the (Queensland) U20s and he's been rewarded off the back of that with being able to have a few stints with the Queensland Reds," Nucifora said from Georgia.

"I think he will take a lot of that experience that he has got from the Reds, bring it to us and lead us well on the field."

Half the battle of a tournament on the other side of the world is acclimatising to the conditions and Nucifora said the squad was fit, firing and ready to go.


"I think we've done pretty well," he said.

"Our support staff have given us some strong guidelines to go by as to when to go to sleep, what foods to eat and staying hydrated.

"So I think a lot of the boys have to stuck to that and hopefully it will pay off."

The Australians will face Wales in their first match in the early hours of Thursday morning (AEST) and the halfback said the squad was excited to put months of preparation into practice.

"We've had three training camps now and it's quite a long campaign," he said.

"All the preparation and the buildup has led to now and I think all the boys are quite excited to play.

"Especially in a new country, it's obviously a huge honour playing for Australia as well."

The Australian U20s take on the Wales U20s in Georgia on Thursday morning, kicking off at 2:30am AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.

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