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NSW has emerged victorious in the National Under 20s Championship with a hard fought 31-18 win over traditional rivals Queensland in Canberra on Wednesday.
NSW had an unbeaten run throughout the tournament defeating Southern States and Country Regions, Tonga and finally Queensland in the final match of the tournament.
It was an exciting final round of games with three teams still able to claim the Championship pending other results, however it was NSW who managed to continue their strong form to claim the title for 2014.
The Championship was an excellent opportunity for players to impress National selectors before an Extended Australian Under 20s squad will be named next week to play Fiji and Samoa at Bond University in Queensland in April.
General Manager Development Pathways, Ben Whitaker was very satisfied with the standard of competition across the tournament.
“The National Under 20s Championship has seen a high standard of competition from each and every game,” Mr Whitaker said.
“It was also great to see Tonga compete in the tournament. Exposing our next generation of Australian talent to international competitors only serves to enhance their development.”
Australian Under 20s Head Coach, Adrian Thompson now has the difficult task of picking the Australian squad.
“The standard from the players was exceptional on and off the field and there are a number of players vying for contention in the Australian squad,” Thompson said.
“It’s a very exciting time for the Under 20s with the IRB Junior World Championships also taking place in Auckland in June.”
Day One (March 22)
Queensland 27 defeated Tonga 17
New South Wales 39 defeated Southern States and Country Regions 16
Day Two (March 24)
New South Wales 40 defeated Tonga 8
Southern States and Country Regions 16 defeated Queensland 11
Day Three (March 26)
Southern States and Country Regions 55 defeated Tonga 5
New South Wales 31 defeated Queensland 18
Champions: New South Wales
For more information on the Under 20s please contact ARU Communications Coordinator, Patrick Foulkes on 8005 5621 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRB has announced its match officials list for the second stage of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships overnight, with two Australians appointed to referee two of the games in New Zealand on Sunday.
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