Australian Schoolboys

The Australian Schoolboys team is the highest level of representation for players U18 years of age. The Australian Schoolboy teams are administered by the Australian Schools Rugby Union (ASRU). The ARU and ARU High Performance Unit are involved through the program including funding, programs scheduling, coaching and selection.
 
The Australian Schools and Australia ‘A’ Schools teams (two squads of 23 players) are selected from the National Schoolboy Championships conducted annually. An international match schedule is provided each year for these two teams. International matches and tours include:
 
New Zealand Schools
 
An annual fixture is played against New Zealand Schools alternating between home and away. In Australia the New Zealand Schools will play the Australian Schoolboys as well as Australia ‘A’ Schoolboys. On tour in New Zealand, the Australian schoolboys typically play 2 lead up games and a test match. Venues vary each year.
 
Pacific Islands – Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
 
One of the Pacific Island nations will tour Australia each year playing matches against the Australian Schoolboys and Australia ‘A’ Schoolboys. When touring New Zealand the Australian schoolboys will tour through a Pacific Island nations playing at least two matches including a test match.
 
UK – Ireland, England, Wales
 
The Australian Schoolboys undertake a UK tour every four years – the latest being in 2009. On tour matches are typically played against regional teams as well as test matches against Ireland, England and Wales. Ireland and England also schedule tours to Australia and play Australia ‘A’ and test matches against the Australian schoolboys.
 
The Australian Schoolboys program provides the highest level of performance benchmarking at the U18 year age group – an important high performance level and age group before players graduate into premier grade, academy and professional Super15 programs. Accordingly matches are viewed closely by high performance and Super15 coaching staff. Importantly the program also provides an outstanding education and introduction to international rugby and the opportunities it can provide to all players and coaches involved.

Many players have graduated from the Australian Schoolboys program to SuperRugby and Wallaby levels.

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