Thrilling Rugby action on Day 1 of Under 16 National Championship

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By ARU Media Unit

Day 1 of the Under 16 National Rugby Championship has wrapped up at St Ignatius College in Riverview today with the eight teams from Division 1 going head to head for the first four games of the tournament.

The day kicked off with a compelling opening match between the two NSW teams. The NSW Schools side made a convincing start with a 26 to nil lead at half time against NSW Country. The Schools side secured the win with Outside Centre, Henry Hutchinson scoring three out of their nine tries.

Game 2 saw the Sydney Juniors beat Victoria, 4 tries to 2.  Despite being down by just five points at half time the Victorian team were unsuccessful in closing the gap any further before full-time against the triumphant Sydney Juniors.

Last year’s tournament Champions, Queensland Red had a promising victory against a determined Brumbies outfit. Eager to take home the Division 1 Title for a second year running, the Queensland side crossed the line for a total of six tries in their first match of the tournament.

The opening day finished with a close encounter between the Queensland White and Western Australia teams, with the Queensland side just a point ahead at half time. They went on to defeat Western Australia by just two points at the final siren.

The National residential tournament is conducted annually by the Australian Rugby Union for Under-16 National, State or Territory representative teams.

The tournament is an important element of the Player Pathway at National, Provincial, Regional and Affiliate level to provide an effective platform for identifying up and coming talent.

Day two of the U16 Championship tomorrow promises continued action with Division 1 and 2 matches as the four Division 2 teams join the competition.

The four-day tournament held at St Ignatius College in Riverview continues on Thursday, following a rest day on Wednesday, before the finals this Friday 5 October.

Entry to the Championship is free and supporters are encouraged to attend.

Full results from Day 1 and the draws for the next three days of the competition are detailed below.

Division 1 - Pool A

NSW Schools

QLD White

Western Australia

NSW Country

Division 1 – Pool B


Sydney Juniors



 Division 2

National Indigenous

South Australia

Northern Territory



Match Day 1 Results – Monday, 1st October


NSW Schools 55 defeated NSW Country 0

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 1


Sydney Juniors 24 defeated Victoria 14

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 2


QLD Red 38 v Brumbies 12

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 3


QLD White 13  defeated Western Australia 11

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 4


Match Day 2 Draw – Tuesday 2nd October


Tasmania v South Australia

Oval 1

Division 2 – Game 5


Sydney Juniors v Brumbies

Oval 2

Division 1 – Game 6


National Indigenous v Northern Territory

Oval 1

Division 2 – Game 7


QLD White v NSW Country

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 8


QLD Red v Victoria

Oval 2

Division 1 – Game 9


NSW Schools v Western Australia

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 10

Lay Day – Wednesday 3rd October

Match Day 3 Draw – Thursday 4th October


Victoria v Brumbies

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 11


Tasmania v National Indigenous

Oval 2

Division 2 – Game 12


Western Australia v NSW Country

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 13


QLD Red v Sydney Juniors

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 14


Northern Territory v South Australia

Oval 2

Division 2 – Game 15


NSW Schools v QLD White

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 16


Match Day 4 Draw – Friday 5th October


Northern Territory v Tasmania

Oval 2

Division 2 – Game 17


Pool A (4th) v Pool B (4th)

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 18


Pool A (2nd) v Pool B (2nd)

Oval 2

Division 2 – Game 19


South Australia v National Indigenous

Oval 1

Division 2 – Game 20


Pool A (3rd) v Pool B (3rd)

Oval 2

Division 1 – Game 21


Pool A (1st) v Pool B (1st) – Div 1 Final

Oval 1

Division 1 – Game 22


Rod Macqueen Shield (RMq) = Winner of the Division 1 Final

Nick Farr-Jones Shield (NFJ) = Winner of Division 1 Plate Final (5th/6th playoff)

John Eales Shield (JE) = Winner of the Division 2


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