The 2014 National U20s program will see a return to a significant competition focus for players at State and National U20 level. U20 players across Australian will have the opportunity to be involved at various regional and state levels with the running of two key Championships – the Southern States U20 Championships (21-26 February 2014) and the National U20 Championships (21-26 March 2014). Whilst the end goal is to produce a high performing Australian U20 squad to contest the iRB Junior (U20) World Championship to be held in New Zealand in 2014, the program has been developed in line with other pathway strategic initiatives to:
1) Maximise access and opportunities to more talented players across Australia
2) Provide high level training and competition exposure to Australia’s talented U20 players
3) Create high level challenge for selection into State and National U20 teams (and therefore enhance Australia’s talent pool)
4) Link Australia’s best U20 talent with respective Super Rugby clubs
5) Provide motivation/aspiration for all players to achieve high level development and to seek selection in the highest program possible within an accessible and progressive national pathway
6) Produce a high performing Australian U20 team
7) Provide high level exposure and development opportunities for Australia’s talented coaches, management and match officials
Post the two U20 Championships, an Australian U20 squad will be selected to participate in a National Training Camp at Bond University on the Gold Coast 22 April-4 May 2014. Plans have been put in place to include an International U20 Tournament within this camp period to again provide valuable international competition exposure. This training camp/tournament will provide national U20 selectors with the program to finalise selections of the 28 player Australian U20 Team to contest the 2014 iRB Junior World Championships in New Zealand, between 1-21 June.
2014 National U20 Program
Southern States U20 Championship - 21-26 February 2014 – Adelaide
*Competing teams: Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, ACT, NSW Country, Qld Country
National U20 Championship - 21-26 March 2014 – Canberra
*Competing teams: NSW, Queensland, Combined States (selected from the Southern States Championships, Tonga (invited team)
Australia U20 Squad Training Camp/International U20 Tournament - 22 April-4 May 2014 – Bond University, Gold Coast
iRB Junior World Championships - 1-21 June 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand
Residence: Australian Institute of Sport, Leverrier Cres, Bruce ACT
The Australian Institute of Sport is a world-class facility, ensuring Australia’s current and emerging high performance athletes have access to the right support at the right time in their pursuit of excellence. It has outstanding residential and sporting facilities, including many rugby ovals and state-of-the-art aquatic centre and gymnasium. See AIS site map.
Match days: Tuggeranong Vikings Rugby Park, cnr of McBryde Crescent and Amsinck St, Wanniassa ACT
Viking Park is a six million-dollar multi sports facility consisting of a main Rugby ground with a fully fenced perimeter. This quality sporting facility can hold up to 8000 people with 1000 people being seated in the grandstand. There is also a canteen, first aid rooms, player and referee change rooms, a baseball diamond and the ground also has state of the art competition standard lighting.
Thursday 20 March 2014 – Wednesday 26 March 2014
Southern States & Country regions team arrives Thursday 20 March, The remaining teams arrive Friday 21 March.
All teams depart Wednesday 26 March, post the Cup Presentation (approx 5:40pm)
Saturday 22 March, Monday 24 March & Wednesday 26 March
Australian Rugby Union have offered invitations to State/Territory representative team/s to attend the National U20 Championship, including:
New South Wales
Southern States & Country Regions
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.