Australian squad to be tested against Japan

by staff

Australian U20’s Head Coach Adrian Thomson has backed the depth of his squad for tomorrows match against Japan, making 13 changes to the starting line up that beat Samoa 33-10.

In a proud moment for the young flyhalf, Queenslander James Dalgleish has been named captain of the side, with Andrew Kellaway starting from the bench.

The young Australians will look to continue their momentum and good from against an impressive Japanese outfit, as they prepare for their biggest test against New Zealand this Saturday.

“To be successful at any tournament you need to approach things with a squad mentality, especially with the combative nature of these matches”, said Thomson.

“The score line against New Zealand and Japan didn’t reflect the intensity of the match, we expect the Japanese will be very keen to come out firing with a significantly better performance.

“They are team who like to move the ball quickly so this is match is going to be a good test of our fitness and defence.”

In other news, Qantas Australian Sevens squad member Brad Wilkin has unfortunately suffered a hamstring injury that will prevent his further participation in the tournament, with New South Welshman, Jack McCalman being called into the side.

Wilkin will remain with the squad completing his rehabilitation with the Australian U20’s medical team.

Australia U20’s to play Japan:

1.Aaron Pleash

2.Folau Faainga

3.Fereti Saaga

4.Harrison Williams

5.Lukhan Lealaialoto-tui

6.Sam Croke

7.Olly Kamp

8.Hayden Anderson

9.Harry Nucifora

10.James Dalgleish (c)

11.Joey Fittoch

12.Jack Redden

13.Alex Newsome

14.Christian Yassmin

15.Tyson Davis


16.Connal McInerney

17.Cameron Orr

18.Tyrell Lomax

19.Riley Winter

20.Jack McCalman

21.James Tuttle

22.Andrew Deegan

23.Andrew Kellaway

The match will kick off at 3pm at Bond University on the Gold Coast and will be streamed live through, with New Zealand to play Samoa at 1pm.