Aussie U20s add experience to face New Zealand

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by Matt Lewis

BMW Australian U20s coach Adrian Thompson has named his team in a bid to even the ledger with New Zealand in their Oceania series on Saturday.

Thompson has called on Super Rugby and International experience, bringing Melbourne Rebels young gun Sione Tuipulotu into the centres and Australian Men’s Sevens representative Simon Kennewell on the wing.

Australia will be looking for a much improved effort on Saturday after going down 30-10 in their opening match on Tuesday night.

Thompson was disappointed with the team’s performance on Tuesday and has urged his side to improve around the park.

“We spoke after the game on Tuesday about lifting our standards across the whole squad after the performance we put out against New Zealand on Tuesday,” he said.

“The lads have regrouped and worked hard at training but we need to translate that to a committed match performance on Saturday night.”

This will be the final match for the players to prove themselves ahead of the selection of the World Championship side, to play in Manchester in June.

The BMW Australia U20s play New Zealand at Bond University from 4pm AEST on Saturday at Bond University Gold Coast.

The match will be LIVE streamed at


1. Faalelei Sione

2. Joshua Taylor

3. Tyrel Lomax

4. Izack Rodda

5. Ryan McCauley

6. Angus Scott-Young

7. Liam Wright

8. Maclean Jones (C)

9. Angus Fowler

10. Mack Mason

11. Joey Fittock

12. Sione Tuipulotu

13. Liam Jurd

14. Simon Kennewell

15. Jack Maddocks


16. Richie  Asiata kelemete

17. Vunipola Fifita

18. Shambeckler Vui

19. Rob Leota

20. Harley Fox

21. Moses Sorovi

22. Nick Jooste

23. Ah-mu Tuimalealiifano