Australia U20s squad named for World Championships

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by Beth Newman

They’re full of confidence from a historic win over New Zealand, but Australia U20s coach Adrian Thompson says his charges needs to prepare for a new challenge as they turn to the 2016 U20s World Championships.

Australia’s U20s World Championships squad was announced on Tuesday night, with the 28-man group to leave for England on May 31.

Thompson said they would need to be ready to adapt to the English conditions and the northern hemisphere style of rugby, especially with England and Scotland in their pool.


A 25-24 win over New Zealand in the second match of their Oceania Championship series was a major morale boost but Thompson said adaptation was their next step.

“The fact we’ve had this Oceania tournament is a big improvement from what we've had in previous years,” he said.

“I think the thing is now getting the boys to understand the type of rugby we're going to play especially in the first game, against Scotland, they’ve got a heavy reliance on maul and field position obviously something the Kiwis don’t do.”

Melbourne Rebels centre Sione Tuipulotu will play in the World Champs. Photo: SportographyQueensland's James Tuttle and Campbell Magnay will be two Super Rugby players adding to the squad who didn't feature in last week's matches, with the pair tied up with Queensland Reds duties during the Oceania Championships last week.

“These guys are going to have to come in and value add, so they're going have to come in and catch up with the systems pretty quickly.

“Fortunately from the Queenslanders’ perspective, they’ll be there for at least a week before they go away.”

Thompson said in the introduction of the Super U20s competition this season had thrown some bolters into the mix.

“I think a couple of the Melbourne boys have surprised. Melbourne getting through to the final surprise at the start, like their hooker Jordan Uelese and a couple of the young Queensland boys as well."

The squad will spend two weeks at a training camp in Narrabeen, including matches against the Australian Barbarians and the NSW Country side, before heading to Manchester on May 31.

Australia U20s fixtures for the 2016 World Rugby U20s Championship:

Australia v Scotland, Pool B, 8 June (KO 2.30am AEST), AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

Australia v Italy, Pool B, 11 June (KO 10.30pm AEST), AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

Australia v England, Pool B, 16 June (KO 4.45am AEST), AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

BMW Australia U20s squad for 2016 World Rugby U20s Championship:


Faalelei Sione, (Brumbies U20s, Canberra Royals)

Tyrel Lomax (Brumbies U20s, Tuggeranong Vikings)  

Vunipola Fifita (NSW Gen Blue U20s, Randwick)

Ryan McCauley (NSW Gen Blue U20s, Eastern Suburbs)

Shambeckler Vui (Western Force U20s, University of Western Australia)

Josh Taylor (Queensland Reds U20s, Bond University)

Richie Asiata (Queensland Reds U20s, Easts Tigers)

Lukhan Tui (Queensland U20s, Brothers)

Harry Hocking (Queensland U20s, University of Queensland)

Maclean Jones (Queensland U20s, University of Queensland)

Angus Scott-Young (Queensland Reds U20s, University of Queensland)

Izack Rodda (Queensland Reds U20s, Easts Tigers)

Liam Wright (Queensland U20s, Easts Tigers)

Jordan Uelese (Melbourne Rebels U20s, Melbourne University)

Rob Leota (Melbourne Rebels U20s, Melbourne University)

Harley Fox (Melbourne Rebels U20s, Easts Tigers)


Nick Jooste (Brumbies U20s, Wests)

Jordan Jackson-Hope (Brumbies U20s, Tuggeranong Vikings

Simon Kennewell (NSW Gen Blue U20s, Randwick)

Jack Maddocks (NSW Gen Blue U20s, Eastern Suburbs)    

James Tuttle (Queensland Reds U20s, GPS)

Harry Nucifora (Queensland Reds U20s, Bond University)

Mack Mason (Queensland Reds U20s, Easts Tigers)

Izaia Perese (Queensland Reds U20s, Easts Tigers)

Campbell Magnay (Queensland Reds U20s, GPS)

Liam Jurd (Queensland Reds U20s, University of Queensland)

Joey Fittock (Queensland Reds U20s, Sunnybank)

Sione Tuipulotu (Melbourne Rebels U20s, Southern Districts)