Reds speedster and sevens stars in Aussie U20s

World Rugby U20s Championship
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by Beth Newman

The Australia U20s have called in their heavyweights for June's World Championship, with Super Rugby and Sevens inclusions alike.

Reds speedster Izaia Perese and Aussie Sevens star Henry Hutchison headline the inclusions in the 28-man squad to compete in Georgia from May 31.

Hutchison's Sevens teammate Simon Kennewell is also in the squad, after an impressive showing in last year's tournament.

The lineup includes six capped Super Rugby players, with Shambeckler Vui, Jordan Uelese, Rob Valetini, Hamish Stewart, Jack Maddocks, Sione Tuipulotu and Perese named.

While many of those won't be available until the tournament lead-up truly begins, the wider Australia U20s squad will travel to Canberra on Wednesday for a camp at the AIS, with Harry Chapman, Vaauli Faamausili, Angus Allan, Theo Strang, Alex Horan, Isaac Lucas, Tony Hunt, Will Eadie, James Ramm and Jayden Ngamanu all drafted in for that.

U20s coach Simon Cron said the preparation for Georgia would focus on the basic mental and physical skills they need to work on, after a mixed Oceania U20s tournament.

“The Australian Sevens contingent still have a final two tournaments so those players will join us in Georgia. They will all have high aerobic and anaerobic capacities which is essential during a world cup campaign," he said.

“Our performances against New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji highlighted a number of key areas we need to work on in our sessions.

"Some rugby brains, in regards to game management, is a key, as well as the execution of catch and pass skills while running so these will be high on our priority list.” 

Australia takes on Wales, Samoa and England in its pool matches in Georgia.


Australia U20s to compete in World Championships

Cody Walker, NSW Gen Blue U20s

Harry Johnson-Holmes, NSW Gen Blue U20s

Shambeckler Vui, Western Force

Gavin Luka, Queensland U20s

Jordan Uelese, Melbourne Rebels 

Efi Maafu, Queensland U20s, Wests

Sama Malolo, Western Force U20s

Ryan McCauley, NSW Gen Blue U20s

Harry Hockings, Queensland U20s,

Angus Blyth, Queensland U20s

Angus Scott-Young, Queensland U20s

Liam Wright, Queensland U20s

Reece Hewat, Queensland U20s

Lachlan Anderson, Australian Sevens

Rob Valetini, Brumbies,

Lachlan Swinton, NSW Gen Blue U20s

Harry Nucifora, Queensland U20s

Harrison Goddard, Melbourne Rebels U20s 

Hamish Stewart , Queensland Reds

Liam McNamara, Australian Sevens

Sione Tuipulotu, Melbourne Rebels U20s

Nick Jooste, Brumbies U20s   

Izaia Perese, Queensland Reds

Jack Maddocks, Melbourne Rebels

Semisi Tupou, Melbourne Rebels U20s

Dylan Riley, Queensland U20s 

Henry Hutchison, Australian Sevens

Simon Kennewell, Australian Sevens