Top 15 of 2017: Australian Schoolboys

by Sam Phillips is counting down the top 15 stories of 2017 and today, some of the code's bright young stars take centre stage.

It's time to take a look at the year that was for the Australian Schoolboys.

13. Australian Schools beat Fiji, fall to New Zealand

The path to an Australian Schools berth started at the National Championships, where ACT played some brilliant rugby en route to their first national title in 29 years.

Both the Australian Schools and Australian Barbarians teams that were picked from that tournament sparked controversy, though, with NSW dominating the squads despite both the state's teams missing the championship final.

Despite starring throughout the tournament there were just two ACT boys named in the top squad, with star flyhalf Will Goddard and similarly sharp fullback Brendan Jimenez two of four picked in the Barbarians squad.

When it came time to tackle Fiji and New Zealand, both the Aussie Schools and the Barbarians had mixed results.

The Barbarians fell to the Kiwis in their opening clash before claiming a thrilling win against Fiji, which set the stage for the big show - the Australian Schools and New Zealand Schools blockbuster.

After beating Fiji the Kiwis had far too much firepower for the Australians, falling 34-11.