Junior Wallabies to face New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga

World Rugby U20s Championship
by Sam Phillips

The Junior Wallabies will face New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in April and May, with Bond University set to host the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship.

The tournament will mimic the structure of the World Rugby U20s Championship to be held in France in May and June, with a five day gap between each game.

The Australians will face Fiji in their tournament opener on Friday, April 27, with clashes against Tonga and New Zealand to follow on Tuesday, May 1 and Saturday, May 5, respectively.The Oceania tournament will be Jason Gilmore's last chance to fine tune his squad. Photo: QRU Media/Brendan HertelThe tournament will be coach Jason Gilmore's final chance to test his troops ahead of the World U20s.

"The Oceania Rugby U20s Championship presents us with three tough games with the same turnaround time that we can expect at the World Championships in June," Gilmore said.

"I know the squad is looking forward to getting out onto the field and playing some matches, so we are looking forward to the start of the tournament."


Oceania Rugby U20s Championship fixtures

All matches to be played at Bond University.

Round 1 - Friday, April 27

 New Zealand v Tonga, 5.00pm AEST

Australia v Fiji, 7.00pm AEST

Round 2 - Tuesday, May 1

New Zealand v Fiji, 3.00pm AEST

Australia v Tonga, 5.00pm AEST

Round 3 - Saturday, May 5

 Tonga v Fiji, 5.00pm AEST

 Australia v New Zealand, 7.00pm AEST