Junior Wallabies to leave Stewart in Super Rugby

World Rugby U20s Championship
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by Beth Newman

Rising Reds playmaker Hamish Stewart won't be part of the Junior Wallabies' World Championship squad, named on Tuesday morning.

Stewart has been a regular in the Reds' matchday 23 this season and the Reds and Rugby Australia have opted to keep him in Super Rugby during the tournament.

The 20-year-old was part of the team in 2017, before making his Super Rugby debut late in the season.

Though he won't be part of the squad, there are a handful of players with Super Rugby experience in the 28-man squad, incuding fellow Reds Harry Hockings, Harry Hoopert and Jordan Petaia.

Harry Hockings is back for a second year in U20s. Photo: Getty ImagesFellow Queenslander Lawson Creighton was the first-choice 10 in the recent Oceania U20s Championship, with NSW's Bayley Kuenzle another option in the playmaking spot.

Australia has had a disappointing recent history at the World Championships, and will have a tough pool in France this year as well, playing against New Zealand, Wales and Japan in their preliminary stages.

Junior Wallabies coach Jason Gilmore said the team had taken plenty out of the recent Oceania competition, where they lost to New Zealand in the title decider.

"We took a lot of learnings out of the match against New Zealand and we will be implementing those improvements in our next camp ahead of our departure," he said.

“We have a tough Pool with Wales, Japan and New Zealand who all offer three different styles of Rugby and we will need to be ready for the three challenges.

“The hard work steps up now for this squad after Oceania and the players and staff are looking forward to getting back into camp.”

The Junior Wallabies will convene at a camp in Canberra on May 17, before heading over to France for the World Championships, which kick off on Thursday May 31.


Junior Wallabies squad for World U20s Championships


Angus Blyth, Bond University

Matt Faessler, Brothers  

George Francis, Eastwood

Esei Ha'angana, Melbourne Unicorns

Harry Hockings, University of Queensland

Josh Kemeny, Sydney University

Harry Hoopert, Brothers

Trevor Hosea, Harlequins

Efi Ma’afu, Wests

Sama Malolo, Endeavour Hills

Fraser McReight, Brothers

Josh Nasser, University of Queensland

Tom Ross, Gungahlin

Rory Suttor, Sydney University

Patrick Tafa, Norths (Sydney),

Rob Valetini, Wests


Lawson Creighton, Brothers

Mack Hansen, Gungahlin   

Tony Hunt, Norths (Brisbane)

Len Ikitau, Vikings

Bayley Kuenzle, Southern Districts

Isiah Latu, Queanbeyan

Ryan Lonergan, Vikings

Isaac Lucas, Sunnybank

Tate McDermott, University of Queensland

Matt McTaggert, Easts

Jordan Petaia, Wests

Semisi Tupou, Box Hill


World Rugby U20s Championship

All times AEST

Thursday May 31

5am - Australia vs Wales

Sunday June 3

10pm - Australia vs Japan

Friday June 8

5am - Australia v New Zealand, 5am