Reds duo out of U20s World Championship

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by Beth Newman in Japan

Reds duo Harry Hockings and Jordan Petaia won't be heading to the U20s World Champs, with Queensland keeping them for Super Rugby.

Hockings and Petaia will join Hamish Stewart as Reds players unavailable for the World Championships, with Brad Thorn considering them required Super Rugby players for the tournament's duration.

Petaia has burst onto the Super Rugby scene this year, becoming the youngest Queensland Super Rugby debutant ever earlier this season, while Hockings has impressed in his outings for Queensland.

Harry Hockings is back for a second year in U20s. Photo: Getty ImagesRugby AU high performance manager Ben Whitaker said the potential withdrawal of the pair had been discussed by Australia and Queensland.

“We’ve been in constant dialogue with the Queensland Reds about the availability of Harry and Jordan for the Junior Wallabies and have come to the agreement that it is in the best interests of both players to remain with the Reds at this time," he said.

“The overlap of Vodafone Super Rugby and the World Rugby U20s Championship forces us to consider the requirements of our Super Rugby teams as well as the importance of the World Rugby U20s Championship and we believe we have made a balanced judgement in this case.”

NSW's James Ramm and Queensland's Michael Wood have come into camp with the team, as they prepare to leave on Sunday for the tournament in the south of France.

FIXTURES

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 vs New Zealand