Victoria, South Australia reign supreme at Southern States Junior Championships

Fri, Jul 12, 2024, 7:15 AM
Lachlan Grey
by Lachlan Grey
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The Southern States Junior Championship - commonly referred to as "Southern States" - brings together the best youngsters from non-traditional and emerging Member Unions for a four-day tournament.

Congratulations to Victoria who swept the U14 boys and girls competitions on Wednesday - well done to all players and staff involved!

Thursday and Friday saw the U16s and U18s in action with Victoria dominating the U16s boys and girls divisions.

A mixed Barbarians side (NT/VIC/TAS) also went 2-0 against South Australia before the hosts claimed bragging rights in the showpiece U18 boys event, defeating Victoria 29-21 in the decider.

Click here for a full results breakdown via Rugby Xplorer.
Who took part?

Four member unions were represented across 20 teams.

Rugby Victoria (five teams), NT Rugby Union (four teams), Tasmanian Rugby Union (four teams) and hosts Rugby Union South Australia (six teams) all fielded sides with Rugby Australia also compiling a Barbarians side*.

Rugby Victoria - U14 Girls, U14 Boys, U16 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Boys

NT Rugby Union - U14 Boys, U16 Boys, U18 Boys, U16 Girls

Tasmanian Rugby Union - U14 Boys, U16 Boys, U18 Boys, U16 Girls

Rugby Union South Australia - U14 Girls, U14 Boys, U16 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Girls, U18 Boys

*Rugby Australia Barbarians - U18 Girls (combined Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory players)

SA juniors at 2023 Southern States
What's the tournament format?

Each state team will play four games across two days - three round robin fixtures before a final play-off.

Play-off positions will be determined by rank following round robin (i.e. 1 v 2 & 3 v 4)

This format applies to all divisions excluding the U14 and U18 girls.

July 9-10 sees the U14s in action with U16s and U18s to follow on July 11-12.

Click here for the full 2024 Southern States draw via Rugby Xplorer.

How can I follow the tournament?

Great question - the answer is you've got plenty of options.

First, keep an eye out right here on where we'll break down the results and tie in photos/content from the Member Unions on deck.

You can also watch the livestream direct - just click here.

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