Australian U20’s Head Coach, Adrian Thompson was happy with the progression of his young charges in camp.
“The squad has already gelled together really well and we are looking forward to our first match against Samoa.
“The team we’ve picked has a lot of developing experience with Andrew Deegan to be our starting flyhalf after a successful tournament at the National U20’s Championship.
“We expect a tough physical battle up front from the Samoans and our forwards will need to be ready for that challenge.”
The Australian U20’s side will play Samoa at Bond University on the Gold Coast with kick off at 3pm.
In the first match of the Oceania Rugby Junior Championship Japan will challenge New Zealand with the match to kick off at Bond University at 1pm.
The matches will also be streamed through rugby.com.au.
Australian U20’s team to play Samoa:
2. Connal McInerney
3. Tyrell Lomax
4. Ned Hannigan
5. Riley Winter
6. Brad Wilkin (vc)
7. Michael Gunn
8. Lolo Fakaosilea
9. James Tuttle
10. Andrew Deegan
11. Jack Redden
12. Duncan Paia’aua
13. Andrew Kellaway (c)
14. Christian Yassmin
15. Alex Newsome
17. Aaron Pleash
19. Lukhan Lealaiauloto-Tui
20. Olly Kamp
21. Harry Nucifora
22. James Dalgleish
23. Tyson Davis
With injuries impacting the side heading into the tournament there has been some changes to the original squad with Harry Jones and Campbell Magnay succumbing to injury through Club Rugby.
Melbourne Rebels flyer Jonah Placid is currently unavailable due to a groin strain.
Australian U20’s Updated Squad:
|Aaron||Pleash||University of QLD||QLD|
|Adam||Korczyk||University of QLD||QLD|
|James||Dalgleish||University of QLD||QLD|