Future of Australian Schoolboys tours of UK announced

The 2017 Australian Schoolboys tour of the UK has been postponed until 2018, however the future of the tour has been confirmed.

From next year, a slightly shorter tour will occur every second year with the Australian side set to visit two home nations and play five games.

“There will be five games, two as “mid week” preparatory games, followed by a Test in the first country, most likely Ireland next year,” Australian Schools Rugby president Br Bob Wallace told Rugby News.

“These will be followed by one “mid week” game and then a Test in the second country, which for 2018 will most probably be Scotland.”


“Then Wales and England will be visited in two years after that in 2020.”

Australian Schoolboys sides have toured the UK every four years since 1973. Recently, these tours have included 8-9 games however in the past tours lasted two and a half months and included 16 matches.

“These tours have been the source of many representative rugby players, including more Wallabies from these tours than from non-tour years,” Br Wallace added.

The 2017 Australian Schools and Australian Schools Barbarians sides will be announced in July ahead of matches against NZ and Fiji Schools.