2017 Australian U16s Merit Team announced following National Championships

An Australian U16s Merit Team has been announced following the inaugural U16s National Championships that were held earlier this year in Queensland.

Two sides from QLD and NSW and sides from ACT, Victoria, WA and Fiji contested the week long tournament in late September, with QLD Red defeating NSW I 21-12 in the final.


QLD and NSW players dominated selection in the merit team, with 12 and 9 players picked respectively, while ACT and WA both had one player each selected.

Australian U16s Merit Team:

Number Name Team
1 Nick Jones New South Wales 1
2 Sam Finocharrio Queensland Red
3 Bradley Kuhn Queensland Red
4 Tom Hooper New South Wales 1
5 Zephaniah Tuinona Queensland Red
6 Lance Bagon Queensland Red
7 William Roach Queensland Red
8 Joe Brial New South Wales 1
9 Lachlan Albert New South Wales 1
10 Carter Gordon Queensland Red
11 Tolutai Koula New South Wales 1
12 John Connolly New South Wales 1
13 Reesjan Pasitoa Queensland Red
14 Lachlan Tenison-Woods Queensland Red
15 Dion Samuela Queensland Red
16 Blake Males New South Wales 1
17 Harry Vella Queensland Red
18 Turirangi Dylan Saunders New South Wales 1
19 Jack Gallagher Queensland White
20 Harrison Newby ACT
21 William Kirk Queensland Red
22 Mason Hill Western Australia
23 Daniel Ala New South Wales 1