Australian U20s full of confidence ahead of World Cup

Australian U20s coach Adrian Thompson believes Australia’s 25-24 victory over New Zealand last week has given his side the confidence they need ahead of next month’s Junior World Championships in Manchester. “I think it gives them plenty of self belief. I don’t want them to get carried away with it but it definitely gives the side the belief that they can match the best sides and it is a good reward for a lot of hard work,” Thompson told Rugby News. “I was really happy with how we closed out the game. We lost our way for about 15 minutes in that second half but then got it back together and that was really pleasing.” Following the two match series on the Gold Coast, Thompson selected his 28-man squad for the tournament earlier this week, with Super 20s champions Queensland dominating selection with 15 representatives. “There are no real major injury concerns, just a few niggles along with some guys that are still tied up with Super Rugby, so we are looking forward t
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