Australian U20s team announced for first Test of 2018

Australian U20s coach Jason Gilmore has named a strong side to play Fiji in the opening match of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship on the Gold Coast on Friday night.

The side is made up of 10 players from QLD, eight players from NSW, four players from ACT and two players from Victoria.


Australia will take on Fiji U20s in the first of three matches as it looks to win its first Oceania Rugby U20s Championship title.

“Fiji will present a strong challenge first up for us and we know that they can attack from anywhere,” Australian coach Jason Gilmore said.

“The team has prepared well for this tournament and there is excitement to start our 2018 season on the Gold Coast.

“Ryan Lonergan will lead the team out as Captain, he’s an excellent Rugby player both physically and mentally and he will lead us well throughout the Oceania campaign.”

All matches from the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship will be broadcast LIVE on RUGBY.com.au.

Junior Wallabies team to play Fiji U20s 

1. George Francis, Eastwood
2. Efi Maafu, Wests Bulldogs
3. Tom Ross, Gungahlin
4. Trevor Hosea, Harlequins
5. Angus Blyth, Bond University
6. Esei Haangana (vc), Melbourne Unicorns
7. Fraser McReight, Brothers
8. Patrick Tafa, Norths (Sydney)
9. Ryan Lonergan (c), Vikings
10. Lawson Creighton, Brothers
11. Matt McTaggart, Easts
12. Isaac Lucas, Sunnybank
13. Len Ikitau, Vikings
14. James Ramm, Randwick
15. Mack Hansen, Gungahlin

Reserves 

16. Matt Faessler, Brothers
17. Charlie Hancock, Sydney University
18. Josh Nasser, University of Queensland
19. Hugh Margin, Gordon
20. Tom Kibble, GPS
21. Tate McDermott, University of Queensland
22. Tony Hunt, Norths (Brisbane)
23. Tom Fuller, Randwick