For club & country: Childhood mates from Orange reunite for Junior Wallabies crunch match

Two childhood mates from the Orange Emus Rugby Club in Central West NSW will line up alongside one another for the Junior Wallabies on Sunday with a chance to win the inaugural U20s Rugby Championship.

Scrumhalf Doug Phillipson and fullback Angus Staniforth have both been named in the Australian U20s starting XV to play New Zealand in what both describe as a dream come true.

“Gussy and I played all our junior rugby together at Emus and for Central West and then at Kinross before we moved to different schools, so to be back together a bit further down the road, it’s pretty cool,” Phillipson told Rugby News.

Phillipson started for the Junior Wallabies in his side’s opening round loss to Argentina, while Staniforth, a nephew of former Wallaby Scott, earned his starting debut in an impressive 24-19 win over South Africa on Tuesday.

"It was really exciting to get an opportunity,” Staniforth said.

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