Wallabies U20 without big guns for Oceania
SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Australia head coach Simon Cron has selected a squad of 29 that will face Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand with one eye on the World Rugby U20s Championship in Georgia this June.
Australia will be looking to win the Championship for the first time, having competed in the tournament since 2015.
In 2016, Australia U20 defeated New Zealand in a thrilling match to level the series at 1-1, the first-time Australia had defeated New Zealand at U20 level.
However this time their head into the tournament missing some key players due to Super Rugby and Australia Sevens commitments include Sham Vui (Western Force), Jordan Uelese (Melbourne Rebels), Esei Haangana (Melbourne Rebels), Izaia Perese (Queensland Reds), Sione Tuipulotu (Melbourne Rebels), Liam McNamara (Sevens), Henry Hutchison (Sevens), Simon Kennewell (Sevens) and Lachlan Anderson (Sevens).
Australia will be looking to win the Championship for the first time, having competed in the tournament since 2015. In 2016, Australia U20s defeated New Zealand in a thrilling match to level the series at 1-1; the first time Australia had defeated New Zealand at U20s level.
Australia U20s head coach, Simon Cron said: "We had a very short National Camp last week and have coached some of the basic areas we need to do well to be successful. As a squad, we had a chance to work on some cohesiveness in our ball skills and talk about key fundamentals around which we will base our attack and defensive systems,"
"We’ll head into camp on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, April 25 and we need to continue on from where we left off. We have to keep building on the boys' rugby brains as well as the tactical and technical coaching,"
"There are some great boys in the group and I am looking forward to working with them more in detail over the coming weeks,"
*The Australian Squad is subject to change depending on Super Rugby requirements leading into the tournament.
Australia Under-20 squad:
Forwards: Harry Johnson-Holmes, Harry Chapman, Vaauli Faamausili, Dan Matthew, Tom Horton, Efi Maafu, Sama Malolo, Harry Hockings, Angus Blyth, Ryan McCauley, Darcy Swain, Lachlan Swinton, Angus Scott-Young, Reece Hewat, Liam Wright, Angus Allen.
Backs: Harry Nucifora, Ryan Lonergan, Theo Strang, Hamish Stewart, Jack McGregor, Tony Hunt, Nick Jooste, Dylan Riley, Len Ikitau, James Ramm, Jayden Ngamanu, Semisi Tupou, Jack Maddocks.