Aussie 7s stars add speed to AUS U20
SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Australia Under-20 Head Coach Simon Cron has included a string of Australia Sevens stars and Super Rugby players in the squad for the World Championship in Georgia in June.
The sevens players joining the travelling squad are Simon Kennewell, Liam McNamara, Henry Hutchison and Lachie Anderson, who will be adding some extra speed and ability in the backs for the young men in gold.
Joining from Super Rugby will be Izaia Perese who has been in stellar form for the Queensland Reds alongside fellow Queenslander, Hamish Stewart. Sione Tuipulotu, Jack Maddocks, Jordan Uelese and Harrison Goddard will join the side from the Melbourne Rebels. Sham Vui from the Western Force and Rob Valentini from the Brumbies rounds out the Super Rugby contingent.
Australia will face off against Wales, Samoa and England in Pool A of the tournament.
Australia U20 coach, Simon Cron said: "We have a number of our players involved in Super Rugby this season and we are looking forward to getting those players involved as soon as possible.
"The Australian Sevens contingent still have a final two tournaments so those players will join us in Georgia. They will all have high aerobic and anaerobic capacities which is essential during a world cup campaign.
"Our performances against New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji highlighted a number of key areas we need to work on in our sessions. Some rugby brains, in regards to game management, is a key, as well as the execution of catch and pass skills while running so these will be high on our priority list,"
The squad will come together at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on Wednesday May 10 for a final camp before Australia heads to Tbilisi, Georgia for the tournament.
To increase playing depth and have players prepared if called on for injury cover there will be a number of extended squad members who will attend the preparation camp in Canberra in continuing their development as an Australian U20 player. These players include; Harry Chapman, Vaauli Faamausili, Angus Allan, Theo Strang, Alex Horan, Isaac Lucas, Tony Hunt, Will Eadie, James Ramm and Jayden Ngamanu.
Australia Under-20 squad: Cody Walker, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Shambecklar Vui, Gavin Luka, Jordan Uelese, Efi Maafu, Sama Malolo, Ryan McCauley, Harry Hockings, Angus Blyth, Angus, Scott-Young, Liam Wright, Reece Hewat, Lachlan Anderson, Rob Valetini, Lachlan Swinton, Harry Nucifora, Harrison Goddard, Hamish Stewart, Liam McNamara, Sione Tuipulotu, Nick Jooste, Izaia Perese, Jack Maddocks, Semisi Tupou, Dylan Riley, Henry Hutchison, Simon Kennewell.