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The Junior Wallabies extended squad has descended on Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast today for the squad’s third preparation camp ahead of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship next month.
The Squad of over 40 players, featuring 15 Queenslanders, continue Australia’s preparation ahead of the Championship as well as the World Rugby U20s Championship to be held in France this June.
The Junior Wallabies will be bolstered by players returning from Super Rugby clubs including Tate McDermott, Harry Hockings, Angus Blyth and Harry Hoopert from the Queensland Reds.
The camp comes as the Six Nations U20s continues to rage in Europe and the UK with Australia’s Pool challengers for the World Rugby U20s Championship, Wales currently sitting in fourth place following a shock loss to Italy, 18-7.
Australia will also play New Zealand and Japan in Pool A.
Queensland based Junior Wallabies Head Coach, Jason Gilmore said: “Both players and the coaching staff are looking forward to continuing our preparation for our 2018 campaign.
“We have really started to develop our systems and patterns and we’re looking forward to giving more detail to the lads to enhance our preparation.
“We have a talented young group of players and we’re enjoying the hard work as we get ready for the Oceania Rugby and World Rugby U20s Championships.”
The Junior Wallabies will be in camp at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast until March 16.
2018 Junior Wallabies extended Squad
Charlie Hancock, ACT, Prop
Tom Ross, ACT, Prop
Darcy Breen, NSW, Prop
Patrick Tafa, NSW, Backrow
George Francis, NSW, Prop
Ben Grant, NSW, Lock
Josh Kemeny, NSW, Backrow
Sama Malolo, VIC, hooker
Hugh Margin, NSW, Lock
Rory Sutor, NSW, Backrow
Ben Grant, NSW, Lock
Angus Blyth, QLD, Lock - Bond University
Matt Faessler, QLD, Hooker - Brothers
Lloyd Gorman, QLD, Prop - Sunnybank
Harry Hockings, QLD, Lock - University of Queensland (On tour with the Reds in Argentina)
Harry Hoopert, QLD, Prop - Brothers
Tom Kibble, QLD, Backrow - GPS
Efi Ma'afu, QLD, Hooker - Wests
Tipane Mavoa, QLD, Backrow - Bond University
Josh Nasser, QLD, Prop - University of Queensland
Laurence Tominiko, QLD, Prop - Sunnybank
Esei Ha'angana, VIC, Backrow
Trevor Hosea, VIC, Lock
Carlo Tizzano, WA, Flanker
Lawson Creighton, QLD, Fullback - Brothers
Mack Hansen, ACT, Fullback
Len Ikitau, ACT, Centre
Isiah Latu, ACT, Centre
Ryan Lonergan, ACT, Scrumhalf
Tom Osborne, NSW, Fullback
Tom Fuller, NSW, Centre
Will Harrison, NSW, Flyhalf
Yirribi Jaffer-Williams, NSW, Wing
Bayley Kuenzle, NSW, Flyhalf
Jordan Morris, NSW, Centre
James Ramm, NSW, Wing
Nick Wilkinson, NSW, Centre
Hayden Sargeant, QLD, Wing - Bond University
Isaac Lucas, QLD, flyhalf - Sunnybank
Tate McDermott, QLD, Scrumhalf - University of Queensland (On tour with the Reds in Argentina)
Jordan Petaia, QLD, Centre - Wests
Harrison Goddard, VIC, Scrumhalf
Semisi Tupou, VIC, Fullback
21 JANUARY 2019