21 Mar Junior Wallabies Oceania Rugby U20s fixtures confirmed
The Junior Wallabies will play Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in April and May, in the fourth year of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship at Bond University on the Gold Coast in 2018.
With six Brumbies youngsters in the squad, including Plus500 Brumbies squad members Ryan Lonergan and Mack Hansen, Brumbies fans will be keeping an eye out for the future stars.
Australia will take on the flying Fijians in the first match, then will play tournament newcomers, Tonga, with the final match to be against arch rivals New Zealand on Saturday 5 May.
The tournament, imitates the structure of the World Rugby U20s Championship with a five-day gap between each game.
The Junior Wallabies will go into the tournament with three camps under their belt since the end of 2017, with the most recent camp taking place earlier this month.
Junior Wallabies Head Coach Jason Gilmore said: Junior Wallabies Head Coach Jason Gilmore said: “We’ve just come off a camp and I am pleased with the progress the whole squad is making and the culture we are building.
“The Oceania Rugby U20s Championship presents us with three tough games with the same turnaround time that we can expect at the World Championships in June.
“I know the squad is looking forward to getting out onto the field and playing some matches, so we are looking forward to the start of the tournament.”
Head of National XVs programs, Rugby Australia Adrian Thompson said: “The Oceania Rugby U20s Championship has become an important part of the calendar as we prepare the Junior Wallabies for the rigors of the World Rugby U20s Championship.
“Taking on Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand will expose the Junior Wallabies to three very different styles of Rugby and will provide some great challenges for our players.
“Oceania Rugby’s commitment to developing Rugby in the region is shown by their investment in this competition and by continuing this commitment to playing it on Australian soil. The Junior Wallabies relish playing at home and we look forward to the big U20s season ahead.”
2018 Oceania Rugby U20s Championship Fixtures:
Round 1, Friday 27 April
New Zealand v Tonga, 5.00pm AEST
Australia v Fiji, 7.00pm AEST
Round 2, Tuesday 1 May
New Zealand v Fiji, 3.00pm AEST
Australia v Tonga, 5.00pm AEST
Round 3, Saturday 5 May
Tonga v Fiji, 5.00pm AEST
Australia v New Zealand, 7.00pm AEST
All matches will be played at Bond University, Gold Coast Rugby Fields.