U20 Rugby Championship – Australia Name Preliminary Squad


Australia U20s coach Nathan Grey has confirmed a 35-player preliminary squad ahead of the inaugural U20s Rugby Championship.

The group will assemble in Kangaroo Valley, before being cut down to 31 ahead of May's event.

Recent NSW Waratahs debutant Jack Barrett [pictured] headlines the inclusions as the squad builds towards July's U20 World Championships.

Barrett made his Super Rugby Pacific debut against the Rebels in round six, coming in as a late replacement for Wallaby Angus Bell.

The ACT Brumbies enjoy the most representation, with ten players selected from the nation's capital.

It comes after they claimed the Super Rugby 19s title with a 20-12 win over the Waratahs.

Flyhalf Cullen Gray, centre Jarrah McLeod, props Tevita Alatini and Lington Ieli and fullback Shane Wilcox are amongst several players that have featured for Brumbies Runners in 2024.

Meanwhile, Barrett is joined by Sevens development player and fellow Waratah Aden Ekanyake.

Ekanyake captained Australian Schools & U18s in the opening clash against New Zealand last year before linking up with John Manenti's wider squad for 2023-24.

They are two of nine Waratahs included in the squad, including winger Archie Saunders and flanker Austin Durbidge.

There are six Queenslanders in the squad, headlined by Reds squad member Frankie Goldsbrough, with Force flyer Rohan Leahy one of five from the west.

Rebels backrower Judiah Saumaisue has also been named, having represented Fiji at last year's U20 World Championships.

He is joined by Ottavio Tuipulotu, brother of Waratah Mosese and Scotland's Sione, alongside Divad Palu and Joey Fowler.

The Australians will open their U20 campaign against Argentina on May 2 before facing South Africa (May 7) and New Zealand (May 12)

Australia U20s preliminary TRC squad

Brumbies: Tevita Alatini, Drew Brndusic, Harvey Cordukes, Cullen Gray, Jack Harley, Lington Ieli, Jarrah McLeod, Toby Macpherson, Angus Staniforth, Shane Wilcox

Rebels: Joey Fowler, Divad Palu, Judah Saumaisue, Ottavio Tuipulotu

Force: Boston Fakafanua, Ronan Leahy, Douglas Philipson, Dane Sawers, Kauri Tipene-Grace

Reds: Ollie Barrett, Nick Bloomfield, Ben Daniels, Frankie Goldsbrough, Joe Liddy, Will McCulloch, Xavier Rubens

Waratahs: Jack Barrett, Ben Di Staso, Austin Durbridge, Bryn Edwards, Aden Ekanayake, Olli McCrea, Archie Saunders, Hwi Sharples, Nathaniel Tiitii