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Preliminary Australian U20 squad for 2024 announced

By Ned Lester
Australia line up for the national anthem during the match between New Zealand U20 and the Junior Wallabies at NZCIS on May 29, 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Rugby Australia have revealed a preliminary 45-man Australia U20 squad ahead of the expanded 2024 international schedule.

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Australia will host the inaugural Under-20 Rugby Championship in May 2024, with each of the four TRC nations set to participate in the new annual age-grade tournament.

The Australian team will meet in Canberra next February for their first camp, where head coach Nathan Grey along with assistants Shannon Fraser and the recently appointed Laurie Fisher will look to build on strong recent form from the young Australian athletes. The coaches will be actively involved in the players’ development and training ahead of the international season.

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“We are excited with the talent that has emerged from this year’s Super Rugby Men’s U19 tournament, and we believe the players we have selected have the potential to make a significant impact on the international stage,” Grey said.

“Our coaching team is dedicated to providing them with the support and guidance they need to flourish and represent Australia with pride.”

The tournament will be played in May and serve as crucial preparation for the 2024 World Rugby U20 Championship in South Africa.

Earlier in 2023, the Australian U20 team split a two-match series with New Zealand on the eastern side of the Tasman, before meeting the Baby Blacks once more in the 5th Place semi-final of the 2023 U20 World Championship.

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Australia claimed victory in that match 44-35 and went on to beat Wales to finish fifth in the tournament. Grey has named a side he hopes can improve on those results in 2024.

Australia U20 Premilinary Squad for 2024

Forwards

Jack Barrett – Waratahs
Bryn Edwards – Waratahs
Jackson Stiel – Waratahs
Harvey Cordukes – Brumbies
Toby Macpherson – Brumbies
Dane Sawers – Force
Lachlan Hooper – Brumbies
Pat Sowerby – Reds
Sam Sahyoun- Brumbies
Tevita Alatini – Brumbies
Ollie McCrea – Waratahs
Charlie Brosnan – Reds
Joe Liddy – Reds
Arnie Tancred – Waratahs
Judah Saumaisue – Rebels
Macarius Pereira – Reds
Boston Morete – Brumbies
Drew Brndusic – Brumbies
Pat Gavin – Reds
Caleb Karangaroa – Force
Ben Di Staso – Waratahs
Manaia Tetana – Force
Jack Harley – Brumbies
Lington Leli – Brumbies

Backs

Dan Nelson – Brumbies
Cullen Gray – Brumbies
Lleyten Tautua – Brumbies
Divad Palu  – Rebels
Jackson Ropata – Waratahs
Archie Saunders – Waratahs
Will McCulloch – Reds
Doug Philipson – Force
Joey Fowler – Rebels
Jakob Biet – Brumbies
Jullien Caillol – Waratahs
Kauri Tipene-Grace – Force
Angus Staniforth – Brumbies
Billy Dickens – Waratahs
Will Nason – Reds
Jarrah McLeod – Brumbies
Frankie Goldsbrough – Reds
Tiam Toufan – Force
Shane Wilcox – Brumbies
Eli Sagala – Brumbies
Thomas Hayes – Brumbies

Not considered due to injury or Super Rugby Pacific commitments

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sean 1 hours ago
The bite don't match the bark

Yeah, he has a few good points… I disagree that our 7s haven't done anything, we won Bronze in 2016, and we were virtually unplayable to the backend of the “teens” winning the series. 7s is far more competitive globally than Union, so it's fair to say we haven't dominated, but we are almost always contenders. But I do agree that our national side doesn't perform nearly as well as it should between World Cups, and I do agree that our supporters can be too passionate and the opitimity of what Rugby stands against. I have said so many times. And I also believe some context needs to be taken into account with Saturday's win for Ireland. They're a really good team! Settled coaching staff, and bar a few legends retiring, they've had a full season and plenty of time together. We have some youngsters being groomed for the future, have played only 3 games now under a new coaching team with new philosophies and game plans. I'm excited by what the future of this team holds, as much as I am disappointed by the result. But unlike this article suggests, I am never going to take away from what Ireland has achieved, is achieving, and where they're heading. As a Rugby fan, I love the tight games, like the last two weekends. As a Bok Super Fan, I agree we don't perform as well as we should. And as an aside, you come play a game at 7am on our fields, bud. -2°c and frost on the field that is as hard as concrete…. Then we’ll see just how tough you are. Well done Ireland! They played well, and gave our boys a lot to think about. That's what you want from the top two teams in the world. Rugby won. The fans of this greatbsport won. A'n bullshit like this article is why Rugby is losing its identity. I don't like soccer. This article perpetuates the soccer influences the game of Rugby is starting to see. It's why Wayne Barnes retired, feared for his family, and he isn't the only ref to say so. I have called out many Bok fans for being an embarrassment to the game, and I will continue to do so. Rugbypass.com, this article is close to the same bullshit. You should be better.

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Michael 2 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

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