The under 20’s begin their campaign in this year’s IRB under 20 World Cup tomorrow night playing Canada in Fukuoka, Japan.
The Australian team is choca-block full of players with regular Super 14 experience and it is with high hopes they would go into this year’s tournament, mind you, we all thought the same thing last year which turned into an unmitigated disaster.
Of particular interest is the selection of Matt Toomua ahead of Kurtley Beale at fly half with Kurtley named as the starting fullback.
For Tah freaks, there is plenty to cheer about with Rob Horne being named at outside centre and Damian Fitzpatrick to lead the team.
No doubt this team looks like a strong one, and should things go to plan, the business end of the tournament will involve games against Nu Zuland in the semi final and then under 20 Six Nations champs, France, in the final.
The team is coached by David Nucifora.
15 Kurtley Beale (Tahs)
14 Rod Davies (Reds)
13 Robert Horne (Tahs)
12 Ben Tapui (Reds)
11 Afusipa Taumoepeau (Brumbies)
10 Matt Toomua (Brumbies)
9 Richard Kingi (Reds)
8 Jake Schatz (Reds Academy)
7 Sam Latinipulu (Tahs Academy)
6 Andrew Shaw (Reds)
5 Robert Simmons (Reds)
4 Kane Douglas (Tahs Academy)
3 James Slipper (Reds Academy)
2 Damian Fitzpatrick © (Tahs)
1 Albert Anae. (Reds Academy)
16 Nathan Charles (Brumbies Academy)
17 Kesomi Lolotonga (Brumbies Academy)
18 David McDuling (Tahs Academy)
19 Tom Murday (Force Academy)
20 Nick White (Brumbies Academy)
21 Robbie Coleman (Brumbies Academy)
22 Dane Haylett-Petty (Force)