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National U16 and U19 match discussion.

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Arch Winning (36)
Just Bowen. And Teddy Wilson off the bench.

JB got man of the match but the judge overlook some unsportsmanlike conduct (x2) for a guy as experienced as him that really should rule out that sort of recognition. I hope he get that out of his game because unnecessary and make him look like the goose.
I only caught bits and pieces of the match. What happened?
 

The Ghost of Raelene

Phil Hardcastle (33)
Here's a very hot take... and I can't believe I am saying this as a former critic myself... But Tom Morrison? Could he be this age group's best fly-half? Always thought it was Bowen, but Mason looked to be slightly better than him today... But not as good as Tom Morrison. This Tah's team was chalk and cheese when Morrison is steering them around and not Bowen. They look far more dynamic, always testing the defence, and I love the way he takes on the line and is a genuine threat to run the ball. Think Bowen has the superior kicking game in general play however.
It is a hot take but I love it because it means there are a bunch of talented young play makers. I would say to this point that in the Oceania champs I thought Bowen looked better than Gordon (I know Bowen started v Fiji and Gordon Argentina & NZ)

Loved this competition for the U16s & U19s. Invaluable experience to up the standards for NSW & QLD boys against each other and for the Rebels and Force players to show their worth. I'm not ignoring the ACT with that. I think they played to the expected level with a smaller local talent pool punching way above weight.

With the growth of the NRLW I wouldn't mind seeing this being brought in for the Girls in exactly the same structure. Rugby will inevitably lose players to the NRLW and that's ok, but a comp like this would strengthen Womens club rugby and eventually the Wallaroos.
 

RedOrDead

Sydney Middleton (9)
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This is all I can find so far.
 

Slim 293

Nathan Sharpe (72)

2023 U20 Junior Wallabies Train-on Squad

Reds

Floyd Aubrey (GPS)

Charlie Wigan (UQ)

Dylan Loader (Bond University)

Harrison Usher (Bond University)

Harry McLaughlin-Phillips (Souths Rugby Club)

John Bryant (Souths Rugby Club)

Lachlan Shaw (UQ)

Max Craig (Easts Rugby Club)

Nick Baker (GPS)

Nick Bloomfield (Easts Rugby Club)

Sam Farrar (Easts Rugby Club)

Taj Annan (Easts Rugby Club)

Tim Ryan (Brothers)

Willem Johnstone (Souths Rugby Club)

Brumbies

Austin Anderson (Wests)

Massimo De Lutis (Wests)

Henry Palmer (Tuggeranong)

Klayton Thorn (Gungahlin)

Liam Bowron (Royals)

Lachlan Hooper (Tuggeranong)

Force

Marley Pearce (Wests Scarborough)

Jhy Legg (Wests Scarborough)

Ned Slack-Smith (Palmyra)

Dane Sawers (Kalamunda)

Ryan McGloin (Joondalup Brothers)

Waratahs

Jamie Clark (Sydney Uni)

Oscar Hicks (Sydney Uni)

Clem Haloholo (Sydney Uni)

Teddy Wilson (Eastern Suburbs)

Max Jorgensen (TBC)

Tom Morrison (Sydney Uni)

Jaydon Viliamu (Randwick)

Jack Bowen (Eastern Suburbs)

Archie Saunders (Warringah)

Henry O'Donnell (Sydney Uni)

Charlie Worthington (Randwick)

Jackson Ropata (Southern Districts)

Darby Lancaster (Eastern Suburbs)

Rebels

Patrick Levamai (Melbourne Harlequins/Wests Bulldogs)

Max Johnson (Wests Bulldogs)

Daniel Maeva (Wyndham Rhinos)

Antonio Masina (Melbourne Unicorns/UQ)

Leafi Talataina (Endeavour Hills)

Mason Gordon (Wests Bulldogs)

David Vaihu (Wests Bulldogs)

Lebron Naea (Endeavour Hills/Wests Bulldogs)

Divad Palu (Wyndham Rhinos)

Zac Hough (Wests Bulldogs)

 

Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
Godfrey and Scmidt probably unlucky to miss out from the Brumbies. Godfrey had a strong tournament at No 8 and second row. Schmidt was very composed at 10 and has a massive boot, but just too many other good No 10s around, I suppose - Morrison, Bowen and Mason come to mind.
 

RedOrDead

Sydney Middleton (9)
Thought Albert Alcock (hooker) from Waratahs was hard done by. Mobile hookers with good ball skills, who hit like a ton of bricks, and a threat around the breakdown. Exactly the type of player we need to develop. Also genuinely thought he was the best hooker in the comp when on the field. Think that was a mistake… not the first time we’ve seen a mistake from the rugby in Australia and certainly not the last.
 
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Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
Can't say I noticed Alcock, but very pleased to see Marley Pearce from WA in the squad. I thought he was the pick of all the hookers.
 

Prodigy

Jim Clark (26)
Thought Albert Alcock (hooker) from Waratahs was hard done by. Mobile props with good ball skills, who hit like a ton of bricks, and a threat around the breakdown. Exactly the type of player we need to develop. Also genuinely thought he was the best hooker in the comp when on the field. Think that was a mistake… not the first time we’ve seen a mistake from the rugby in Australia and certainly not the last.
Agree. His work
In the final
Was oustatnding
 

RedOrDead

Sydney Middleton (9)
Can't say I noticed Alcock, but very pleased to see Marley Pearce from WA in the squad. I thought he was the pick of all the hookers.

Don’t think his game translates to the next level. Is more successful due to his size, and will not translate to the fast game at the next level. Alcock is extremely skilled in general play, very strong scrummager, and about as mobile as you could ever want a hooker to be. He really got hard done by.
 

Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
Your opinion only ROD. I reckon he (Pearce) showed plenty of dash in his games. Are we actually missing the light on his feet, light on the scales Lachlan Lonergan type hooker at senior levels, or the big brute, belligerent but talented hooker like Malcolm Marx?
 
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