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Under-20 Competitions including Oceania & World U20s


Will Genia (78)
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Joey Walton is turning 20 this year

So that is completely wrong?


If he played Australian schoolboys in 2018 it would fit that he turned 18 in that year (at the oldest), 19 in 2019 and then would be eligible for the under 20s in 2020 as he was still 19 on 1 January 2020.

Wikipedia listing him as being born 27 May 2000 which makes sense. The Rugby Australia profile is off by a year.


Will Genia (78)
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Sorry wouldn't that be right? Turning 20 this year also make him eligible

Yes. The cut off is that you have to be 19 at the start of the year (i.e. birth date of 1 January 2000 or later).

The RA profile had his birthdate as 27 May 1999 which would mean he turned 20 in 2019 making him ineligible.

It seems his birthdate is actually 27 May 2000 which makes him 19 at the start of this year and eligible again.

Bobby Sands

Gilmore may look to use Kibble at 6 , think Tizzano if fit will get first crack at 7 , he was McReight’s back up last year and played well when he got some game time.

The #8 from last year , Sydney lad , who’s name escapes me , I think is still eligible. He was one of the four non schoolboys added to the 2018 UK tour .

All up makes for a very good back row.

Will Harris, he's actually a QLD lad from up north.

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Stirling Mortlock (74)
Pools & draw for U20 RWC are out:




Bobby Sands

Will Harris finished school in Sydney so presumably his family moved here.

I think he’s been in Sydney since he was nine :)

Harry Wilson is fine guys, we will manage. Ironically he is originally from Gunnedah - fair trade.
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Will Genia (78)
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I think he’s been in Sydney since he was nine :)

Harry Wilson is fine guys, we will manage. Ironically he is originally from Gunnedah - fair trade.

Given there are two Harry Wilsons (NSW has one in the under 20s now), a Will Harris and a Will Harrison, it seems like future talent scouting should seek out anyone similarly named and give them a contract.


Jim Lenehan (48)
Isaac Kailea and Mosese Tuipulotu from the Rebels will be interesting if they get a chance to join the extended u20s squad once the trials finish.

Bobby Sands

Alex Masibaka from Perth has huge wraps on him.

I think this team will be very good again.

Kalani, Samuela, Connolly, Reimer, Vella, Bockenham etc are all blokes who excelled in the schoolboys.

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Desmond Connor (43)
From last year's squad, the following players look like they are still eligible:

Angus Bell
Will Harris
Mark Nawaqanitawase
Kye Oates
Carlo Tizzano

A few players who just missed out last year who are still eligible include:

Tom Kibble
Byron Ralston
Max Douglas
Bell, Nawaqanitawase and Tizzano stand outs on the weekend.


Darby Loudon (17)
Wales have named their squad for the upcoming U20 Six Nations. There will likely be changes between now and the 2020 World Rugby U20s Championship (e.g. injury, form, players not selected for the U20 Six Nations due to senior rugby opportunities), but I thought it might be interesting to run an eye over our Pool B opponents.

In 2019, Wales finished sixth at the World Rugby U20s Championship, with victories over hosts Argentina, Fiji and, most notably, New Zealand (despite only spending 26 seconds in the opposition 22), before losing to England in the play-off for fifth place. Ultimately, an unreliable set-piece often found them starved of ball and forced to rely on their defence – resulting in a team that averaged more than 32 missed tackles a game.

The 2020 Wales U20 Six Nations squad (as below) includes eight players from the 2019 World Rugby U20s Championship campaign.

Theo Bevacqua (Cardiff Blues) – 1.83m, 111kg​
Ben Warren (Cardiff Blues) – 1.83m, 118kg – returning from 2019​
Callum Williams (Scarlets) – 1.75m, 106kg​
Archie Griffin (Bath) – 1.88m, 118kg​
Harri O Connor (Scarlets) – 1.80m, 115kg​
Dylan Bartlett (Dragons) – 1.96m, 120kg​

Dom Booth (Scarlets) – 1.75m, 110kg​
Will Griffiths (Dragons) – 1.75m, 101kg – returning from 2019​
Brodie Coghlan (Dragons) – 1.83m, 102kg​

James Fender (Ospreys) – 2.01m, 115kg​
Rhys Thomas (Ospreys) – 1.93m, 112kg​
Ben Carter (Dragons) – 1.98m, 117kg​
Jac Price (Scarlets) – 2.01, 118kg – returning from 2019​

Back Row:
Travis Huntley (Ospreys) – 1.88m, 112kg​
Morgan Strong (Ospreys) – 1.85m, 105kg​
Gwilym Bradley (Cardiff Blues) – 1.88m, 98kg​
Ioan Rhys Davies (Cardiff Blues) – 1.88m, 103kg – returning from 2019​
Jac Morgan (Scarlets) – 1.80m, 102kg – returning from 2019​
Benji Hoppe (Dragons) – 1.93m, 99kg​

Ellis Bevan (Cardiff Met) – 1.80m, 92kg​
Dafydd Buckland (Dragons) – 1.75m, 74kg – returning from 2019​

Sam Costelow (Leicester Tigers) – 1.75m, 83kg – returning from 2019​
Luke Scully (Worcester) – 1.80m, 90kg​
Jacob Beetham (Cardiff Blues) – 1.85m, 87kg​
Ioan Lloyd (Bristol) – 1.83m, 83kg​

Bradley Roderick (Ospreys) – 1.80m, 95kg​
Aneurin Owen (Dragons) – 1.83m, 96kg – returning from 2019​
Osian Knott (Scarlets) – 1.88m, 103kg​

Wing / Full-back:
Dan John (Millfield School) – n/a, n/a​
Josh Thomas (Ospreys) – 1.78m, 82kg​
Ewan Rosser (Dragons) – 1.78m, 85kg​
Callum Williams (Scarlets) – 1.75m, 90kg​
Harri Doel (Scarlets) – 1.78m, 86kg​


Darby Loudon (17)
Notwithstanding the danger in trying to extrapolate careers from U20s form / selection, for a little context, here are a few of the Welsh lads tipped as players to watch:

Theo Bevacqua – the loosehead prop is highly rated by Gethin Jenkins, and recently signed with Cardiff from the Harlequins Academy (despite offers to continue his career in the English Premiership). Has played for Wales at U18 and U19 level.

Back Row:
Morgan Strong – a great name for a budding No. 8, Strong is often described as “mature beyond his years”. Is on a development contract with the Ospreys while gaining experience in the Welsh Premiership.

Jac Morgan – named captain of the 2020 Six Nations U20 squad, Morgan has taken his opportunities with the Scarlets this season following an outstanding 2019 World Rugby U20s Championship (where he operated at No. 8). Morgan can play across the back row but will probably settle at openside at the professional level.

Sam Costelow – highly rated by Leicester Tigers, helping steer the academy side to two Premiership Academy titles before being elevated to the development squad for the 2019/20 season.

Ioan Lloyd – the fly-half has transitioned to senior rugby with Bristol Bears and is at short odds for a senior Wales cap in the future. Notwithstanding all that, Lloyd may find himself employed at full-back in order to squeeze Sam Costelow, Aneurin Owen, and Lloyd into the same XV (at 10, 12, and 15 respectively).

Bradley Roderick – a former Wales U18s captain, Roderick has already played senior rugby at Welsh Premiership level. He has speed and power, allied to an ability to offload. Roderick has previously formed half of a well-balanced centre-pairing with Aneurin Owen at U19 level.

Aneurin Owen – playing at fly-half until he was 16, it is Owen’s skill that marks him out. His creativity and distribution is likely to benefit those outside him, while he also has an accurate boot. Sadly, his 2019 World Rugby U20s Championship was over before it really began when he suffered a nasty head injury in the second minute of Wales’ opening game.

Wing / Full-back:
Dan John (Millfield School) – n/a, n/a – is selected out of school, and displayed class at Wales U19 level igniting a number of attacks with his footwork and acceleration, and possesses a handy left boot. The 2020 World Rugby U20s Championship is probably too early for John, but the 2020 U20s Six Nations should give us a few glimpses. Is the son of former Wales scrum-half Paul John.

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Alex Ross (28)
Just saw the 52 man squad announced for the Junior All Blacks today and notable Australian Rep players who went to NZ to play rugby, Campbell Parata and Bailey Tau Tau have not been included. Wondering if they are injured or will we see a double repeat of Nick Frost and they return to take positions in the Junior Wallabies.