Hewat leads AUS U20 against Samoa
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Australia Under-20s side to play Samoa on Friday in the opening round of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship has been named with Reece Hewat given the captaincy duties for Australia.
Joining Hewat in the leadership group will be Angus Scott-Young and Nick Jooste, who will take up the roles of vice-captains.
In the halves, the all ACT combination of Ryan Lonergan and Jooste will guide the team around the park as Australia looks to open its Oceania Rugby U20s Championship with a victory.
Australia U20s head coach Simon Cron said: "I think we have all the basic stuff covered and I am looking forward to seeing the lads play now rather than train.
"Samoa is a great Rugby nation and they are very strong ball carriers and hard defensively. For us they will be a great challenge.
"We have tried to keep some combinations, especially at the start of our campaign for cohesiveness. We have a few combinations on the field that we are trying to maintain from a Super U20s level so that we can give them the best opportunity we can to be cohesive.
"The lads are a great bunch of boys, they're good humans. They work hard, they listen and they are coachable. We run a tight ship and they like a tight ship so we're doing everything we can to be professional."
Australia Under-20: 15 Jayden Ngamanu, 14 Dylan Riley, 13 Len Ikatau, 12 Tony Hunt, 11 James Ramm, 10 Nick Jooste, 9 Ryan Lonergan, 8 Reece Hewat (captain), 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Ryan McCauley, 4 Harry Hockings, 3 Harry Chapman, 2 Efi Maafu, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes.
Replacements: 16 Tom Horton, 17 Sama Malolo, 18 Vaauli Faaumusili, 19 Lachlan Swinton, 20 Darcy Swain, 21 Theo Strang, 22 Jack McGregor, 23 Clay Uyen.
Date: Friday, April 28
Venue: Bond University, Gold Coast
Kick-off: 19.00 (22.00 Samoan Time; 09.00 GMT)
Referee: Damon Murphy (Australia)
Assistant referees: Tevita Rokovereni (Fiji), Jordan Way (Australia)