SIx changes to Aus U20 for Fiji battle

Mon, 01 May 2017 11:05
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Australia Under-20 side to play Fiji in round two of the Oceania Rugby U20 Championship has been named with head coach Simon Cron making six changes to the starting side.

Australia will play Fiji on Tuesday and will look to make it back-to-back wins after accounting for Samoa 43-20 last Friday.

Cron has opted to make changes as he looks to continue to grow and develop the squad as the side continues its preparation for the World Rugby U20s Championship in Georgia in June.

Queensland U20 scrumhalf, Harry Nucifora comes into the side, partnering with Nick Jooste who has retained the flyhalf position as a brand-new lock combination is tested through Lachlan Swinton and Darcy Swain.

In the back row, Angus Allen from the Brumbies U20 comes in for Liam Wright who moves to the bench. Dylan Riley moves from wing to centre with Semisi Tupou getting his opportunity at fullback.

Australia U20 coach Cron said: "We talked after our match against Samoa and thought we blew a number of opportunities through not executing our basic skills.

"As a squad, we need to continue to up-skill in regards to skill execution and attacking knowledge. Our defensive shapes were taking form against Samoa, but again we can improve our contact zone,"

"We’ve had a good few days on the paddock and I am looking forward to seeing the boys back playing,"

"Fiji are strong, explosive athletes and they be a big physical challenge! They’re a very passionate Rugby nation and it's a pleasure to have a chance to play against them,"

Australia is currently level with New Zealand on the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship ladder on five points apiece after both sides scored bonus point victories in round 1.

Australia: 15 Semisi Tupou, 14 Clay Uyen, 13 Dylan Riley,  12 Tony Hunt, 11 Jayden Ngamanu, 10 Nick Jooste, 9 Harry Nucifora, 8 Reece Hewat (capatain), 7 Angus Allen, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Darcy Swain,4 Lachlan Swinton, 3 Harry Chapman, 2 Efi Maafu, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes,
Replacements: 16 Sama Malolo, 17 David Puchert, 18 Vaauli Faamausili, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Theo Strang, 23 Len Ikatau,

Date: Tuesday, May 2
Venue: Bond University, Gold Coast
Kick-off: 17.00 (07.00 GMT)
Referee: TBC
Assistant referees: TBC

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
England U20 0 0 0 0 0
Australia U20 0 0 0 0 0
Wales U20 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa U20 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand U20 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland U20 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland U20 0 0 0 0 0
Italy U20 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa U20 0 0 0 0 0
France U20 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina U20 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia U20 0 0 0 0 0