AUS U20 change six

Fri, 05 May 2017 09:08
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Australia Under-20 head coach Simon Cron has made six changes ahead of the trans-tasman clash with New Zealand in the final round of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship on Saturday.

Ryan McCauley and Harry Hockings return to the second row while Melbourne Rebels hooker, Jordan Uelese comes into starting side having joined the squad earlier this week.  

Liam Wright, who played off the bench against Fiji, moves back to flanker to round out an all Queensland back row alongside Angus Scott-Young and Reece Hewat.

Cron said: "New Zealand have been in good form throughout the competition with a very cohesive attack which was on display against Samoa and Fiji.

"We need to focus on our processes and execution of roles.

"The boys are starting to come together as a group and develop combinations within the squad so I am looking forward to those boys getting on again tomorrow.

"It doesn’t come any better than a Trans-Tasman match at any level of Rugby and this group will wear that gold jersey with pride when they represent Australia."  

Australia Under-20: 15 Semisi Tupou, 14 Jayden Ngamanu, 13 Dylan Riley, 12 Tony Hunt, 11 James Ramm, 10 Nick Jooste, 9 Harry Nucifora, 8 Reece Hewat (captain), 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Ryan McCauley, 3 Harry Chapman, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes.  
Replacements: 16 Efi Maafu, 17 Sama Malolo, 18 Vaauli Faamausili, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Lachlan Swinton, 21 Theo Strang, 22 Isaac Lucas, 23 Clay Uyen.

Date: Saturday, May 6
Venue: Bond University, Gold Coast
Kick-off: 19.00 (21.00 NZ time; 09.00 GMT)
Referee: TBC
Assistant referees: Brett Cronan, Andrew Twist

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Team P W D L Pts
England U20 3 3 0 0 14
Australia U20 3 2 0 1 10
Wales U20 3 1 0 2 6
Samoa U20 3 1 0 3 1
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New Zealand U20 3 3 0 0 15
Scotland U20 3 2 0 1 9
Italy U20 3 1 0 2 6
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France U20 3 2 1 0 11
Argentina U20 3 1 0 2 6
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