Junior Wallabies Head coach Jason Gilmore has named his side to play Italy U20s in Australia’s opening clash of the World Rugby U20s Championship.
Vodafone Super Rugby players Isaac Lucas (Reds) and Semisi Tupou have been named in the starting side, with Fraser McReight to captain the Aussies as they look to build on their impressive Oceania campaign.
Queensland-based front rower Rhys Van Nek and Canberra-based lock Nick Frost have both been named on the bench and are expected to make their Junior Wallabies debut.
Meanwhile Gilmore has named several players with World Championship experience with Isaac Lucas, Sione Tupou and Will Harrison in the backline and skipper McReight, Josh Nasser and Michael Wood named in the pack.
The World Rugby U20s Championship will again trial match day squads of 28 players to further player welfare, after an initial trial during the Oceania Championship. Coaches will still be limited to the normal eight substitutions but will now be able to select these replacements from an extended 13-man bench.
Junior Wallabies Head Coach Jason Gilmore said: “We’ve named a strong side ahead of our first match of the Championship, with the boys looking forward to their first hit-out over here.
“Like all the other teams in our pool, the Italians are fresh off their own six nations campaign, but we have prepared for this encounter and are looking forward to the challenge that they will bring.”
The match kicks off at 11.30pm on Tuesday 4 June and will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS 507
World Rugby U20s Championship, Junior Wallabies team to take on Italian U20s
1. Angus Bell, Sydney University
2. Lachlan Lonergan, Tuggeranong Vikings
3. Josh Nasser, University of Queensland
4. Michael Wood, Brothers
5. Trevor Hosea, Harlequins Rugby Club
6. Harry Wilson, Brothers
7. Fraser McReight ©, Brothers
8. Will Harris, Eastern Suburbs
9. Michael McDonald, Palmyra
10. Will Harrison, Randwick
11. Mark Nawaqanitawase, Eastwood
12. Noah Lolesio, Tuggeranong Vikings
13. Semisi Tupou, Box Hill
14. Triston Reilly, AU7s/Randwick
15. Isaac Lucas, Sunnybank
16. Joe Cotton, Wests Bulldogs
17. Bo Abra, Eastern Suburbs
18. Darcy Breen, Sydney University
19. Rhys Van Nek*, Easts
20. Esei Ha’angana, Melbourne Unicorns
21. Pat Tafa, Northern Suburbs
22. Nick Frost*, Queanbeyan Whites
23. Carlo Tizzano, University of Western Australia
24. Henry Robertson, Sydney University
25. Ben Donaldson, Randwick
26. Sione Tui, Melbourne Unicorns
27. Kye Oates, University of Queensland
28. Joey Walton, Gordon
*Denotes uncapped player
2019 World Rugby U20s Championship Pool B Fixtures*
Tuesday 4 June
Australia v Italy, 11.30pm AEST, Club de Rugby Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe
Saturday 8 June
Australia v Ireland, 11.30pm AEST, Club de Rugby Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe
Thursday 13 June
Australia v England, 4.30am AEST, Club de Rugby Ateneo Inmaculada, Santa Fe
*Dates and times have been named in AEST