Next Generation of Rugby talent to assemble in Canberra

· U19 Rugby Championship
by Rugby Australia

Australia’s next generation of Junior Wallabies will be on display next week as the AIS hosts over thirty matches of Junior Rugby Championship (JRC) and U19s Rugby Championship (URC).

The tournaments, now both in their second year, will see the next generation of academy, schools and potential Junior Wallabies battle it out in the hope of catching the eye of provincial and national High Performance staff as coaches begin to build their academy squads for 2020.

The URC will begin with a grand final rematch at Bond University between Brisbane City and Queensland Country, with the first round of matches set to be played in the team’s respective states before shifting to Canberra for the final rounds. NSW Rivals Sydney and NSW Country will commence their campaign at Forshaw Rugby Park this weekend as both sides look to improve on their 2018 results.

Rugby Australia’s National Head of Talent Management, Adrian Thompson said: “It’s always exciting to get to the back end of the year when these matches kick-off.

“We saw great success this year at the World Championships with the Junior Wallabies, and a lot of that team was selected from the URC last year, so it shows the value the tournament provides.

“The tournament allows us to see players in different combinations and positions, giving them the best possible opportunity to stick their hand up for higher honours.”

Off the field, players and team staff will have access to a multitude of development programs to help further their Rugby journey with presentations from RUPA as well as RugbyAU’s High Performance staff.

All matches of the 2019 Pathways Series will be streamed LIVE on RUGBY.com.au

To access the full draw and live results of the Junior Rugby Championship, please click here.

To access the full draw and live results of the U19s Rugby Championship, please click here.