Round four of Super Rugby U16s and U19s represented one of the last opportunities for players to impress in 2023.
The Queensland Reds were the big winners after sweeping the Melbourne Rebels whilst the ACT Brumbies and Western Force played out two entertaining games.
Junior Wallabies coach Nathan Grey is among several keeping a keen eye on the action as they look to build for the future ahead of next year's World U20 Championships and potential U18s and Australian Schools matches.
Rugby.com.au looks at the teams of the week from both competitions as picked by Grey and National Pathways Manager Nic Henderson.
*Please note the NSW Waratahs had the bye in round four and will not feature
Super Rugby U16s
The Queensland Reds enjoy the majority of selections after their 62-28 win at Sunnybank.
There are four in the backline, with flyhalf Damon Humphrys excelling in the victory.
He is joined by wingers Clay Andrews and Fletcher Austin, with replacement fullback Treyvon Pritchard impressing off the bench.
Number eight Gray O'Neill earns selection after back-to-back doubles, with hooker Charlie Hollyman and William Ross rounding out the selections.
Rebels forwards Ramsey Sefo and Louis Treacy have been rewarded for their strong performances in the defeat.
After their draw, it's only fair the Western Force and ACT Brumbies each have three selections in this team.
Centre Peni Naqau headlines the Force's selections, joined by prop Ceejay Patelesiosio and Felix Cooper whilst Harry Bodman, Liam Collett and Denzel Veikune are the trio of Brumbies included.
Team of the Week
- Ramsey Sefo (Melbourne Rebels)
- Charlie Hollyman (Queensland Reds)
- Ceejay Patelesiosio (Western Force)
- Harry Bodman (ACT Brumbies)
- William Ross (Queensland Reds)
- Louis Treacy (Melbourne Rebels)
- Felix Cooper (Western Force)
- Gray O'Neill (Queensland Reds)
- Liam Collett (ACT Brumbies)
- Damon Humphrys (Queensland Reds)
- Clay Andrews (Queensland Reds)
- Peni Naqanu (Western Force)
- Denzel Veikune (ACT Brumbies)
- Fletcher Austin (Queensland Reds)
- Treyvon Pritchard (Queensland Reds)
Super Rugby U19s
As expected, the team is dominated by the ACT Brumbies and Queensland Reds as they prepare for a mini semi-final next week.
It's an all-Reds front-row with Macarius Pereira, Will Rogers and Lehopo Leota selected.
The Brumbies dominated the rest of the pack, headlined by captain Lachlan Hooper.
Hooper is joined by lock partner Toby MacPherson, Lletron Tautua and Darcy Fogarty, with Reds backrower Pat Sowerby rounding out the forwards.
The Brumby dominance continues in the halves, with Dan Nelson and Cullen Gray repeat selections.
Rebels captain Divad Palu is the lone selection from the Victorian side, slotting in along with Reds standout Frankie Goldsbrough.
Force winger Kauri Tipene-Grace has once again been included, with Angus Stanforth and Will McCulloch continuing their strong season.
Team of the Week
- Macarius Pereira (Queensland Reds)
- Will Rogers (Queensland Reds)
- Lehopo Leota (Queensland Reds)
- Toby MacPherson (ACT Brumbies)
- Lachlan Hooper (ACT Brumbies)
- Lleyton Tautua (ACT Brumbies)
- Darcy Fogarty (ACT Brumbies)
- Pat Sowerby (Queensland Reds)
- Dan Nelson (ACT Brumbies)
- Cullen Gray (ACT Brumbies)
- Angus Staniforth (ACT Brumbies)
- Divad Palu (Melbourne Rebels)
- Frankie Goldsbrough (Queensland Reds)
- Kauri Tipene-Grace (Western Force)
- Will McCulloch (Queensland Reds)