Australia national under-20 rugby union team

The Junior Wallabies is the national under-20 team that represents Australia playing rugby union. The team has been competing at the annual World Rugby U20 Championship since it began in 2008, replacing the previously held under-19 and under-21 championships. The team also competes at the Oceania U20 Championship as of 2015.

Junior Wallabies
Junior Wallabies crest 2018.png
UnionRugby Australia
Coach(es)Jason Gilmore
Team kit
First international
Australia Australia 81–12 Canada Canada
(6 June 2008)
Largest win
Australia Australia 86–0 Canada Canada
(5 June 2009)
Largest defeat
Australia Australia 17–62 New Zealand New Zealand
(21 June 2010)
World Cup
Appearances7 (First in 2008)
Best resultRunners-up, 2010 and 2019
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Logo 2008–2017

Australia's highest finish at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship was as runner-up in 2010 after losing to New Zealand in the final.[1][2] The team finished third in 2011 by beating France in the third place playoff,[3] and fourth in 2009 after losing to South Africa 32–5 in the third place playoff.[4]

Team nameEdit

The Junior Wallabies name was incorporated into the Australian under-20 crest prior to the 2018 season, but the name was also previously applied to several other teams in the history of Australian rugby.[5][6] In the era of amateur rugby from the 1950s onwards, the Junior Wallabies team was selected from uncapped players (with no age restriction) to play against touring Test sides,[7][8] or to represent Australia on goodwill tours to Asia and the Pacific.[9][10] Media publications sometimes also used the name 'Junior Wallabies' to refer to age-graded national teams such as the Australian under 19 side,[11] Australian Schoolboys,[12][13] and later the Australian under 20 team.[14][15]

Overall recordEdit

Summary for all under 20 matches at the World and Oceania championships up to and including the 2019 World Rugby Championship:

Opposition Played Won Drawn Lost % Won
  Argentina 5 3 0 2 60%
  Canada 2 2 0 0 100%
  England 7 1 0 6 14%
  Fiji 6 6 0 0 100%
  France 7 3 0 4 43%
  Ireland 3 2 0 1 67%
  Italy 6 6 0 0 100%
  Japan 3 3 0 0 100%
  New Zealand 12 2 010 17%
  Samoa 6 6 0 0 100%
  Scotland 6 4 0 2 67%
  South Africa 3 1 0 2 33%
  Tonga 4 4 0 0 100%
  Wales 4 3 0 1 75%
Total 74 46 0 28 62%

ResultsEdit

2019Edit

2019 World Championship – 2nd placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 36–12   Italy
Pool match 45–17   Ireland
Pool match 33–56   England
Semifinal 34–13   Argentina
Final 23–24   France

2019 Oceania Championship – 1st placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Round 1 64–14   Japan
Round 2 16–0   Fiji
Round 3 24–0   New Zealand

2018Edit

2018 World Championship – 5th placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 21–26   Wales
Pool match 54–19   Japan
Pool match 18–27   New Zealand
Play-off 44–15   Italy
5th place play-off 41–16   Argentina

2018 Oceania Championship – 2nd placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Round 1 51–5   Fiji
Round 2 91–7   Tonga
Round 3 28–43   New Zealand

2017Edit

2017 World Championship – 6th placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 24–17   Wales
Pool match 33–26   Samoa
Pool match 19–20   England
Play-off 42–19   Italy
5th place play-off 17–24   Scotland

2017 Oceania Championship – 2nd placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Round 1 43–20   Samoa
Round 2 32–24   Fiji
Round 3 6–43   New Zealand

2016Edit

2016 World Championship – 6th placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match10–15   Scotland
Pool match38–10   Italy
Pool match13–17   England
Play-off35–19   Scotland
5th place play-off24–55   New Zealand

2016 Oceania Championship – 2nd placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Round 110–30   New Zealand
Round 225–24   New Zealand

2015Edit

2015 World Championship – 5th placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match33–5   Samoa
Pool match31–15   Italy
Pool match13–46   South Africa
Play-off31–21   Scotland
5th place play-off28–23   Wales

2015 Oceania Championship – 2nd placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Round 133–10   Samoa
Round 247–31   Japan
Round 329–46   New Zealand

2014 and earlierEdit

IRB World Championships 2008 to 2014

2014 World Championship – 5th placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match36–17   Argentina
Pool match24–38   England
Pool match29–3   Italy
Play-off53–16   Samoa
5th place play-off34–27   France

2013 World Championship – 7th placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match15–19   Ireland
Pool match10–14   New Zealand
Pool match46–12   Fiji
Play-off15–22   Argentina
7th place play-off28–17   Ireland

2012 World Championship – 8th placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match67–12   Scotland
Pool match3–15   Argentina
Pool match7–31   France
Play-off17–19   France
7th place play-off13–17   England

2011 World Championship – 3rd placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match54–7   Tonga
Pool match50–25   Fiji
Pool match25–31   France
Semi-final7–37   New Zealand
3rd place play-off30–17   France

2010 World Championship – 2nd placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match85–13   Scotland
Pool match67–5   Tonga
Pool match42–35   South Africa
Semi-final28–16   England
Final17–62   New Zealand

2009 World Championship – 4th placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match86–0   Canada
Pool match40–6   Tonga
Pool match38–5   Wales
Semi-final17–31   New Zealand
3rd place play-off5–32   South Africa

2008 World Championship – 5th placeEdit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match81–12   Canada
Pool match53–17   Fiji
Pool match13–18   England
Play-off32–0   Samoa
5th place play-off42–21   France

SquadsEdit

Current squadEdit

The squad for the 2019 World Rugby Under 20 Championship is:

Junior Wallabies squad – 2019 World Championship[16]
(c) Denotes team captain

Previous squadsEdit

Management

  • Adrian Thompson - Head Coach
  • Michael Grice - Team Manager
  • Shane Arnold - Assistant Coach
  • Cam Blades - Assistant Coach
  • Alan Gaffney - Selector

Management

  • Adrian Thompson - Head Coach
  • Michael Grice - Team Manager
  • Shane Arnold - Assistant Coach
  • Cam Blades - Assistant Coach
  • Campbell Hanson - Physiotherapist
  • Steve Freeman - Team Doctor
  • Carl Marshall - Video Analyst
  • Simon Harries - Strength & Conditioning
  • Alan Gaffney - Selector

Head coachesEdit

HonoursEdit

World Junior Championship
Oceania Junior Championship
  • Winners (1): 2019
  • Runners-up (4): 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ "S. Africa names a strong side". The Canberra Times. 27 July 1971. p. 22, col. 4. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
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  8. ^ "Third visit in five years". The Canberra Times. 8 July 1990. p. 36. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  9. ^ "State Players Nominated". The West Australian. Perth. 25 June 1953. p.18, col. 2. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Union teams selected for Ceylon, Fiji tours". Illawarra Daily Mercury. Wollongong. 9 July 1953. p.12, col. 5. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Roff keen to tackle NZ side". The Canberra Times. 22 July 1994. p. 28. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Junior Wallabies maintain unbeaten record". The Canberra Times. 22 January 1982. p. 18. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Schoolboys still dominant". The Canberra Times. 28 January 1982. p. 26. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
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