Australia national under-20 rugby union team

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The Australia national under-20 rugby union team, nicknamed the Junior Wallabies, is the national under-20 rugby union team that represents Australia. 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 and the U20 Rugby Championship since 2024.

Australia
UnionRugby Australia
Nickname(s)Junior Wallabies
Coach(es)Nathan Grey
Team kit
First international
 Australia 81–12 Canada 
(6 June 2008; Rodney Parade, Newport)
Largest win
 Australia 91–7 Tonga 
(1 May 2018; Bond Sports Park, Gold Coast)
Largest defeat
 Australia 12–69 New Zealand 
(10 July 2022; SC Stadium, Bokarina)
World Cup
Appearances7 (First in 2008)
Best resultRunners-up (2010, 2019)
Logo 2008–2017

Australia's highest finish at the World Rugby U20 Championship was second-place in 2010[1][2] and 2019. 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] The Junior Wallabies also finished second in the first four editions of the Oceania U20 Championship before being crowned champions in 2019 after defeating New Zealand 24–0.[5][6][7]

Team name

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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.[8][9] 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[10][11] or to represent Australia on goodwill tours to Asia and the Pacific.[12][13] Media publications sometimes also used the name Junior Wallabies to refer to age-graded national teams such as the Australian under-19 side,[14] Australian Schoolboys,[15][16] and later the Australian under-20 team.[17][18]

Overall record

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Summary for all competitive test matches up to and including the 2023 season:

Opponent Pld W D L W% PF PA Diff.
  Argentina 6 3 0 3 50% 150 106 +44
  Canada 2 2 0 0 100% 167 12 +155
  England 8 1 1 6 12.5% 165 204 –39
  Fiji 8 8 0 0 100% 352 125 +228
  France 7 3 0 4 42.86% 178 170 +8
  Ireland 4 2 0 2 50% 98 84 +14
  Italy 6 6 0 0 100% 220 74 +146
  Japan 3 3 0 0 100% 165 64 +101
  New Zealand 16 4 0 12 25% 323 561 –238
  Samoa 6 6 0 0 100% 228 94 +134
  Scotland 6 4 0 2 66.67% 218 104 +114
  South Africa 3 1 0 2 33.33% 60 113 –53
  Tonga 4 4 0 0 100% 252 25 +227
  Wales 5 4 0 1 80% 168 104 +64
Total 84 51 1 32 60.71% 2.644 1,840 +804

World Rugby U20 Championship record

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Year Round Position Pld W D L PF PA
  2008 5th place 5th 5 4 0 1 221 68
  2009 Semi-finals 4th 5 3 0 2 186 74
  2010 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 239 131
  2011 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 0 2 166 117
  2012 8th place 8th 5 1 0 4 107 94
  2013 7th place 7th 5 2 0 3 114 84
  2014 5th place 5th 5 4 0 1 176 101
  2015 5th place 5th 5 4 0 1 136 110
  2016 6th place 6th 5 2 0 3 120 116
  2017 6th place 6th 5 3 0 2 135 106
  2018 5th place 5th 5 3 0 2 178 103
  2019 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 171 122
  2023 5th place 5th 5 3 1 1 179 157
Total 13/13 0 titles 65 39 1 25 2,128 1,383

U20 Rugby Championship record

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Year Position Pld W D L PF PA
  2024 4th 3 1 0 2 55 80
Total 1/1 TBD

Oceania Rugby U20 Championship record

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Year Round Position Pld W D L PF PA
  2015 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 109 87
  2016 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 35 54
  2017 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 81 87
  2018 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 170 55
  2019 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 104 14
  2022 3rd place 3rd 3 1 0 2 91 98
Total 6/6 1 title 17 11 0 6 590 395

Head coaches

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Honours

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

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "New Zealand crowned JWC 2010 champions". IRB. 21 June 2010. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Young Wallabies finish runners up at Junior Worlds". 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "France 17–30 Australia". IRB. 26 June 2011. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Australia finishes fourth at IRB Junior World Championship". 2009.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Rugby – Junior Wallabies beat New Zealand to win Oceania under-20s crown". Special Broadcasting Service. 5 May 2019.
  6. ^ Decent, Tom (5 May 2019). "Junior Wallabies thumping of NZ provides lift game desperately needs". The Sydney Morning Herald. Nine Entertainment. Archived from the original on 5 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Junior Wallabies deliver good news with Oceania title win over New Zealand". The Australian. News Corp Australia. 6 May 2019.
  8. ^ "John Weatherstone, 22, left, who will leave Australia on Saturday to tour Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan with the Junior Wallabies". The Canberra Times. 6 March 1972. p. 36, col. 4. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  9. ^ "S. Africa names a strong side". The Canberra Times. 27 July 1971. p. 22, col. 4. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  10. ^ Australian Rugby Union (27 January 2009). "Biographies - Norman Peter Reilly". Brave and Game. Archived from the original on 25 January 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Third visit in five years". The Canberra Times. 8 July 1990. p. 36. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  12. ^ "State Players Nominated". The West Australian. Perth. 25 June 1953. p.18, col. 2. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Union teams selected for Ceylon, Fiji tours". Illawarra Daily Mercury. Wollongong. 9 July 1953. p.12, col. 5. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Roff keen to tackle NZ side". The Canberra Times. 22 July 1994. p. 28. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Junior Wallabies maintain unbeaten record". The Canberra Times. 22 January 1982. p. 18. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Schoolboys still dominant". The Canberra Times. 28 January 1982. p. 26. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  17. ^ Tucker, Jim (7 May 2016). "Goalkicker Mack Mason proves hero as junior Wallabies become history-makers in beating All Blacks". The Courier-Mail. Archived from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Sport: Samoa expecting full-strength Australia in U20 opener". Radio New Zealand. 2 June 2015. Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Australia announce strong U20s squad". ESPN. 6 May 2008. Archived from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  20. ^ "Annual Report 2009" (PDF). Australian Rugby Union. pp. 40–41. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  21. ^ "Trans-Tasman rivals set for final showdown". ESPN. 20 June 2010. Archived from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  22. ^ "Australian U20s coach announced". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 February 2013. Archived from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Simon Cron, who led Northern Suburbs to Shute Shield win, named Australian U-20s coach". The Daily Telegraph. 9 November 2016. Archived from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  24. ^ "Jason Gilmore says Super Rugby experience with Reds will help him plot junior Wallabies revival". Fox Sports. 10 April 2018. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  25. ^ Williamson, Nathan (18 June 2021). "Junior Wallabies name squad for Oceania Tournament". rugby.com.au. Archived from the original on 18 June 2021.
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