Maddocks, Stewart headline Aussie under-20s

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REBELS fullback Jack Maddocks and Reds fly-half Hamish Stewart headline the Australian under-20 squad for the Oceania Championship on the Gold Coast, which kicks off later this month.

Maddocks and Stewart will provide valuable Super Rugby experience in coach Simon Cron’s 29-man squad that will face Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand with one eye on the World Championship in George in June.

Players unavailable for selection due to Super Rugby or Australian sevens commitments include Sham Vui (Force), Izaia Perese (Reds), Jordan Uelese, Esei Haangana, Sione Tuipulotu (all Rebels) and Liam McNamara, Henry Hutchison, Simon Kennewell and Lachie Anderson (all sevens).

Australia is looking to win the championship for the first time.

The series against New Zealand was 1-1 last year.

Jack Maddocks of Australia scores a try against England at the 2016 under-20 World Championship.

Jack Maddocks of Australia scores a try against England at the 2016 under-20 World Championship.Source:Getty Images

“We had a very short national camp last week and have coached some of the basic areas we need to do well to be successful,” said Cron, in his first season as under-20s coach.

“As a squad we had a chance to work on some cohesiveness in our ball skills and talk about key fundamentals around which we will base our attack and defensive systems.

“We’ll head into camp on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, April 25 and we need to continue on from where we left off.

“We have to keep building on the boys’ rugby brains as well as the tactical and technical coaching.

“There are some great boys in the group and I am looking forward to working with them more in detail over the coming weeks.”

The squad is subject to change depending on Super Rugby requirements leading into the tournament.

Australia under-20 coach Simon Cron at North Sydney Oval.

Australia under-20 coach Simon Cron at North Sydney Oval.Source:News Corp Australia

Australia under-20s squad

Props

Harry Johnson-Holmes, NSW

Harry Chapman, NSW

Vaauli Faamausili, Victoria

Dan Matthew, NSW

Hookers

Tom Horton, NSW

Efi Maafu, Queensland

Sama Malolo, Western Australia

Locks

Harry Hockings, Queensland

Angus Blyth, Queensland

Ryan McCauley, NSW

Darcy Swain, ACT

Back-rowers

Lachlan Swinton, NSW

Angus Scott-Young, Queensland

Reece Hewat, Queensland

Liam Wright, Queensland

Angus Allen, ACT

Scrumhalves

Harry Nucifora, Queensland

Ryan Lonergan, ACT

Theo Strang, NSW

Flyhalves

Hamish Stewart, Queensland

Jack McGregor, Victoria

Centres

Tony Hunt, Queensland

Nick Jooste, ACT

Dylan Riley, Queensland

Len Ikitau, ACT

Wingers

James Ramm, NSW

Jayden Ngamanu, Queensland

Fullbacks

Semisi Tupou, Victoria

Jack Maddocks, Victoria

Luke Jacobson of the Chiefs breaks away from the defence during the Global Rugby Tens.

Luke Jacobson of the Chiefs breaks away from the defence during the Global Rugby Tens.Source:Getty Images

Meanwhile, New Zealand has added former national secondary schools representatives Thomas Umaga-Jensen and Ciarahn Matoe to their squad for the tournament.

All Blacks apprentice Jordie Barrett is unavailable due to his Hurricanes Super Rugby commitments while Blues five-eighth Stephen Perofeta is ruled out with an ankle injury.

New Zealand coach Craig Philpott said he was pleased with the depth of the squad.

Umaga-Jensen is the nephew of All Blacks great and Blues coach Tana Umaga.

“We have been following Thomas’s return to rugby following his hip surgery in October last year with a view to inclusion in the squad,” Philpott said.

“He’s had three weeks of club rugby and is tracking well.

“We know what he is capable of after his time in the secondary schools team and he is a welcome addition now that he is injury-free.

Thomas Umaga-Jensen poses for a photo during the Highlanders headshots session.

Thomas Umaga-Jensen poses for a photo during the Highlanders headshots session.Source:Getty Images

“With Stephen and Jordie not available we needed extra cover at first five-eighth.

“Ciarahn’s time with the Chiefs under-20s squad has gone well and he proved himself with the New Zealand secondary schools team last year.

“This is a good opportunity for him and one I am sure he will make the most of.

“We had hoped that Stephen would be available for selection.

“However, it’s become clear he won’t be ready in time for the tournament due to his ankle injury.

“As has been the case in previous years, players have been deemed unavailable for the Oceania tournament due to their Super Rugby commitments.

“No final decision on their availability for the World Championship in Georgia has been made.”

New Zealand under-20s squad

Forwards

Harrison Allan, Canterbury

Asafo Aumua, Wellington

Sam Caird, Waikato

Adrian Choat, Auckland

Tom Christie, Canterbury

Ryan Coxon, Waikato

Tim Farrell, Hawke’s Bay

Alex Fidow, Wellington

Luke Jacobson (captain), Waikato

Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Auckland

Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, Hawke’s Bay

Dalton Papali’i, Auckland

Jacob Pierce, Auckland

JP Sauni, Auckland

Samuel Slade, Auckland

Pouri Rakete-Stones, Hawkes Bay

Isaia Walker-Leawere, Wellington

Backs

Caleb Clarke, Auckland

Ere Enari, Canterbury

Braydon Ennor, Canterbury

Tima Faingaanuku, Tasman

Tiaan Falcon, Hawke’s Bay

Will Jordan, Tasman

Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, Wellington

Orbyn Leger, Counties Manukau

Ciarahn Matoe, Taranaki

Josh McKay, Canterbury

Jona Nareki, Otago

Carlos Price, Wellington

Tamati Tua, Northland

Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Wellington

Oceania Championship fixtures

Round 1, Friday April 28

New Zealand v Fiji, 5pm AEST

Australia v Samoa, 7pm AEST

Round 2, Tuesday May 2

New Zealand v Samoa, 3pm AEST

Australia v Fiji, 5pm AEST

Round 3, Saturday May 6

Samoa v Fiji, 5pm AEST

Australia v New Zealand, 7pm AEST

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