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Nine players with QR Reds or QAS Reds Academy experience have been selected in Australia's 26-man squad for the upcoming IRB Junior World Championships in Argentina in June.
NSW had the next largest contingent with eight players, the ACT supplied five and WA four.
Reds winger and 2009 Wallaby tourist Luke Morahan and Academy backrower Jake Schatz have both played in the Investec Bank Super 14 this season, while Academy and Australian Sevens stars Liam Gill, Ed Quirk, Kimami Sitauti and Dom Shipperley were also named.
Flankers Gill and Quirk, centre Sitauti and wing Shipperley are all long time Academy prospects and recently signed senior Reds’ contracts from 2011.
Other Academy players named in the squad are prop Paul Alo-Emile, fullback Aidan Toua and flyhalf Jono Lance.
Australia kicks off its campaign with a pool match against Scotland in Santa Fe on Saturday, June 5, before matches against Tonga in Parana (June 9) and South Africa in Santa Fe (June 13).
Australia, who fell to South Africa 32-5 in the playoff for third at last year’s championships in Japan, will be attempting to end New Zealand’s two-year reign as world champions.
Should Australia progress through their pool matches they will play a semi-final on June 17, with the final scheduled for June 21 at Estadio El Coloso del Parque in Rosario.
Australian U20 squad:
Forwards: Cruze Ah-Nau (WA), Paul Alo-Emile (QLD), Phoenix Battye (NSW), Colby Faingaa (ACT), Liam Gill (QLD), Michael Hooper (ACT), Luke Jones (WA), Salesi Manu (NSW), Gregory Peterson (NSW), Edward Quirk (QLD), Sam Roberson (NSW), Siliva Siliva (WA), Scott Sio (NSW), Jake Schatz (QLD).
Backs: Tim Bennetts (NSW), Robbie Coleman (ACT), Greg Jeloudev (NSW), Jonathon Lance (QLD), Cameron Mitchell (NSW), Dominic Shipperley (QLD), Kimami Sitauti (QLD), Aidan Toua (QLD), Matt Toomua (ACT), Luke Morahan (QLD), Justin Turner (WA), Nic White (ACT).
20 APRIL 2019