The Australian Under 20 side came from behind to defeat France 34-27 to claim fifth place at the IRB Junior World Rugby Championship in Auckland at the weekend.

Australia ran in five tries to France’s three to secure the win over the Junior Six Nations Champions.

During the month-long tournament Australia beat Argentina, Italy, Samoa and France, with their only loss being to tournament finalists England.

Sydney University Football Club had four representatives in the 28-man Australian squad, including tighthead prop Tom Robertson, halfback Angus Pulver, five-eighth Johnny Vaux and centre Jim. The four are all Sydney University Colts and all shared valuable game time.

The last time Australia won four games at the Under 20 Championships was in 2008, when the side included Quade Cooper and David Pocock.

Australian Head Coach Adrian Thompson was pleased with the way his side performed, particularly in the final match against France.

“We got off to a poor start but regained composure and started playing some promising rugby towards the end of the first half,” Thompson said.

“The team had an impressive second period and we capitalised on some good phase play to get ourselves back into the game. 

“Our players off the bench made a huge impact and I’m really proud of how the boys dug deep to finish off the tournament with a win.”

Sydney University Colts will be pleased to get their four players back after losing First and Seconds to Northern Suburbs on Saturday.