Three SUFC players in Australian squad

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Sydney University Football Club has three players in the Junior Wallabies squad announced today (Wednesday) for a team camp ahead of the Oceania Rugby Under 20s Championship on the Sunshine Coast in July.

Props Jamie Clark and Paddy Tagg, and centre Henry O’Donnell, all NSW Waratahs, have been included in the 30-man squad named by Junior Wallabies Head Coach Nathan Grey.

The squad is comprised of two ACT Brumbies, 12 NSW Waratahs, seven Queensland Reds, five Melbourne Rebels and four from the Western Force – either from within the Super Rugby squads or their respective academies.

“Over the duration of the two camps to date, over 60 players have had the opportunity to train and push their claim for a spot in the final squad. The final decision on who was included was difficult, and that is what we wanted,” coach Grey said. “Every player chosen has been extremely impressive playing in each of their respective competitions in the first half of this year.

“The whole side is itching to get out and represent their country, more so now than ever, with many players having to wait almost two years to pull on the gold jersey. After a long stint of disruptions, the squad has had two camps together this year, and the side is looking well prepared for the tournament ahead. We will be looking at this last camp in Longreach to start to work on our combinations and start to put together the finishing touches before we go into competition.”

The team will assemble in Brisbane before travelling to Longreach for camp on Saturday, June 11, before heading back to the Sunshine Coast for their first match of the Under 20s Tournament on Friday, July 1.

2022 Oceania Rugby U20 Championship Schedule (Sunshine Coast Stadium)

  • Junior Wallabies v Argentina: Friday July 1 2022, 7:00pm AEST
  • Junior Wallabies v Fiji: Tuesday July 5 2022, 4:00pm AEST
  • Junior Wallabies v New Zealand: Sunday July 10 2022, 4:00pm AEST