Three Rebels named in Wallabies U20 Squad

Wed, Feb 21, 2024, 7:53 AM
Rebels Media
by Rebels Media

Australia U20s (formally Junior Wallabies) coach Nathan Grey has announced a 40-player squad for a training camp as they kick off their 2024 calendar.

Melbourne Rebels, Divad Palu, Judah Saumaisue and Joey Fowler, have been named in the 40-player U20 Australia preliminary squad, that will assemble at the Australia Institute of Sport in Canberra on February 25 to participate in a three-way trial against Sydney Uni and the Brumbies Runners.

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It will be held at the AIS Rugby Field on March 3 at 11am with games played in three 30-minute periods.

This will continue the build until the first-ever Junior Rugby Championships, to be held on the Sunshine Coast in April.

Reds playmaker Harry McLaughlin-Phillips headlines the squad, recently named for his Super Rugby Pacific debut against the NSW Waratahs.

McLaughlin-Phillips is one of several returning stars from the 2023 World Championships, including Lachlan Hooper, Divad Palu and Jack Barrett.

Sevens squad member Aden Ekanayake has also been included as he continues to push for a World Series debut.

Breakout winger Ronan Leahy headlines a half dozen selections from the Western Force Academy.

"This camp is a great opportunity to bring the best U20s players in the country together and build on the satellite spot camps that have occurred over the past two months," Grey said in a statement.

"These players will be able to showcase their training and work ethic over 10 days, bond as a unit, and then test themselves in a trial situation as they face off against Sydney University, and the Brumbies Runners XV.

"With a big year of international Rugby ahead of us, this camp and trial is invaluable experience for these players, and we're looking forward to getting stuck in."

Selected Rebels

Divad Palu – Centre - Wyndham Rhinos

Judah Saumaisue – Backrow - Power House Rugby Club

Joey Fowler - Flyhalf - Sydney University