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Gen Blue forwards stake claim in initial Australia U20’s training squad

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By NSW Waratahs Media unit

Australian U20’s coach Simon Cron has named ten NSW Generation Blue players in his 48-man preliminary training squad ahead of the World Rugby U20’s Championship held in Georgia this June.

 Among those is 2016 Australian U20 representative and lock Ryan McCauley, who was with the Waratahs top squad during pre-season for a second year running.

As a testament to the dominance of the NSW set piece in the 2017 Super U20’s Championship, eight forwards were named in the extending squad, including Lachlan Swinton who made his first appearance in the Sky Blue at the inaugural Brisbane Global Tens earlier this year.

Australia will play host to the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship on the Gold Coast against Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand, which begins on April 28. 

Australia U20s Extended Squad: 

Harry Hoopert, QLD 
Harry Johnson-Holmes, NSW 
Cody Walker, NSW
Sham Vui, WA
Harry Chapman, NSW
Gavin Luka, QLD 
Vaauli Faamausili, VIC
Angus Wagner, ACT 
Jordan Uelese, Melbourne Rebels 
Phil Bradford, NSW
Efi Maafu, QLD 
Tom Horton, NSW 
Harry Hockings, QLD 
Angus Blyth, QLD 
Ryan McCauley, NSW Waratahs *
returning from 2016 squad
Esei Haangana, VIC 
Darcy Swain, ACT 
Angus Scott-Young, Queensland Reds 
Max Girdler, NSW 
Lachlan Swinton, NSW
Reece Hewat, QLD 
Rob Leota, Melbourne Rebels 
Rob Valetini, Brumbies 
Liam Wright, QLD 
Angus Allen, ACT 
Brodie Leber, ACT 

Harrison Goddard, VIC 
Harry Nucifora, QLD 
Ryan Lonergan, ACT 
Theo Strang, NSW 
Tate McDermott, Aussie 7s 
Liam McNamara, Aussie 7s 
Hamish Stewart, QLD 
Nick Jooste, Brumbies
Tony Hunt, QLD
Sione Tuipulotu, Melbourne Rebels 
Izaia Perese, Queensland Reds 
Dylan Riley, Queensland Reds  
Esere Chee Kam, NSW 
Len Ikitau, ACT 
Henry Hutchison, Aussie 7s 
Simon Kennewell, Aussie 7s 
Jayden Ngamanu, Queensland Reds
Angelo Leaupepe, VIC 
Will Eadie, QLD 
Jack Maddocks, Melbourne Rebels 
Clay Uyen, WA 
Semisi Tupou, VIC     

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