Tupou named as Junior Wallabies tune up for Italy

Melbourne Rebels young back Semisi Tupou has been named in Jason Gilmore’s side for the fifth-place semi-final against Italy U20s in World Rugby U20s Championship on Wednesday morning (AEST).

Tupou will line up in the centres as the only Rebels representative in playing 23, with Esei Ha’angana and Sama Malolo omitted.

Young forward Trevor Hosea has returned to Australia after injury his knee, and will commence his recovery back at the club.

Junior Wallabies Head Coach, Jason Gilmore said: “Italy have played some really good Rugby at this tournament and they are an exciting team.

“They only lost one game in their Pool to England and have threats all over the park, which we look forward to meeting.

“It’ll be a different style of Rugby to what we have played this year, so the team will have to be ready for the challenge and to adapt.”

Australia U20s will play the winner of the Argentina-Wales match to play-off for fifth place. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports, with kick-off at 12.30am AEST.


Junior Wallabies squad to play Italy U20s on Wednesday 13 June, 2018 at France:

1. Harry Hoopert, Queensland, Brothers
2. Efi Ma’afu, Queensland, Wests
3. Tom Ross, ACT, Gungahlin
4. Angus Blyth, Queensland, Bond University
5. Harry Hockings, Queensland, University of Queensland
6. Michael Wood, Queensland, Brothers
7. Fraser McReight, Queensland, Brothers
8. Pat Tafa, NSW, Norths
9. Ryan Lonergan, ACT, Vikings
10. Hamish Stewart, Queensland, Bond University
11. Jordan Petaia, Queensland, Wests
12. Bayley Kuenzle, NSW, Southern Districts
13. Semisi Tupou, Victoria, Box Hill *
14. Matt McTaggart, NSW, Easts
15. Lawson Creighton, Queensland, Brothers



16. Matt Faessler, Queensland, Brothers
17. George Francis, NSW, Eastwood
18. Charlie Hancock, NSW, Sydney University
19. Hugh Margin, NSW, Gordon
20. Rory Suttor, NSW, Sydney University
21. Tate McDermott, Queensland, University of Queensland
22. Will Harrison, NSW, Randwick
23. Mack Hansen, ACT Gungahlin

* Denotes Melbourne Rebels player