Australian Schoolboys rugby union team
|Union||Australian Schools Rugby Union|
|Founded||1969 (affiliate member of ARU)|
The Australian Schoolboys & U18 rugby union team is the national team for schoolboy rugby union& U18 players in Australia. Considered to be the pinnacle of schoolboy & U18 rugby in Australia, the team plays in fixtures against other national representative schoolboy teams from around the world. Many players who have played in the Australian Schoolboys team have gone on to further representative careers with Super Rugby franchise teams and the Australian national rugby union team.
Australian Schools Rugby Championships
The Australian Schools Rugby Championships, held to determine the champion state and to select the Australian Schools Rugby team, have taken place every year since 1973. Under the current format, the championships are played in two divisions.
|Division I Championships (from 2005 onwards) |
|2005||NSW I||QLD I||Canberra|
|2006||QLD II||NSW II||Sydney|
|2007||QLD I||NSW II||Canberra|
|2008||QLD I||NSW I||Canberra|
|2009||QLD I||Comb. States||Sydney|
|2010||QLD II||NSW II||Brisbane|
|2011||QLD I||NSW I||Brisbane|
|2012||NSW I||QLD I||Sydney|
|2013||NSW I||NSW II||Sydney|
|2014||NSW I||NSW II||Sydney|
|2015||NSW I||QLD I||Sydney|
|2016||NSW II||NSW I||Sydney|
|2018||NSW I||NSW II||Sydney|
The Division I Championship is contested by 8 teams:
- QLD I and QLD II
- NSW I and NSW II
- Combined States
Each team has a squad of 23 players. The "Combined States" team is composed of players from any state (or territory) not selected for other squads but deemed up to the standard required for Division I. The team winning the Division I Championship is awarded the 'Jika' Travers Shield, while the runner-up receives the 'Weary' Dunlop Plate.
Following the tournament, the Australian Schools Team is selected to represent Australia in 'Test' matches against national Under 18 or schoolboys teams from other countries.
An Australian Schools Barbarians team (previously Australia A Schoolboys prior to 2015) is also chosen. This side was first selected in 1995 and also plays schoolboys teams from other countries, but these matches (usually on Australian soil against incoming teams) are not counted as Australian Schools 'Test' matches.
|Division II Championships (from 2012 to 2016) |
|2017–present: Subsumed within the|
Gold Coast Rugby Carnival
The Australian Schools Rugby Union previously held a Division II tournament alongside the main Division I Championship until 2016.
Teams that competed included representative sides from the Northern Territory, South Australia, and Tasmania, but these match-ups were moved to the Gold Coast Rugby Carnival from 2017.
First held in 1979, the Div II competition originally included the state teams from Victoria and Western Australia before those sides moved to Division I in 2010.
The team winning the Division II Championship was awarded the Charles Blunt Cup, and the runner-up received the Merv Allen Plate. From 2012 to 2016, a President’s XV Team was selected from the Division II players for matches against visiting national schools teams.
|Chris Feauai-Sautia||11||Brisbane State High School, Queensland||2009–2010|
|Hugh Roach||11||Newington College, New South Wales||2008–2010|
|Curtis Browning||10||Brisbane State High School, Queensland||2008–2011|
|Andrew Barrett||9||Illawarra Sports High School, New South Wales||2005–2006|
|Kurtley Beale||9||St Joseph's College, New South Wales||2005–2006|
|Quade Cooper||9||Anglican Church Grammar School, Queensland||2005–2006|
|Lolo Fakaosilea||9||Brisbane Boys College, Queensland||2012|
|St Patrick's College, Queensland||2013|
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