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Academy quartet named in Junior Wallabies squad

Four Western Force Fortescue Academy players have been selected for the Junior Wallabies squad for the upcoming Oceania Rugby U20s Championship.

Siosifa Amone (Prop, Associates), Luke Callan (Lock, Wanneroo), Connor Seve (Lock, Wests Scarborough), and Ned Slack-Smith (Back Row, Warringah) have all been named.

Several of the side have already seen elite level rugby, having played Harvey Norman Super Rugby Pacific in 2022 for their respective state franchises.

Siosifa Amone, Luke Callan (WA), Kalani Thomas, Floyd Aubrey, and Mac Grealy (QLD) and Teddy Wilson, Adrian Brown (NSW), Titi Nofoagatatoa (ACT) are returning players who will get another chance to compete for the U20s title, after being selected in the 2021 squad prior to the competition’s cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Junior Wallabies Head Coach Nathan Grey said: “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.

“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."

The team will assemble in Brisbane before travelling to Longreach for camp on Saturday 11 June before heading back to the Sunshine Coast for their first match of the U20s Tournament on Friday 1 July.

2022 Oceania Rugby U20 Championship Schedule (Sunshine Coast Stadium)

Junior Wallabies v Argentina, Friday 1 July 2022, 5:00pm AWST

Junior Wallabies v Fiji, Tuesday 5 July 2022, 2:00pm AWST

Junior Wallabies v New Zealand, Sunday 10 July 2022, 2:00pm AWST