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    Uyen and Vui Named in BMW Australian U20s Squad

    By Fraser Smith on Mon 20th March 17




    Road Safety Western Force prop Shambeckler Vui (Wanneroo) and Future Force Foundation full back Clay Uyen (UWA) have been named in the BMW Australian U20s squad after outstanding performances in the Super U20s Championship.

    The BMW Australia U20s will come together for their first training camp ahead of the World Rugby U20s Championship in Georgia in June.

    The squad will come together at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast this April (4-7) as part of their continued buildup under new Head Coach Simon Cron.

    Cron has selected a preliminary squad of 48 players, who have impressed in the opening rounds of the Super U20s Championship, while it also contains four members of the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens squad.

    Vui returns to the Australian U20s squad after starring in the gold jersey at the World Rugby U20s Championship in Manchester last year while local product Uyen has been named in his first national squad after recently entering the Future Force Foundation.

    BMW Australia U20s Head Coach, Simon Cron said: “This camp will be the first opportunity we have to get content across to our players, as well as skill evaluation and execution. It will be a high intensity camp and we need to tick the box on a lot of critical stuff.

    “We will be putting guys into different scenarios and seeing how they play as well as start to develop our culture and Identity as a group.

    “The door is still open for players in the Super U20s Championship as we are always watching and looking for players who will suit the way we want to play the game.”

    The players returning from the BMW Australia 2016 squad include; Sham Vui (Western Force U20s), Jordan Uelese (Melbourne Rebels U20s), Harry Hockings (Queensland U20s), Ryan McCauley (NSW Waratahs), Angus Scott-Young (Queensland Reds), Rob Leota (Melbourne Rebels U20s), Liam Wright (Queensland U20s), Harry Nucifora (Queensland U20s), Liam McNamara, (Aussie 7s), Nick Jooste (Brumbies U20s), Sione Tuipulotu (Melbourne Rebels U20s), Izaia Perese (Queensland Reds), Simon Kennewell (Aussie 7s) and Jack Maddocks (Melbourne Rebels).

    Aussie 7s speedster Henry Hutchison is set for his first opportunity in the Australia U20s, after missing the 2016 season due to commitments with Sevens program.

    Australia will host the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship on the Gold Coast against Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand, kicking off on April 28.

    BMW Australia U20s Extended Squad:
    Forwards
    Harry Hoopert, QLD
    Harry Johnson-Holmes, NSW
    Cody Walker, NSW
    Shambeckler 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
    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

    Backs
    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

    https://www.westernforce.com.au/arti...ian-u20s-squad

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    A bit disappointing to have only 2 from WA in the U20's squad.
    Seems we were well beaten in every game in the Australian U20's comp.

    Not a good advertisement for the state of the game in WA when we are trying to justify our existence. Really want to be seeing good numbers coming up from the junior levels.

    Have I missed something?

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    It should read 3. Jayden Ngamanu and Nick Jooste are ours. Sham Vui is not. True- not the best look- but Kane Koteka and Richard Hardwick were overlooked a few years back. Rowan Perry, who played in their place, hasn't even made a mark in the NRC. U20 selection is not the best metric.

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