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    Fisher joins Australia U20s as assistant as 2024 preliminary squad is announced

    Mon, Nov 13, 2023, 10:59 AM
    Nathan Williamson


    Former Brumbies and Wallabies assistant Laurie Fisher will join the Australia U20s (formally Junior Wallabies) coaching staff in 2024.

    Fisher steps in as assistant coach under Nathan Grey after departing the Brumbies at the end of the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season.

    It comes as Grey names a 45-man preliminary squad to begin preparations for an expanded international campaign in 2024.

    The ACT Brumbies dominate the squad after their success in Super Rugby U19s with 18 selections.

    This includes Brumbies captain Lachlan Hooper, instrumental in their 20-12 over the Waratahs in the Final. Hooper is joined by fellow Junior Wallaby Toby Macpherson and flyhalf Cullen Gray amongst others.

    Prop Jack Barrett is one of three Waratahs players set to return to the Junior Wallabies in 2024 alongside lock Ollie McCrea and centre Jackson Ropata.

    Reds centre Frankie Goldsbrough has also been included after recently being named in Les Kiss’ 2024 Super Rugby squad, one of eight Reds included.

    Force winger Kauri Tipene-Grace headlines the six inclusions from the WA-based side whilst captain Divad Palu is one of three Rebels included.

    The squad is made up of players not involved with Super Rugby Pacific pre-season, with the likes of Waratahs superstar Max Jorgensen, Reds flyhalf Harry McLaughlin-Phillips and Rebels number eight Leafi Talataina unavailable for selection.

    Australia will host the first-ever Under 20 Rugby Championship in May, presenting the team with a valuable opportunity to test themselves before the U20 World Championships.

    "We are excited with the talent that has emerged from this year's Super Rugby Men's U19 tournament, and we believe the players we have selected have the potential to make a significant impact on the international stage," Grey said in a statement.

    “Our coaching team is dedicated to providing them with the support and guidance they need to flourish and represent Australia with pride."

    Australia U20 Preliminary Squad:
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    Jack Barrett – Waratahs

    Bryn Edwards – Waratahs

    Jackson Stiel – Waratahs

    Harvey Cordukes – Brumbies

    Toby Macpherson – Brumbies

    Dane Sawers - Force

    Lachlan Hooper - Brumbies

    Pat Sowerby - Reds

    Sam Sahyoun- Brumbies

    Tevita Alatini – Brumbies

    Ollie McCrea - Waratahs

    Charlie Brosnan – Reds

    Joe Liddy - Reds

    Arnie Tancred - Waratahs

    Judah Saumaisue - Rebels

    Macarius Pereira – Reds

    Boston Morete – Brumbies

    Drew Brndusic – Brumbies

    Pat Gavin – Reds

    Caleb Karangaroa – Force

    Ben Di Staso – Waratahs

    Manaia Tetana – Force

    Lington Leli – Brumbies

    Lleyten Tautua - Brumbies

    Jack Harley – Brumbies

    Backs

    Dan Nelson – Brumbies

    Cullen Gray – Brumbies

    Divad Palu - Rebels

    Jackson Ropata – Waratahs

    Archie Saunders – Waratahs

    Will McCulloch – Reds

    Doug Philipson – Force

    Joey Fowler – Rebels

    Jakob Biet – Brumbies

    Jullien Caillol – Waratahs

    Kauri Tipene-Grace – Force

    Angus Staniforth – Brumbies

    Billy Dickens – Waratahs

    Will Nason – Reds

    Jarrah McLeod – Brumbies

    Frankie Goldsbrough – Reds

    Tiam Toufan – Force

    Shane Wilcox – Brumbies

    Eli Sagala – Brumbies

    Thomas Hayes – Brumbies

    Not considered due to injury or Super Rugby Pacific commitments

    Oniti Finau

    Trevor King

    Nick Bloomfield

    Ben Daniels

    Leafi Talataina

    Dom Thygesen

    Ryan McGloin

    Max Jorgensen

    Harry McLaughlin-Phillips

    Ronan Leahy

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    6 + 2 from the Not Considered group, thats a decent representation for how the season went.

    Also suggests Leahy close to a Force contract of some kind

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