Fiji and Samoa join the Oceania U20 Championships

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The tournament is now in its third year but for the first time will have representation from four Pacific Powers as all four nations continue their preparation for the World Rugby U20s Championship to be held in Georgia in June. 

Some graduates from the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship who have made the transition to professional Rugby teams include Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs), Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes), Blake Gibson (Blues), Andrew Kellaway (NSW Waratahs), Adam Korczyk (Queensland Reds) and Jonah Placid (Melbourne Rebels).

Rugby Services Managers Oceania for World Rugby, Bruce Cook said: “We are very excited to see this competition expand with Fiji and Samoa participating alongside New Zealand and Australia. 

“Each year the tournament’s standards have continued to rise and it is a fantastic opportunity for people to see the next generation of potential Rugby stars come together to play in a fantastic tournament. 

“We look forward to seeing these sides compete to the best of their ability at the Oceania tournament and at the World Rugby U20s Championship in June.” 

New Zealand Under 20 took out the first two Oceania Under 20 Championship titles in 2015 and 2016.

2017 Oceania Rugby U20s Championship Fixtures

Round 1, Friday 28 April
New Zealand v Fiji, 5.00pm AEST
Australia v Samoa, 7.00pm AEST 

Round 2, Tuesday 2 May
New Zealand v Samoa, 3.00pm AEST
Australia v Fiji, 5.00pm AEST 

Round 3, Saturday 6 May
Samoa v Fiji, 5.00pm AEST
Australia v New Zealand, 7.00pm AEST 

All matches will be played at Bond University, Gold Coast Rugby Fields.