Three Super Rugby players and two Academy products selected in Junior Wallabies squad

· Super Rugby
by Rebels Media

Three Melbourne Rebels squad members and two Academy players have been included in the Junior Wallabies’ 45-man Canberra Camp squad.

Super Rugby listed players Trevor Hosea, Esei Ha’angana and Semisi Tupou, along with Rebels Academy products Navarre Haisila and Sione Tui are vying to represent Australia at the Under 20’s Oceania Championships in April and the World Championships in June.

It’s the second consecutive year that Hosea, Ha’angana and Tupou have been selected in the squad, while this will be the first selection for 20-year-old Tui and 21-year-old Haisila.

Melbourne Rebels General Manager of Professional Rugby and Pathways Nick Ryan is thrilled with three of the youngest players in the Rebels’ list being named in the Junior Wallabies squad.

Ryan believes the selections ratify the world class rugby program that has been created at the Rebels and the announcement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the players.

“Esei, Trevor and Semisi all deserve this opportunity as they all have worked hard to improve themselves since playing in last year’s world champs,” Ryan said.

“It’s also really pleasing to see two of our younger Academy boys in Navarra (Haisila) and Sione (Tui) selected as well, after both players participated in our 2019 preseason program.

“I’m pleased for all of these players who have been selected and it’s great to see our commitment to providing a professional rugby program for our athletes is being confirmed with the announcements."

Melbourne Rebels Set Piece Coach and Rugby Victoria Head of Academies Nic Henderson says the selection of Victorian home-grown players in Haisila and Tui shows how strong the local pathway system in the state is.

“It’s phenomenal to have Navarra and Sione selected in the squad,” Henderson said.

“Both boys are extremely talented and will represent the state proud if they get the chance to play for the Junior Wallabies side.

“Their selections continue to show other Victorian Rugby players that there is a strong and clear pathway to national representation through hard work.”

Junior Wallabies Canberra Camp Training Squad

Bo Abra, NSW Oliver Barden, NSW

Angus Bell, NSW

Darcy Breen, NSW

Oliver Callan, Western Australia

Will Chaffey, Queensland

Liam Cornish, NSW

Joe Cotton, Queensland

Will Deardon, Queensland

Ethan Dobbins, Queensland

Ben Donaldson, NSW

Max Douglas, NSW

Max Dowd, Queensland

Will Goddard, ACT

Esei Ha’angana, Victoria

Navarre Haisila, Victoria

Brooklyn Hardaker, NSW

Jack Hardy, Queensland

Will Harris, NSW

Will Harrison, NSW

Isaac Henry, Queensland

Trevor Hosea, Victoria

Kristian Jensen, NSW

Nathan Lawson, NSW

Noah Lolesio, ACT

Lachlan Lonergan, ACT

Brody Macaskill, Western Australia

Michael McDonald, Western Australia

Fraser McReight, Queensland

Josh Nasser, Queensland

Mark Nawaqanitawase, NSW

Kye Oates, Queensland

Lachlan Osborne, ACT

Ben Paxton-Hall, Queensland

Byron Ralston, Queensland

Triston Reilly, AU7s

Henry Robertson, NSW

Egan Siggs, Queensland

Seamus Smith, ACT

Tristan Stanghon, Queensland

Pat Tafa, NSW

Sione Tui, Victoria

Liam Usher, Queensland

Rhys Van Nek, Queensland

Jack Walsh, NSW

Joey Walton, NSW

Harry Wilson, Queensland

Michael Wood, Queensland

Finn Wright, NSW