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Oceania Rugby U20s Championships kicks off tomorrow

Oceania Rugby, Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:25PM

Oceania Rugby U20s Championships Captains line-up at Bond University on game day eve. Image: Tim Marsden

Age Grade International Rugby continues in Oceania this weekend with the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship kicking off tomorrow.

Captains Tom Christie (New Zealand), Raikabula Momedonu (Fijian), Saimone Rewa (Tonga) joined host union Captain Ryan Lonergan (Australia) Bond University this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's round 1.

The Championship, now in its fourth year, will continue to provide key game times and preparation for both Australia and New Zealand ahead of the World Rugby U20s Championship with the 2018 event in France this June. Fiji will also stand to gain invaluable game experience during the Championship ahead of their World Rugby U20s Trophy campaign in Romania later this year.

All three rounds of the 2018 Oceania Rugby U20s Championship will be live streamed via the Oceania Rugby Facebook page across the region. The stream will also be available on Rugby.com.au.

Reigning Oceania Rugby U20s New Zealand Captian, Tom Christie said, “The boys are excited and we are hoping that this Oceania Rugby tournament will be a build up for us to the World Rugby U20s Championships, just finding out some things about each other and what works best for us as a team.

Christie further added, "We know that there are expectations and the team last year did really well but for us it’s about focusing on us and how we can perform better."

Captain of Fiji, Raikabula Momedonu, said, “The boys are working hard and we’ve been looking forward to this tournament. We are also aiming to do our best as we play the host nation tomorrow and the other respective teams over the next few days.”

2018 Oceania Rugby U20 Championship Fixtures
Round 1, Friday 27 April
New Zealand v Tonga, 5.00pm AEST
Australia v Fiji, 7.00pm AEST


Round 2, Tuesday 1 May
New Zealand v Fiji, 3.00pm AEST
Australia v Tonga, 5.00pm AEST


Round 3, Saturday 5 May
Tonga v Fiji, 5.00pm AEST
Australia v New Zealand, 7.00pm AEST


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

Last updated: Thursday April 26, 2018 6:29PM