Wallaby squad announced
March 10, 2004

The Australian Rugby Union have announced the team that will represent Australia at the International Rugby Board Under 19 World Championship to be held in Durban, South Africa from 27 March - 12 April.

The squad will be based in Coffs Harbour until the end of the week before heading to South Africa where the junior Wallabies will play New Zealand, England and Japan in the pool stages before the teams are then re-seeded according to results for the semi finals and final.

After watching matches between Under 19s teams from New South Wales, Queensland and ACT, Head Coach Scott Wisemantel and the selectors have picked a broad range of players including talented youngsters who grew up in non-traditional rugby states like Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

"We've gone with players we see as having the potential to kick on to the highest level," said Wisemantel.

"We have a tough pool at the tournament with matches against New Zealand and England but if you want to win the tournament you will have to beat quality teams like those.

"It's fantastic that players from non-traditional rugby states who are now living in Sydney and Brisbane have been rewarded for their determination with a spot in the squad. It just goes to show how important it is for us to monitor more closely the young players in those states."

The 26-man squad features 13 from Queensland Under 19s , eight from NSW Under 19s and five from ACT Under 19s.

AUSTRALIAN UNDER 19S SQUAD
Geoff Abram (QLD)
Demetrios Ainuu (ACT)
Carlos Blanco (NSW)
Matthew Brandon (QLD)
Pekahou Cowan (NSW)
Scott Daruda (QLD)
Sean Fell (QLD)
Dominic Fuller (QLD)
James Horwill (QLD)
Leroy Houston (NSW)
Digby Ioane (QLD)
Lloyd Johansson (QLD)
Lloyd Jones (NSW)
Peter Kimlin (ACT)
Anton Lavin (QLD)
Tajohn Malaita (QLD)
David Mapapalangi (ACT)
Lachlan Morgan (QLD)
Tatafu Nau (ACT)
Martin Perkins (QLD)
Julian Salvi (ACT)
Sam Satui (QLD)
Dylan Sigg (NSW)
Andrew Smith (NSW)
Aaron Tawera (NSW)
Daniel Wiseman (NSW)

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