Australia name Under 19 side
March 26, 2004

The Australian team will take a step into the unknown when they face
Japan in their opening match of the 2004 International Rugby Board (IRB)
Under-19 World in Durban, South Africa on Saturday at 4pm (1am Sunday, AEDT).

Coach Scott Wisemantel named a team short on experience at this level,
but high on promise for what will be much needed match time ahead of other
pool games against England and New Zealand in the space of four days.

The side is captained by flanker Julian Salvi, who captained ACT Schools
in 2003 as well as Australian Schoolboys in 2003.

"If there is such a thing as a group of death at this world cup then we
are in it," Wisemantel said from the team's base on the Durban waterfront.

The tournament squeezes five games into just 16 days so attention to
and technical skills is emphasised at training rather than fitness and
strength training, which the players have been doing with their schools
clubs before the tournament.

"At this stage we view our preparation as 80-20. Eighty percent focused on
our own game and only 20 percent on the opposition," Wisemantel said.

"When we meet England next Wednesday we will have at least one video to look
at and by the time we play New Zealand there will be two tapes on them.

"We are still a young team with 8-10 of the guys eligible for under-19s
next year so if we play to the best of our ability and don't win then I guess
we can say the exercise has been successful, but only if we play to our

Australian Team: 15.Sam Satui; 14.Andrew Smith, 13.Anton Lavin, 12.Lloyd Johansson (vc), 11.Digby Ioane, 10.Matthew Brandon, 9.Dominic Fuller; 8.Leroy Houston, 7.Julian Salvi (c), 6.Martin Perkins, 5.Peter Kimlin,
4.James Horwill, 3.Aaron Tawera, 2.Geoff Abram, 1.Pekahou Cowan. *

Demetrios Ainuu, David Mapapalangi, Tatafu Nau, Carlos Blanco, Lloyd
Dylan Sigg, Daniel Wiseman, Scott Daruda, Sean Fell, Tajohn Malaita,
Alexander Peden.

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