Australian Schoolboys rugby union team

Australian Schoolboys rugby union team

Australian Schoolboys
Union Australian Schools Rugby Union
Founded 1969
(affiliate member of ARU)
Official website
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The Australian Schoolboys rugby union team is the national team for schoolboy rugby union players in Australia. Considered to be the pinnacle of schoolboy rugby in Australia, the team plays in fixtures against other national representative schoolboy teams from around the world. Many players who have played in the Australian Schoolboys team have gone on to further representative careers with Super Rugby franchise teams and the Australian national rugby union team.[1]

Contents

  • Australian Schools Rugby Championships 1
    • Division I 1.1
    • Division II 1.2
  • Players with most Schoolboy caps 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Australian Schools Rugby Championships

The Australian Schools Rugby Championships, held to determine the champion state and to select the Australian Schools Rugby team, have taken place every year since 1973.[2] Under the current format, the championships are played in two divisions.

Division I

Division I Championships (from 1999 onwards)[3]
Year Winner Runner-up Location
2015 NSW I QLD I Sydney
2014 NSW I NSW II Sydney
2013 NSW I NSW II Sydney
2012 NSW I QLD I Sydney
2011 QLD I NSW I Brisbane
2010 QLD II NSW II Brisbane
2009 QLD I Comb. States Sydney
2008 QLD I NSW I Canberra
2007 QLD I NSW II Canberra
2006 QLD II NSW II Sydney
2005 NSW I QLD I Canberra
2004 NSW I QLD I Sydney
2003 QLD I NSW I Brisbane
2002 NSW I NSW II Sydney
2001 QLD I NSW I Darwin
2000 NSW I ACT Brisbane
1999 NSW I ACT Melbourne

The Division I Championship is contested by 8 teams:[2]

  • QLD I and QLD II
  • NSW I and NSW II
  • ACT
  • VIC I
  • WA
  • Combined States

Each team has a squad of 23 players. The "Combined States" team is composed of players from any state (or territory) not selected for other squads but deemed up to the standard required for Division I. The winners of the Division I Championships are awarded the 'Jika' Travers Shield, while the Runners-up receive the 'Weary' Dunlop Plate.[2]

Following the tournament, the Australian Schools Team is selected to represent Australia in 'Test' matches against national Under 18 or schoolboys teams from other countries.[2]

An Australian Schools Barbarians team (previously Australia A) is also chosen. This side was first selected in 1995 and also plays schoolboys teams from other countries, but these matches (usually on Australian soil against incoming teams) are not counted as Australian Schools 'Test' matches.[3]

Division II

The Division II Championship is contested by 4 teams:[2]

  • National Indigenous[4]
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Northern Territory

In previous years, the first teams from Victoria and Western Australia played in Division II but they now play in Division I. For the 2014 tournament, Victoria II replaced Tasmania in the Division II Championship,[5] but Tasmania returned in 2015. The winners of Division II are awarded the Charles Blunt Cup, while the Runners-up receive the Merv Allen Plate.[2]

Since 2012, a President’s XV Team has been selected from the Division II players for matches against visiting national schools teams.

Players with most Schoolboy caps

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f pp.1-10
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^
  5. ^

External links

  • ASRU International Appearances 1973-2013