Australian Schoolboys rugby union team

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Australian Schoolboys
Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union logo.png
Union Australian Schools Rugby Union
Founded 1969
(affiliate member of ARU)
Team kit
Official website
austschools.rugbynet.com.au

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]

Australian Schools Rugby Championships[edit]

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[edit]

Division I Championships (from 1999 onwards)[3]
Year Winner Runner-up Location
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]

Since 1995, an Australian 'A' Schools Team has also been selected. This side plays schoolboys teams from other countries as well, but these matches (usually on Australian soil against incoming teams) are not counted as Australian Schools 'Test' matches.[3]

Division II[edit]

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

  • National Indigenous[4]
  • South Australia
  • Victoria II
  • Northern Territory

For the 2014 tournament, Victoria II replaced Tasmania in the Division II Championship.[5] In previous years, the first teams from Victoria and Western Australia played in Division II but they now play in Division I. 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[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian Schoolboys". Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 14 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "ASRU Championships 2011". Australian Schools Rugby News August 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-29.  pp.1-10
  3. ^ a b "Results of ASRU Championships". Australian Schools Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 29 Jun 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  4. ^ "Lloyd McDermott Indigenous Rugby Union Program". rugby.com.au. Archived from the original on 19 Jul 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Sebel ASRU Championships 2014 Draw". Australian Schools Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 

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