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

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][4]
Year Winner Runner-up Location
2017 ACT QLD II Sydney
2016 NSW II NSW I Sydney
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 team winning the Division I Championship is awarded the 'Jika' Travers Shield, while the runner-up receives 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 Schoolboys) 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.

Division II[edit]

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

  • National Indigenous[5]
  • 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, a Victoria II side replaced Tasmania in the Division II Championship,[6] but Tasmania returned in 2015. The team winning the Division II Championship is awarded the Charles Blunt Cup, while the runner-up receives 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.

Most schoolboy caps[edit]

Players with nine or more appearances:

See also[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. pp. 1–10. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Results of ASRU Championships". Australian Schools Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "ASRU Championships". Australian Schools Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 21 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Lloyd McDermott Indigenous Rugby Union Program". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  6. ^ "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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