Junior Kangaroos

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Junior Kangaroos
Nickname Australia
Governing body ARLC
Region Oceania
Head coach Justin Holbrook
Captain Matthew Lodge
Colours

The Junior Kangaroos side represents Australia in the sport of rugby league. They are commonly known as the Junior Kangaroos, after the native marsupial of that name. Since 2010, they are an under-20s side, with players selected from the NRL and Holden Cup. They are administered by the Australian Rugby League Commission.

History[edit]

Prior to 2010, the Junior Kangaroos was selected on an under 19 age basis. The best Australian players 19 years of age or younger, would represent the country against the likes of the Junior Kiwis, Papua New Guinea and Tonga, sometimes as curtain raisers to the senior Kangaroos games. Players such as Greg Bird, Matt Bowen, Justin Hodges, Luke Lewis, Jamie Lyon, Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston represented the Junior Kangaroos early in their careers and went on to play at the senior level for Australia. The last Junior Kangaroos side selected under the under 19 rules was in 2007. This would be the last Junior Kangaroos team until 2010.

In 2010, with the advent of the National Youth Competition, the Junior Kangaroos was switched to an under 20s team and played in a two Test series against the Junior Kiwis. Since 2011, the Junior Kangaroos have faced the Junior Kiwis at the end of each season in a one off Test match, usually as a curtain raiser to a senior level Australia-New Zealand Test match.

2010 series[edit]

1st Test[edit]

Played as a curtain raiser to the New Zealand-England Four Nations match.

23 October 2010
Junior Kiwis New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg 16 - 24 Australian colours.svg Junior Kangaroos
Tries
Siuatonga Likiliki 1
Drury Low 1
Shaun Johnson 1
Goals
Shaun Johnson 2
Report Tries
Dane Gagai 2
Michael Oldfield 1
Justin O'Neill 1
Cameron King 1
Goals
Cameron King 2

Teams
JUNIOR KIWIS: 1. Glen Fisiiahi 2. Bill Tupou 3. Siuatonga Likiliki 4. Dean Whare 5. Drury Low 6. Carlos Tuimavave 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Lama Tasi 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Martin Taupau (c) 11. Jason Taumalolo 12. Mark Ioane 13. Sebastine Ikahihifo 14. Sam Mataora 15. Nafe Seluini 16. Sam Lousi 17. Isaac Maliota. Coach: David Kidwell.
JUNIOR KANGAROOS: 1. Dane Gagai 2. Michael Oldfield 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Ben Jones (c) 5. Josh Mansour 6. Corey Norman 7. Sam Williams 8. James Cunningham 9. Cameron King 10. Evrett Vaurasi 11. Mark Nicholls 12. Josh Jackson 13. Gerard Beale 14. Matthew Wright 15. Tariq Sims 16. Mark Appleton 17. Kyle O'Donnell. Coach: David Hamilton.

2nd Test[edit]

Played as a curtain raiser to the New Zealand-Papua New Guinea Four Nations match.

30 October 2010
Junior Kiwis New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg 36 - 20 Australian colours.svg Junior Kangaroos
Tries
Lama Tasi 1
Drury Low 1
Nafe Seluini 1
Martin Taupau 1
Siuatonga Likiliki 1
Carlos Tuimavave 1
Goals
Shaun Johnson 6
Report Tries
Michael Oldfield 1
Josh Jackson 1
Dane Gagai 1
Justin O'Neill 1
Goals
Cameron King 2

Teams
JUNIOR KIWIS: 1. Glen Fisiiahi 2. Bill Tupou 3. Siuatonga Likiliki 4. Drury Low 5. Kane Morgan 6. Carlos Tuimavave 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Mark Ioane 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Martin Taupau (c) 11. Sam Mataora 12. Lama Tasi 13. Sebastine Ikahihifo 14. Nafe Seluini 15. Sam Lousi 16. Isaac Maliota 17. Pakisonasi Afu . Coach: David Kidwell.
JUNIOR KANGAROOS: 1. Dane Gagai 2. Michael Oldfield 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Ben Jones (c) 5. Nathan Massey 6. Corey Norman 7. Sam Williams 8. James Cunningham 9. Cameron King 10. Tariq Sims 11. Mark Nicholls 12. Josh Jackson 13. Gerard Beale 14. Dominic Walsh 15. Mark Appleton 16. Matthew Wright 17. Kyle O'Donnell. Coach: David Hamilton.

2011 match[edit]

Played as a curtain raiser to the Australia-New Zealand pre-Four Nations tournament match. Both coaches agreed to allow an 18th man be used during the match.

16 October 2011
Junior Kangaroos Australian colours.svg 16 – 28 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Junior Kiwis
Tries
Dane Gagai 2
Stewart Mills 1
Kane Evans 1
Goals
Chad Townsend 2
Report Tries
Sebastine Ikahihifo 2
John Palavi 1
Michael Parker-Walshe 1
Wayne Ulugia 1
Goals
Siliva Havili 3
Sio Siua Taukeiaho 1
Junior Kangaroos
2011 team Coaching staff

Head coach

  • Andrew Patmore



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain


2012 match[edit]

Played as a curtain raiser to the Australia-New Zealand end of year Test match.

13 October 2012
Junior Kangaroos Australian colours.svg 48 – 16 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Junior Kiwis
Tries
Edrick Lee 2
Jack Wighton 2
Cheyse Blair 1
Tautau Moga 1
David Klemmer 1
Mahe Fonua 1
Jack Stockwell 1
Goals
Jacob Miller 6
Report Tries
Ngataua Hukatai 2
David Fusitua 1
Carlos Tuimavave 1
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville, Australia
Referee/s: Gavin Reynolds
Junior Kangaroos
2012 team Coaching staff

Head coach

  • Kelly Egan



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain


2013 match[edit]

13 October 2012
Junior Kangaroos Australian colours.svg 38 – 26 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Junior Kiwis
Tries
Patrick Mago 2
Vai Toutai 1
Junior Paulo 1
David Nofoaluma 1
Charly Runciman 1
Mitchell Cornish 1
Goals
Bryce Cartwright 5
Report Tries
Kurtis Rowe 2
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2
Raymond Faitala-Mariner 1
Goals
Mason Lino 3
Junior Kangaroos
2013 team Coaching staff

Head coach

  • Kelly Egan



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain


2014 match[edit]

18 October 2014
Junior Kiwis New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg 15 - 14 Australian colours.svg Junior Kangaroos
Tries
Sam Manuleleua 1
Kodi Nikorima 1
Chance Peni 1
Goals
Zach Dockar-Clay 1
Field Goals
Te Maire Martin 1
Report Tries
Valentine Holmes 2
Jake Mamo 1
Goals
Clinton Gutherson 1
Junior Kangaroos
2014 team Coaching staff

Head coach

  • Kelly Egan



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain


2015 match[edit]

Played as a curtain raiser to the Papua New Guinea-Fiji Melanesian Cup match and the Samoa-Tonga Polynesian Cup match.

2 May 2015
Junior Kangaroos Australian colours.svg 22-20 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Junior Kiwis
Tries
Valentine Holmes 1
Robert Jennings 1
Brenko Lee 1
Tepai Moeroa 1
Goals
Jackson Hastings 2
Valentine Holmes 1
Report Tries
Watson Heleta 1
Joseph Manu 1
Te Maire Martin 1
Tony Tumusa 1
Goals
Zach Dockar-Clay 2
Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia
Referee/s: Grant Atkins
Junior Kangaroos
2015 team Coaching staff
  • 13 Canberra colours.svg Tevita Pangai - SR
  • 14 Parramatta colours.svg Tyrell Fuimaono - SR
  • 16 Brisbane colours.svg Jayden Nikorima - FE
  • 17 Parramatta colours.svg Alex Twal - PR

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain


Players[edit]

Captains[edit]

Coaches[edit]

  • David Hamilton 2010
  • Andrew Patmore 2011
  • Kelly Egan 2012–2014
  • Justin Holbrook 2015-

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]