Australian Schoolboys & U18
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The Australian Schoolboys & U18 rugby union team is the national team for schoolboy rugby union & U18 players in Australia. Considered to be the pinnacle of schoolboy & U18 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

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 Championships (from 2005 onwards) [3][4]
Year Winner Runner-up Location
2005 NSW I QLD I Canberra
2006 QLD II NSW II Sydney
2007 QLD I NSW II Canberra
2008 QLD I NSW I Canberra
2009 QLD I Comb. States Sydney
2010 QLD II NSW II Brisbane
2011 QLD I NSW I Brisbane
2012 NSW I QLD I Sydney
2013 NSW I NSW II Sydney
2014 NSW I NSW II Sydney
2015 NSW I QLD I Sydney
2016 NSW II NSW I Sydney
2017 ACT QLD II Sydney
2018 NSW I NSW II Sydney

Division I

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

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 prior to 2015) 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

Division II Championships (from 2012 to 2016) [3]
Year Winner Runner-up Location
2012 SA LMRDT Sydney
2013 LMRDT SA Sydney
2014 LMRDT SA  Sydney [5]
2015 SA NT  Sydney [5]
2016 NT LMRDT  Sydney [6]
2017–present: Subsumed within the
Gold Coast Rugby Carnival

The Australian Schools Rugby Union previously held a Division II tournament alongside the main Division I Championship until 2016.

Teams that competed included representative sides from the Northern Territory, South Australia, and Tasmania, but these match-ups were moved to the Gold Coast Rugby Carnival from 2017.

First held in 1979, the Div II competition originally included the state teams from Victoria and Western Australia before those sides moved to Division I in 2010.

There was also a National Indigenous team brought together by the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team, the LMRDT,[7] that competed in Div II from 2002 to 2016.[6][8]

For the 2014 tournament, Tasmania was replaced by a Victoria II side in the Division II Championship,[9] but Tasmania returned in 2015.[10]

The team winning the Division II Championship was awarded the Charles Blunt Cup, and the runner-up received the Merv Allen Plate.[2] From 2012 to 2016, a President's XV Team was selected from the Division II players for matches against visiting national schools teams.

Most appearances

Players with nine or more caps:[11][12]

Player Caps School Years
Chris Feauai-Sautia 11 Brisbane State High School, Queensland 2009–2010
Hugh Roach 11 Newington College, New South Wales 2008–2010
Curtis Browning 10 Brisbane State High School, Queensland 2008–2011
Andrew Barrett 9 Illawarra Sports High School, New South Wales 2005–2006
Kurtley Beale 9 St Joseph's College, New South Wales 2005–2006
Quade Cooper 9 Anglican Church Grammar School, Queensland 2005–2006
Lolo Fakaosilea 9 Brisbane Boys College, Queensland 2012
St Patrick's College, Queensland 2013

See also


  1. ^ "Australian Schoolboys". Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 14 September 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e "ASRU Championships 2011". Australian Schools Rugby News August 2011. pp. 1–10. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Results of ASRU Championships". Australian Schools Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  4. ^ "ASRU Championships". Australian Schools Rugby Union. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "South Australia Win Division II". Australian Schools Rugby. 3 July 2015. Archived from the original on 8 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Northern Territory win Division II Championship". Australian Schools Rugby. 8 July 2016. Archived from the original on 28 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Lloyd McDermott Indigenous Rugby Union Program". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Newsletter" (PDF). Australian Schools Rugby Football Union. 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 March 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Sebel ASRU Championships 2014 Draw". Australian Schools Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  10. ^ "2015 Sebel Australian Schools Rugby Union Championships – Preview". Green and Gold Rugby. 26 June 2015. Archived from the original on 3 August 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  11. ^ "ASRU Most Capped". Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Australian Schoolboys by School" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.