Tourney returns to Gold Coast

President Oceania Rugby Richard Sapias (left) and General Manager Oceania Rugby Bruce Cook during a press conference recently. Picture: RAMA

FIJI, Tonga and New Zealand will join Australia on the Gold Coast in May for the 2018 Oceania Rugby U20s Championship.

The championship, now in its fourth year, will continue to provide key game times and preparation for Australia and New Zealand ahead of the World Rugby U20s Championship in France in June. Fiji stands to gain invaluable game experience during the championship ahead of the World Rugby U20s Trophy campaign in Romania later this year.

“Regional age grade tournaments are a key competent to Member Union’s player pathway programs.” World Rugby’s Bruce Cook said.

“The Oceania Rugby U20s Championship is not only a preparation tournament ahead of the World Rugby U20s Championship, it allows for national coaching staff to view up and coming representative players.”

Tonga will make its first appearance at the tournament.

Fixtures: Round 1, Friday, April 27: New Zealand v Tonga, 5pm AEST, Australia v Fiji, 7pm AEST. Round 2, Tuesday, May 1; New Zealand v Fiji, 3pm AEST, Aust v Tonga, 5pm AEST, Round 3, Saturday, May 5: Tonga v Fiji, 5pm AEST, Aust v New Zealand, 7pm.