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Australian Schoolboys rugby league team

Australian Schoolboys
Team information
NicknameThe Kangaroos
Governing bodyAustralian Rugby League
Head coachAustralia Tim White
First colours
Team results
First game
Lancashire East Lancashire 0–30 Australia Australia
(England, 1972)
Biggest win
England England Colleges 0–92 Australia Australia
(Kingston Park, Newcastle, England; 26 November 2018)
Biggest defeat
Australia Australia 8–46 Junior Kiwis New Zealand
(Kougari Oval, Wynnum, Australia; 30 July 2005)

The Australian Schoolboys rugby league team is the national rugby league football team for secondary school students in Australia.

The team competes against counterparts in New Zealand, known as the Junior Kiwis, England, Wales and France amongst others. Started in 1972, the Australian Schoolboys have produced over 50 Australian representatives,[1] amongst a host of players who have represented other nations at the highest level.[2]


Early years

Established in 1972, the first Australian Schoolboys rugby league team featured players from New South Wales and one Western Australian player. The team did not include any Queensland players as they did not send players to the trials. The team was initially in the Under-16s division, unlike today. Coached by future Western Suburbs Magpies Team of the 20th Century coach, Roy Masters, and featuring future internationals Ian Schubert, Craig Young, Les Boyd, and Royce Ayliffe, the side toured Great Britain, going undefeated on the tour and scoring 108 tries in their 11 games to their opponents' 1. This would be the last Schoolboys team until 1978.

In 1978, the first official Australian Schoolboys Championships were held, but NSW Combined Catholic Colleges did not attend. For the first time, Queensland-based high school players trialed, and the first of four 'merit teams' was selected; merit teams do not tour or play games together.

The Schoolboys returned to touring with the 1979 team, featuring future Australian internationals Ben Elias and Andrew Farrar. The team toured France and England and went undefeated.


The first Schoolboys side of the 80's was selected in 1981, when the Schoolboys hosted the touring [Junior Kiwis] side from New Zealand. They played two games, with the Schoolboys winning both. It was the first time the Schoolboys hosted a tour and played a New Zealand side.

In 1982, the Schoolboys toured New Zealand for the first time, where they also received their first ever loss against an Auckland-based selection team, 16–10. The team was captained by future Australian international Paul Langmack and featured another future international in Andrew Ettingshausen. Another merit team was selected in 1983 and once again featured Ettingshausen. Future internationals Greg Alexander and Paul Sironen, and future first grade regulars, Tony Butterfield and Jeff Hardy, were also a part of the side.

In 1984, the Schoolboys hosted a tour by the British Upper Schools and Colleges (BUSCARLA), winning both matches. The 1984 Australian Schoolboys was also the first to feature a player who would go on to represent a country other than Australia at international level. Theo Anast from Armidale High School would later play six games for France between 1993 and 1994.

The team selected in 1985 went undefeated against a touring Junior Kiwis side and in 1986 went undefeated once again on their tour of England. The 1986 side featured future Australian internationals Bradley Clyde and Andrew Gee. In 1987, another merit side was selected, which featured Clyde for the second time.

In 1988, the side toured New Zealand and featured Tim Brasher, David Fairleigh and a 16-year-old Brad Fittler. The team went undefeated. Fittler was named again in 1989, as the Schoolboys hosted the British Amateur Rugby League under 19's (BARLA) for two games, winning both.


The 1990 Schoolboys side was originally a merit team, but played a one-off game against the Australian Youth Development Squad, which they won 38–6. The 1991 team, once again, went undefeated on their tour of England.

In 1992, with a side featuring future premiership winner and Australian international Steve Menzies, the side toured New Zealand. On the tour, the Schoolboys lost their first ever Test match to a New Zealand side featuring future Kiwis Gene Ngamu, Joe Vagana and Ruben Wiki.

The 1993 Australian Schoolboys hosted BARLA and played two tests, winning both. Future NSW State of Origin player and world champion boxer Anthony Mundine was in the team.

In 1994, the Schoolboys hosted, and defeated, the touring Junior Kiwis. This marked the first appearance of a then-15-year-old Owen Craigie, who would represent the Schoolboys a record three times in 1994, 1995, and 1996. Future Australian internationals Brett Kimmorley, Ben Ikin and Luke Priddis were also in the side.

The 1995 Schoolboys toured France and England and went undefeated. The side featured future Australian internationals Trent Barrett and Matthew Gidley and World Cup winning New Zealand captain Nathan Cayless. 1995 also saw the first ever Northern Territory schoolboy in Duncan MacGillivray. MacGillivary would later represent Scotland at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

Due to the ARL and Super League war in 1996, the Schoolboys (who were supposed to tour New Zealand) toured Papua New Guinea for the first time. They went undefeated in their four matches. The team was coached by 1972 Australian Schoolboys representative Brian Hetherington. The team also featured Ben Rauter, whose father Herb also represented the Australian Schoolboys in 1972. Ben and Herb became the first father son pair to represent the Schoolboys.

The side went undefeated in their 1997 when they once again hosted BARLA, in a squad which featured future first graders and representative players Luke Bailey, Dane Carlaw and Luke Patten. In 1998, the Schoolboys toured New Zealand, playing 4 games and losing only one to an Auckland Invitational XIII. The team featured future Australian international Mark Gasnier, who would play for the Schoolboys again the following year. The 1999 side toured France, England and Ireland, going undefeated. The squad featured future Australian internationals Justin Hodges, Jamie Lyon, Corey Parker and Brent Tate.


The first Schoolboys team of the new millennium hosted a touring New Zealand schools side in 2000, comfortably winning both games. In 2001, the Schoolboys hosted the touring England Academy side and French Schools team. The Schoolboys went undefeated in three games and featured future internationals Greg Bird and Michael Weyman (who would represent again in 2002).

In 2002, on the Schoolboys tour of England and France, they lost two games for the first time on the same tour and lost a test series, when they were beaten by the England Academy side. The Schoolboys side featured a number of future Australian internationals including Weyman, Keith Galloway, Ben Hannant, Ryan Hoffman Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, future Fijian international Ashton Sims and future French international Dimitri Pelo.

The 2003 side, which featured current New Zealand captain Benji Marshall and future Australian international Karmichael Hunt, toured New Zealand winning two games and losing one. In 2004, the Schoolboys hosted the touring English and French teams. They defeated BARLA and a France Schools side but lost to the England Academy team. The 2004 side featured future international Greg Inglis.

The 2005 side played a two games test series against the Junior Kiwis in Australia, winning the first game and losing the second. The team featured future Australian international stars Michael Jennings, David Taylor, Darius Boyd and Akuila Uate. In 2006, the Schoolboys toured Wales, England and France and went undefeated for the first time since 2001. Future representative players Israel Folau, Mitchell Pearce and Chris Lawrence were on the tour.

The Schoolboys then went undefeated on their 2007 tour of New Zealand, in 2008 against the touring England Academy and French Schools sides and in 2009 against the touring Great Britain Community Lions. Over the three years the side featured future first grade players Martin Kennedy, Kieran Foran, Lachlan Coote, Andrew McCullough, William Hopoate, Jamal Idris, Aaron Woods, Jason Taumalolo, Cheyse Blair and Joseph Leilua, amongst a host of others.


In 2010, the side toured England, Wales and France, winning 4 games and losing two (both to the England Academy). The squad featured future first graders Tautau Moga, Harry Siejka, and Jack Wighton.

In 2011, the Schoolboys toured New Zealand and played the Junior Kiwis twice, winning one game and losing one game. Richard Kennar, from Craigieburn Secondary College CAS, became the first Victorian player to play for the Australian Schoolboys.

The 2012 Schoolboys squad featured Mitchell Moses, the nephew of 1979 and 1981 schoolboy representative Ben Elias, and future first graders Dylan Walker and Kelepi Tanginoa.[3] The team defeated the touring England Academy squad in both their encounters, 43–10 in Canberra and 42–14 in Brisbane.[4]

The 2013 side toured New Zealand and featured Jackson Hastings, the son of Sydney Roosters great Kevin Hastings, and Sione Mata'utia, who would go on to make his senior international debut for Australia a year later, becoming Australia's youngest ever representative.[5]

The 2014 side was announced on 14 July and toured France and England in November and December of that year. The side played 7 games, winning 6 of them.[6] The side broke the record for biggest win by the Australian Schoolboys, defeating the Cumbria Combined Regional Academy 86–6.

In 2015, the Schoolboys hosted the touring New Zealand under-18 side, winning both games in the two-game series.[7]

In 2018, the Schoolboys toured England. On the first match of the tour the Schoolboys set a new biggest win record beating the England Colleges team 92–0.[8]


2023 Australian Schoolboys

  1. Matua Brown – The Cathedral College, Rockhampton
  2. Luke Laulilii – Westfields Sports High School
  3. Logan Aoake – St Francis Xavier's College
  4. Wilson Decourcey – Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown
  5. Nikora Williams – Endeavour Sports High School
  6. Lachlan Galvin – Westfields Sports High School
  7. Riley Pollard – St Dominic's College, Penrith
  8. Kaiden Lahrs – Kirwan State High School
  9. Xavier Caccitotti – Erindale College
  10. De La Salle Va’a – Marcellin Catholic College,Randwick
  11. Jezaiah Funa-iuta – Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield
  12. Jacob Halangahu – Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown
  13. Finau Latu – Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown
  14. Heath Mason – St Gregory's College Campbelltown
  15. Cody Hopwood – All Saints College, Maitland
  16. Loko Pasifiki-Tonga – Endeavour Sports High School
  17. Logan Spinks - Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School
  18. John Fineanganofo - Redcliffe State High School

Australian Schoolboys Team of the Century

On 19 September 2008, as a part of rugby league centenary celebrations, Australian Rugby League CEO Geoff Carr and ARL president Bruce Wallace announced the Australian Schoolboys Team of the Century.

  1. Tim Brasher (Grantham High School, NSWCHS)
  2. Andrew Ettinghausen (De La Salle Cronulla, NSWCCC)
  3. Mark Gasnier (Peakhurst High School, NSWCHS)
  4. Justin Hodges (Cairns State High, QSSRL)
  5. Greg Inglis (Wavell State High, QSSRL)
  6. Brad Fittler (McCarthy Senior High, NSWCCC)
  7. Greg Alexander (Patrician Brothers' Fairfield, NSWCCC)
  8. Craig Young (Corrimal High School, NSWCHS)
  9. Danny Buderus (St Francis Xavier's College NSWCCC)
  10. Les Boyd (Nyngan High School, NSWCHS)
  11. Steve Menzies (Narrabeen High, NSWCHS)
  12. Paul Sironen (Holy Cross Ryde, NSWCCC)
  13. Bradley Clyde (Hawker College ACT)
  14. Tonie Carroll (Beenleigh State High QSSRL)
  15. Ian Schubert (Wauchope High School, NSWCHS)
  16. Matthew Gidley (Glendale Technology High, NSWCHS)
  17. Brent Tate (Clontarf Beach State High QSSRL)


International representatives


State of Origin representatives

New South Wales



The current coach of the Australian Schoolboys team is Tim White, first grade coach at Holy Cross College, Ryde and NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) Rugby League Convenor.

  • Roy Masters 1972–1973
  • Ray Montgomery 1979–1980
  • Ray Pendrigh 1981
  • Bob McGuiness 1982
  • David Waite 1984, 1986
  • Geoff Snowden 1985
  • Arthur Sauverain 1988–1989
  • Bob Cullen 1990
  • Peter Sollis 1991–1992
  • Bruce Wallace 1993–1995
  • Brian Hetherington 1996–1997
  • Mark Greer 1998–1999
  • Michael McEntyre 2000–2002
  • Rod Patison 2003–2004
  • Simon Huntly 2005–2007
  • Brendan Barlow 2008–2010
  • Peter Denham 2011–2014
  • Brian Battese 2015-2016
  • Tony Adam 2017–2019
  • Tim White 2021–present

See also


  1. ^ "Schoolboys who have represented the Kangaroos – Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League – SportsTG". SportsTG.
  2. ^ "Schoolboys who have represented other Nations – Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League – SportsTG". SportsTG.
  3. ^ "2012 Australian Team Announced – Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League – SportsTG". SportsTG.
  4. ^ "2012 President's Report – Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League – SportsTG". SportsTG.
  5. ^ Newsum, Matt (17 May 2022). "Peter & Sione Mata'utia: The rugby league family who are 'living proof' of a way out of struggle". BBC.
  6. ^ "Teams and Results (1972 – 2017) – Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League – SportsTG". SportsTG.
  7. ^ "2015 – New Zealand – Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League – SportsTG". SportsTG.
  8. ^ "OurFootyTeam – The Home of Junior Rugby League – Junior rugby league news". Retrieved 26 November 2018.
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