National Schoolboy Championships

The National Schoolboy Championships are the highest level of U18 year old state representation and competition in Australia. The National Schoolboy Championships are administered by the Australian Schools Rugby Union (ASRU). The ARU and ARU High Performance Unit are involved through the program including funding, programs scheduling, refereeing, coaching and selection.
The Championships comprise of a Division 1 and Division 2 competitions. The annual Championships are played at various venues across the country and include the following state and territory teams:
Division 1
ACT, NSW1, NSW2, QLD1, QLD2, WA, VIC, Combined States
Division 2
SA, NT, TAS, National Indigenous
Division 1 teams will play four matches concluding with a final and play offs over a 6-7 day competition. The Division 2 teams play four matches concluding with a final and play off over 6 days of competition.
All players are provided valuable off field education as part of the championships program.
Each state and territory team has a process for selection that includes school level, association and regional representative trial programs. The Combines States team is a selection of players that missed selection in their respective Division 1 teams and provides added opportunity for players to achieve Australian Schoolboys selection.
The Championships crown a national champion team at Division 1 and Division 2 level whilst also being the final selection trials for the Australian schoolboys and Australia ‘A’ Schoolboys representative teams. Many players from these Championships will graduate to higher level development and representative programs.

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