Roosters youngsters will represent Australia

NRL club Sydney Roosters will provide the players who will represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland this summer.

The Roosters youngsters are the champions of New South Wales, winning the SG Ball final against Penrith Panthers. They did lose to Queensland state champions Townsville Stingers in the national final.

The young players are currently representing their junior clubs in local competitions, before coming together as a squad a again for the inaugral Commonwealth Games 9s competition.

ARL Head of Performance Gareth Holmes will manage the squad, with the Roosters providing coaching and medical staff. Anthony Barnes will coach the squad, assisted by Sam Bouzounis.

The young Australians will be favourite for the gold medal, but will have to come through a group stage first which includes host nation Scotland. Wales and Jamaica complete the Group A line-up.

All games will be played at the Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld over two days, with the event having been nominated as part of the Homecoming Scotland festival of cultural events.

Entry to the Commonwealth Games 9s is free, for both days.

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