Teddy Wilson named as Junior Wallabies captain

Tue, May 23, 2023, 12:55 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson

NSW Waratahs scrumhalf Teddy Wilson has been announced as Junior Wallabies captain for 2023.

Wilson will lead the side in a two-match series against the New Zealand U20s next week before the squad heads to South Africa for the U20 World Championships.

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The son of former Wallaby David made his debut for the Waratahs last year, making six appearances off the bench.

He also went on the Australia A tour of Japan last year, excited to take on the world as the Championships return for the first time since 2019.

"It's a huge honour to captain the Junior Wallabies and it's something I will remember for a very long time," he said.

"Getting asked to lead the team came as a bit of a surprise but I'm extremely grateful to Greysie (Nathan Grey) and the coaching staff for giving me this opportunity.

"As captain I want to lead by my actions both in training and in games, while also setting a positive example off the field.

"As a team we're fully focused on going to South Africa and winning the World Championship.

"We're a really tight group, with a good mix of experienced players and new faces, and we all share a genuine belief that we can get it done."

Junior Wallabies head coach Nathan Grey believes it was a straight-forward decision to go with the half, pointing to his exceptional communication and leadership qualities.

"Teddy possesses an excellent skillset for his position and his no-nonsense attitude and highly competitive nature mean he is well respected amongst his peers," Grey added.

"As a strong communicator who also leads through his actions, he is the perfect guy to take charge of our side.

"This year he's been delivering with his performances for Easts in the Shute Shield and whenever he gets an opportunity with the Waratahs.

"Teddy has the support of an extended group of leaders in the squad, who as a collective, will drive the standards they themselves established as they set about representing aspiring young Rugby players across Australia."