Melbourne Rebels flanker Sean McMahon has been named captain of the Australian U20 rugby union team ahead of the IRB Junior World Championships in New Zealand next week.
McMahon, who has been a standout for the Rebels this season and is becoming a key part to the team, has the most Super Rugby experience in the Australian squad with 12 Rebels caps to his name.
At only 19 years of age, McMahon has shown plenty of promise this year with his energy, quick tackling abaility, and willingness to break the lines to gain extra metres.
“It’s an honour to captain my country, and hopefully we can go over to Auckland and do well in the tournament,” McMahon said. “I haven’t been captain on many occasions; a little bit at school, but that’s about it.
“It will hopefully be a good experience and something new I can bring back here and help with my progress in Super Rugby.”
The Queenslander played for the Australia Schoolboys team in 2011 while also becoming the youngest ever player to play for the Australia Rugby Sevens side. McMahon also played at the Junior World Championships in 2012 as a 17 year-old.
Fellow Melbourne Rebels teammate Lalakai Foketi is also in the squad and has been named vice-captain, alongside Brumbies lock Tom Stainforth.
Foketi made his debut for the Rebels off the bench in last weekends clash with the Waratahs, and is another promising talent to emerge from the Rebels squad.
He has had a similar path to McMahon, having represented the Australian Schoolboys team and also played in past Junior World Championships.
The 2014 IRB Junior World Championships is to be played in Auckland, New Zealand and will begin on June 2 and finish on June 20 with the final at Eden Park.
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