On the 21st of August the English U/18 Academy team took on the might of the Australian Schoolboy�s side, a rarely challenged international team which was selected on the individual performances of players at the Australian Secondary School championships; a competition where Singapore National Coach, Tony Ashton was in charge of the Victorian State team.
The venue for the historic match was St.Mary�s Western Weekender Stadium. England was coming off the back of a drawn series in New Zealand and could call upon a recent whitewash of the Australians in 2002 as inspiration.
England started the game off in fine fashion, going into a commanding 12-0 lead after 10 minutes of play. The Aussies fought back and went into the break 18-12 in front. The 2nd half started like the first with England scoring 2 quick tries to take back the lead to 24 - 18. The England team potted a field goal in the 55th minute to go to a 25-18 lead. Australia hit back with another try to take the scores to 25-24. England later sealed the game with 2 late tries to win the match 33-24 in there first ever win against the Australians on Australian soil.