Former Alstonville/Wollongbar rugby player, Ben Corindas.
Former Alstonville/Wollongbar rugby player, Ben Corindas. The Northern Star

Coridas' Wallabies end fifth

FORMER Wollongbar-Alstonville rugby union player Ben Coridas finished his campaign with the junior Wallabies with a 42-21 win over France early yesterday morning.

Australia led 30-0 at the break and survived a second-half fightback from France to finish a credible fifth place in the inaugural IRB Junior World Championship at Cardiff Arms Park in Wales.

The win secured the 105kg flanker and his Australian Under-20s team-mates a reputation as one of the better teams of the competition.
 
After sitting out Australia's opening 81-12 demolition of Canada, Coridas, 20, made his debut in their second-round 53-17 win over Fiji.

Despite playing just three matches with Sydney club Eastwood since returning from a knee reconstruction, Coridas formed a new-look backrow with Western Force flanker David Pocock and Seilala Lam.

Coridas played in four of Australia's five matches in the tournament including their 32-0 win over Samoa.
 
Pre-tournament favourites the Baby Blacks, New Zealand's junior team, went on to win the tournament with a comfortable 38-3 win over England in the final.

In the third-place play-off match, South Africa beat Wales 43-18.


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