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Australian Schools teams to play Tongan Schools

Australian Schools teams to play Tongan Schools

At last the selection process for two Australian School teams is over and two teams of 23 players have been chosen. Each team will play the visiting Tongan U/18 Schools team this week (see details below).

On Day 1 and Day 2 six selectors looked at all the games. Each had a specialist category — the front row, second row, back row, halves, centres, and back three. They had a secondary category to look at in case a boy could play lock or 6, flyhalf or fullback, and in one case hooker or flanker. Afterwards they looked at the players with six different overviews.

There is always contention about the selection treatment of players who have committed to league or are rumoured to have done so, or will do so.

I spoke to the ASRU President, Br Bob Wallace, during the tournament and he said that selectors pay no regard to this matter. He said that the ASRU philosophy is to give all lads a good rugby experience in the union code and if they ended up in league, so be it.

He said that a few years back they did things differently and lads had to declare one way or the other. It was a nightmare, and counter-productive.

He appreciated the views of others who said that spots should not be wasted on future league players but the selectors were basically all school teachers and they looked at things from a schools point of view, not that of the ARU or Wallabies. Naturally, they hope that many of the boys they picked go through to play for the Wallabies, but it was not their main purpose.

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS TEAM TO PLAY TONGAN U18 SCHOOLS
AT ST MARYS RL STADIUM, 14 JULY AT 6.00 PM

FIRST SURNAME SCHOOL TEAM
Jack Cornelsen Brisbane Grammar School QLD 1
Jack Dempsey St Ignatius College NSW 1
Lolo Fakaosilea Brisbane Boys College QLD 1
Andrew Ferris The Kings School NSW 2
Lalakai Foketi The Kings School NSW 2
Michael Gunn Anglican Church Grammar QLD 1
David Horwitz The Scots College NSW 1
Harry Jones The Kings School NSW 2
Siotame Kavapalu Rowville Secondary College VIC
Andrew Kellaway The Scots College NSW 1
Jake McIntyre Alstonville High School NSW 1
Neori Nadruku St Edmund’s College ACT
Cameron Orr Trinity Grammar School NSW 2
Matthew Philip St Augustine’s College NSW 2
Jonah Placid Toowoomba Grammar School QLD 1
Aaron Pleash Ipswich Grammar School QLD 1
Angus Pulver The Shore School CS
Andrew Robinson St Mary MacKillop College ACT
Harry Rorke St Ignatius College NSW 1
Moli Sooaemalelagi Roxburgh Park Sec College VIC
Jim Stewart The Scots College NSW 1
Mitchell Whiteley St Ignatius College NSW 1
Tom Wilson Barker College NSW 1

 

 AUSTRALIA A SCHOOLS TEAM TO PLAY TONGAN U18 SCHOOLS
AT ST IGNATIUS COLLEGE, RIVERVIEW, 11 JULY AT 2.30 PM

FIRST SURNAME SCHOOL TEAM
Adam Deck Toowoomba Grammar School QLD 2
Sam Greene Brisbane Grammar School QLD 1
Albert Hemopo Endeavour Sports High NSW 2
Monty Ioane Anglican Church Grammar QLD 1
Jack Johnson Waverley College NSW 1
Jake Kay Castle Hill School NSW 2
Adam Korczyk Brisbane State High School QLD 1
Junior Laloifi Lalor Secondary College VIC
Tim Manns Downlands College QLD 2
Tanne Milne Newington College NSW 1
Fabian Natoli St Augustine’s College NSW 1
Montana O’Neill Marist College ACT
John Porch Farrar MAHS NSW 2
Francois Postal St Joseph’s Nudgee College QLD 2
Philip Potgieter Toowoomba Grammar School QLD 2
Daniel Preen Ipswich Grammar School CS
Oscar Pryor-Lees Newington College NSW 1
Niua Puaka St Kevin’s College VIC
Jackson McCalman The Kings School NSW 2
Tomas Robertson St Joseph’s College NSW 2
Dylan Sikimeti St Joseph’s Nudgee College QLD 1
Ben Tarr The Southport School QLD 2
Jack Tuttle St Joseph’s Nudgee College QLD 1
 

As usual there were a few controversies, but having seen all the Div I games I think, give or take a couple of names, that the selectors have done a good job. They were spoiled for choice this year in the centres and back three, but although were some outstanding individuals in other areas, they must have struggled to come up with the right names for a few spots.

The selection process is not over because there is a touring party to Fiji and New Zealand in September to consider. There will be 28 players named for the tour and performances against Tonga will be key for the boys. Before then players will no doubt be injured and some who missed the Tonga games because of injury will be available. There will be changes and omissions.

Once on tour the process of selecting the Oz Schools starting team to play NZ Schools will begin as players are moved around to or from the bench or rested in lead up games.

Let’s kick Kiwi butt again this year, guys.

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