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By ARU Media Unit
The best of the best Australian Schoolboy players will this week meet at St Ignatius College Riverview, Sydney for the Australian Schoolboy Championships.
The six-day tournament will also provide players with their last chance to impress selectors before the announcement of the Australian Schoolboys representative side, which will play against trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand Schools, in October this year.
Australian Rugby Union General Manager Development Pathways Ben Whitaker was pleased to see the tournament kick off for 2014.
“The Australian Schoolboys program has been an important cog in the Australian Rugby Elite pathway wheel for many years.”
“It’s always an exciting prospect looking for the Australian Rugby stars of tomorrow in events like this.”
“This tournament will provide an excellent opportunity for sides to be exposed to challenging, exciting Rugby,” he said.
Australian Schoolboys Executive Officer Andrew Elliot said the 2014 Championships will provide a great opportunity for students to enhance their Rugby development in a competitive tournament structure on and off the field.
“The Australian Schoolboy Rugby program is one the best schoolboy Rugby programs in the world. Schools from right across Australia continue to support the development of the next generation of Rugby talent.
Teams will compete across two divisions with a National Indigenous side also participating in the tournament.
The tournament will culminate with the finals to be played on Saturday 5 July with the Championship Final to commence at 12.45pm AEST.
The Australian Schoolboy side for 2014 will be announced after the conclusion of the Championship Final.
· Australian Capital Territory
· New South Wales II
· Queensland I
· Western Australia
· CS (Combined States)
· Queensland II
· New South Wales I
· Victoria I
· National Indigenous
· Northern Territory
· South Australia
· Victoria II
The Championship is being supported by the NSW Government which has generously provided $15,000 in funding for the event through the NSW Sport and Recreation Events Program.