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Queensland Red claimed the National Under 16 Rugby Championship in convincing style today, after defeating New South Wales Schools 31-7 in Sydney to claim the Rod Macqueen Shield.
It’s the third consecutive year a Queensland team has won the Division 1 title, with the winning team featuring family connections to Wallabies, including Wallaby Tim Horan’s son, Alex, and Angus Scott-Young who is the son of Wallaby Sam Scott-Young.
In a display of top quality running Rugby, four Queensland Red players scored five tries on their way to a dominant victory, with New South Wales Schools scoring a converted try towards the end of the match to get on the scoreboard.
In a further vote of confidence in Queensland junior Rugby, Centre Izaia Perese from Anglican Church Grammar School, was named Player of the Tournament for Division 1.
In Division 2, the John Eales Shield was won by the National Indigenous team, who scored five tries, including two intercepts, to win 33-14 against South Australia.
The National Indigenous team’s Centre Ngangarra Barker, from Hunter Sports High, was named Player of the Tournament for Division 2. Barker’s scoring ability was a highlight of the tournament, scoring at least one try in every game and a try and two conversions in the final.
Western Australia and Victoria competed for the Nick Farr-Jones Shield, which is awarded to the team that wins the bottom half of the Division 1 draw in fifth place. Victoria won 36-17.
The National Under 16 Rugby Championship is an annual event overseen by the Australian Rugby Union to help to develop elite talent in Australian Rugby.
Other awards announced on the final day of competition:
· Nigel Jerome Stiffe Memorial Trophy – Team Management Award: Michael Pini (ACT)
· Tony Lacaze Memorial Shield – Best Referee Award: Paul Haydock
1. Queensland Red
2. New South Wales Schools
3. Sydney Juniors
4. Queensland White
6. Western Australia
7. NSW Country
8. ACT Brumbies
1. National Indigenous
2. South Australia
3. Northern Territory