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Australian Schoolboys set off on Grand Slam Tour of UK and Ireland

  
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11/20/2013


Thirty Schoolboys from across Australia, aged between 16 and 18 years, have embarked on a Rugby experience of a lifetime, jetting off to the UK and Ireland for a once in four year Grand Slam Tour.
 
The 30-man squad flew to London late last night and will be billeted and hosted by local families so they can gain an educational understanding of the area, learning about the history and culture, as well as benefitting from the exposure to international Rugby.
 
The team includes players selected from the Australian Schoolboys and Australia A side following the Macquarie Bank Schools Rugby Tri Nations Series against Fiji and New Zealand in September and October this year.
 
The Aussie touring side's first warm-up match will take place this Friday 22 November against a Wales A team in Neath.
 
They will then take on Wales on Thursday 28 November, before heading to Cardiff to support the Qantas Wallabies when they tackle Wales in their final Spring Tour match at Millennium Stadium on Saturday 30 November.
 
The schedule then includes games against the Ospreys on 1 December, England on 4 December, Scotland on 8 December, Leinster Schools on 11 December, Ireland on 14 December and finally Munster Schools on 17 December, before heading home in time for Christmas.
 
Travelling to England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland with an itinerary packed full of training and sightseeing, the tour will offer the Schoolboys the chance to experience the international travelling perks of Rugby.
 
The Australian Schoolboys Tour to the UK and Ireland dates back to 1973. Occurring once every four years, the month-long, eight-game tour against UK and Ireland based teams is a unique and rewarding opportunity for the young Australian Rugby hopefuls.
 
Coach, Stephen Philpotts and Assistant Coach, Tim Rapp, both former Australian Schoolboy representatives, led the Aussie Schools side that beat New Zealand Schools in Auckland in 2012 and this year's Australian Schoolboys team that just missed out on the Tri Nations victory, losing by one point to New Zealand.
 
With an endless list of big name Wallabies, including Tim Horan, Michael Lynagh, Jason Little, Phil Waugh, David Pocock and Christian Leali'ifano, starting their international Rugby careers in the Australian Schoolboys program, there's no doubt some of this year's Schoolboys representatives may also pull on the Gold jersey in a few years' time.
 
Rugby fans can follow the Australian Schoolboys journey on the 2013 Grand Slam Tour of the UK and Ireland with regular updates and match results on the @ARU_Community Twitter account.
 
For more information on the Australian Schools Rugby Union visit their website by CLICKING HERE

MATCH SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Location

Kick off (local time)

22 November

Wales A

Neath, Wales

1530

27 November 

Wales

Neath, Wales

1915

1 December

Ospreys

Bridgend, Wales

1230

4 December

England

Middlesex, England

1300

8 December   

Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

1430

11 December 

Leinster

Donnybrook, Ireland

1900

14 December 

Ireland

Belfast, Ireland

1430

17 December

Munster

Limerick, Ireland

1700

 

MACQUARIE BANK AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS SQUAD TO TOUR THE UNITED KINGDOM & IRELAND

NAME

SCHOOL

Joshua Anderson

Oakhill College, NSW

Lachlan Cannell

Newington College, NSW

Andrew Deegan

St Joseph’s College, NSW

Junior Fakaosilea

St Patrick’s College, QLD

Vunipola Fifita

Newington College, NSW

Evander Guttenbeil

The Southport School, QLD

Ned Hanigan

St Joseph’s College, NSW

Adrian Henley

Trinity Anglican School, QLD

Henry Hutchison

St Ignatius’ College, NSW

Maclean Jones

St Joseph’s Nudgee College, QLD

Andrew Kellaway

The Scots College, NSW

Douglas MacMillan

Anglican Church Grammar, QLD

Alex Mafi

St Joseph’s Nudgee College, QLD

Campbell Magnay

St Joseph’s Nudgee College, QLD

Jack McCalman

The Kings School, NSW

Connal McInerney

Erindale College, ACT

Taane Milne

Newington College, NSW

Tepai Moeroa

Newington College, NSW

Keith Morgan

St Edmund's College, ACT

David Morris

Newington College, NSW

Fereti Saaga

Thornbury High, VIC

Matthew Sandell

St Joseph’s College, NSW

Faaope Satui

Trinity Grammar School, NSW

Mitchell Short

The Scot's College, NSW

Moses Sorovi

St Peter’s Lutheran College, QLD

Siuta Tai

Marist College Canberra, ACT

Mitch Third

The Southport School, QLD

James Todd

Ipswich Grammar School, QLD

James Tuttle

St Joseph’s Nudgee College, QLD

Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco

Endeavour Sports High School, NSW

 

STAFF

 

Mr Paul Geddes 

Manager

Mr Stephen Phillpotts

Coach

Mr Tim Rapp 

Assistant Coach

Mr John Rownes

Assistant Manager

Dr Chris Thomas

Doctor

Mr William Maher

Physiotherapist

Mr Andy Clark

Technical Assistant

Mr Simon Harries

S&C Coach

 

 

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