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By Community Rugby, ARU Media Unit
Ten Rugby-playing Students from the Southport School on the Gold Coast were last week gifted the ultimate lesson in the game, training alongside the Qantas Wallabies on their home turf.
Ranging from 15-18, some of Southport's finest got the chance many Australian kids dream about each day.. to go toe-to-toe with a Wallaby.
The boys, listed below, took part in a range of drills overlooked by Qantas Wallabies coaches Robbie Deans and Jim Williams, with many of the boys also put through their paces by assistant and special coaches for the national side.
- David Henaway, 16
- John Simmons, 16
- Josh McHugh, 18
- Anthony Vassiliades, 17
- Harry McCallum, 16
- Sam Clifton, 16
- Oscar Millroys, 17
- Vincent Cooney, 16
- Matthew Fairnington, 18
- Zac Potter, 17
- Dom Paranthoiene, 16
- Brendan Elliot, 17
- Campbell Wakeley, 17
- Mitch Third, 15
- Lachlan Duncan, 16
- Nicholas Oui, 18
- Sam Fattal, 17
It wasn't just the playing roster, however, which had a range of new faces through out with four of Southport's Junior Rugby players also gifted a chance to join the coaching team and shadow some of Australia's best Rugby brains around the paddock.
• Matthew Grant
• Sol Budinger
• Matthew Vertullo
• Sam Payne
Thoughts of a Parent, from the sideline:
My son ... was given the opportunity of a lifetime on Monday afternoon to be waterboy for the Wallabies.
All 4 boys chosen had a wonderful time but I know for Matthew it was like winning the lottery. The look on his face, his smile, for a couple of hours he walked and talked with giants!! His heores, he grew 10 foot tall. The Wallabies were wonderful to the boys, talking to them, interacting with them and having their photos taken, then at the end of the day as if it couldn't have got any better, Quade Cooper and a couple of others put up some high bombs for Matt to catch, which he did and they all clapped. He didn't stop talking all evening and he spoke of each wallaby he'd spoken to as if they were best mates. The whole afternoon is what dreams are made of.
So, a thousand thank you's for the incredible opportunity, I myself (long time wallaby fan) enjoyed it all as well and tucking Matt into bed that night, I was a very happy, very proud mum
The IRB has announced its match officials list for the second stage of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships overnight, with two Australians appointed to referee two of the games in New Zealand on Sunday.
We’re excited to announce that Australian Rugby will be moving to a new online system for national competition management and participant registration for the 2014 Rugby Sevens season and the 2015 club Rugby season.
We’re set for an exciting year with plenty to look forward to in 2014, including our Qantas Men’s Sevens team competing in the Commonwealth Games (July), the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France (August) and the launch of a new domestic competition – the National Rugby Championship (August).