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University celebrate their long and successful history against table toppers GPS

  
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5/22/2013
By QRU Media


Two of Australian Rugby’s oldest clubs will face off on Saturday as University of Queensland hosts new competition leaders GPS in the fourth Queensland Premier Rugby Heritage Round at St.Lucia.
 
GPS hosted their own Heritage Round and capped off their historic celebration by knocking off competition leaders Brother 10-6 in a hard fought battle at the weekend and University will hope that the atmosphere of their own Heritage Round celebrations will add to Saturday’s occasion.
 
University Rugby Club was founded in 1911 and since then the club has seen several thousands of young men and women enjoy the game of Rugby on the hollowed turf of the clubs’ St.Lucia base.
 
University Heritage Round Video Feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T8sv4R1jgA
 
The ‘Red Heavies’, as they are affectionately known, are the most decorated Queensland Premier Rugby club, having won 29 ‘A’ Grade titles including 27 Queensland Rugby premierships.
 
Many of the clubs former players, coaches and members have gone on to have a lasting impact on the Australian Rugby landscape.
 
The club has produced many elite coaches including former Super Rugby coach and Australian Rugby High Performance Unit Manager David Nucifora, Queensland Reds coaches Mark McBain and Jeff Miller, and Wallabies coaches Jake Howard and the late Bob Templeton.
 
Past players including Norbert Byrne, David Crombie, Dick Marks, Leo Williams, David Usasz, and Steve Wilson have also made a mark on the game with their time served on the boards of the Queensland Rugby Union and/or the Australian Rugby Union.
 
2012 was a memorable year for University defeating defending Premiers Sunnybank 46-20 to claim the 2012 Hospital Cup. The University Colts also had a stellar 2012 season claiming the Premier Colts, Colts 1 and Colts 2 division premierships.
 
The success across the board for University in 2012 allowed them to rightfully claim the Doughty Shield (QRU Club Championship) for the third year running.
 
University has nurtured many players on their way to further Rugby honours, with over 200 players going on to represent Queensland and 66 to the Wallabies, nine as captain.
 
Some of Rugby’s finest have graced the playing fields of St.Lucia including former Queensland and Australian greats Mark Loane, Bill Ross, Jeff Miller, Greg Martin, Andrew McIntyre, Geoff Shaw, Michael Lynagh and Nathan Sharpe.
 
The club currently has a number of players featuring in the Queensland Reds squad including James Horwill (Captain), Rod Davies, Jono Lance, Mike Harris, Luke Morahan, James Hanson, and David McDuling in the regular squad, Kevin Davis in the Extended Playing Squad, and Reds College member Curtis Browning.
 
University have struggled with consistency so far in 2013 but have had five wins with a number of four-try bonus points securing themselves fourth place on the ladder.
 
The team has seen a number of changes in the backline with Blake Miles the third starting flyhalf coach Mick Heenan has used so far this season, and Heenan was pleased with his performance against Souths.
 
“Blake had a solid game on the weekend, he is a tough player with good skills,” said Heenan.
 
Despite the ever changing line up, the team still has the ability to score points and the return of 2012 Grand Final winger Elliott Hagen has provided the team with four tries from the last two games.
 
“Elliot has been very good for us over the last few years and while he’s still not quite back to full capacity, he is still a very dangerous player,” Heenan said.
 
Outside back Tom Pincus has proven a worthy pick for Heenan, racking up an individual tally of 23 points against Souths in the Red Heavies 43-33 win, including two tries, one penalty and an impressive five conversions.
 
“Tom will factor into the side somewhere this week either at wing or outside, he’s a very good goal kicker and ran some good support lines in attack against Souths,” said Heenan.
Pincus will prove to be a key player moving forward for the club as they are still awaiting the return of mainstay backs David Burns and Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.
 
In the forward pack, University has turned to the likes of 2012 Australian Schoolboy representatives Adam Korczyk and Jack Cornelsen, son of former Wallaby great Greg Cornelsen, in just their first year out of high school.
 
The two have been performing well around the field and have been aided by the tutelage of University veteran captain Tim Buchanan.
 
“Jack has improved over the last few weeks and played his best game yet on the weekend, while Adam has been really good for us so far this year and for a young bloke, he has had a good physical presence,” Heenan said.
 
“The boys are definitely benefitting from the playing alongside Tim (Buchanan), he is helping to hold the team together at the moment and we definitely lost some structure in defence and around the ruck last week when he went off.”
 
Heenan realises the challenge his team faces this weekend as they take on undefeated GPS, and as a former Red Heavy player himself, Heenan is excited to coach his team in their Heritage Round clash.
 
“Jeeps will be a fairly tough nut to crack defensively, they play good percentage football and put good pressure on the opposition,” he said.
 
“It will be a challenge for us to stand up to that and cut down on our own errors and make sure our set piece is solid and our defence stands up.
 
“It’s an honour to be coaching University, when you look back at the people who were coaching in and around the club, even when I was playing with the likes of Chris Roche and Bob Templeton involved, it gives you a sense of history about the club.”
 
University of Queensland Rugby Football Club
Queensland Representatives
E.G.AHERN, M.H. ALP, M.A.ANDERSON, C.W.LYONS, E.T.ANNING, R.J.ATKINSON, S.J.BARRY, P.G.BATCH, T.J.BATCH, T.BAXTER, C.W.BECCONSALL, D.J.BEDGOOD, K.R.BELL, Dr F.L.BENNETT,  J.R.BOAST, F.M.BREW, P.BRIDGMAN, A.D.BROWN, B.C.BROWN, B.M.BROWN, B.R.BROWN,  G.D.BROWN, C.BROWNING, I.P. BRUSASCO, R.P.BURGESS, R.L.CANTAMESSA, K.M.CARMICHAEL, J.P.CARROLL, V.J.CARROLL, E.J.CHANNER, M.J.CHAPMAN, R.D.CHESTER, J.G.CLARK, P.A.CLARK, R. CLARK, I.E.CLARKE, V.C.CLARKSON, P.J.G.MORRIS, D.C. CONNERS,  M.T.COOK, D.P.COOKE, R.A.COOKE,  T.G.COURT,  J.M.CREAGH,  D.C.CROMBIE,  J.D.CRUICE, B.P.DAVIES, R.DAVIES, P.L.DIXON, Dr K.J.DONALD,  B.T.DONNELLAN, D.DULEY, H.A.DUNN, J.F.DUNSDON,  F.J.DYSON,  C.C.ESTWICK, R.G.FINEMORE,  E.FRANCIS, S.FRANCIS, D.D.FRANZMANN, L.GALL, B.G.GALLIGAN, W.J.GANNON,  A.E.A.GIRLE,  R.L.GOODE, N.M.GOW, J.D.GRAHAM, S.C.GREGORY, V.GRENNING, J.GUERASSIMOFF,  J.J.HALFERTY, D.M.HALL, G.HALL, N.L.HALL, R.HAMILTON, J.A.HAMILTON, V.M.HANCOCK, J. HANSON, M.HARRIS, W.I.HATHERELL, T.P. HEMPENSTALL, B.A.HERZIG, H.T.HICKEY, M.D.HOOD, J.E.HORWILL,  P.W. HOWARD, J.M. HULBERT, P.J.HYNES, P.M. JAMES, K.S.JENNINGS, D.JOHNSTONE, B.L.KASSULKE, N.T.KASSULKE, R.KENT, M.C.KNOWLES, J.LANCE, Dr K.K.LARKIN, T.LAWTON, C.Q.F.LEE, C.P.LILLICRAP, T.E.LINDENMAYER N.A.LLOYD, Dr M.E.LOANE, L.J.LOWTH M.P.LYNAGH, M.A.MAGUIRE, R.C.S.MANNING, T.J.MANTEIT, R.J.P.MARKS, W.G.MARLES, G.J.MARTIN, N.C.MAYNE, B.J.MacNISH, D.L.MacCALLUM, K.McCASKER, S.P.McCREADY, L.C.McDERMOTT, W.F.McDONNELL, J.P.McGRATH, E.F.McGUINNESS, J.L.McINERNEY, A.J.McINTYRE, R.J.McNAMARA, L.G.McNICHOLL, P.B.McNICHOLL, J.M.MEANEY, R.I.MILLER, D.J.MILLER, J.S.MILLER,F.MINES,J.C.F.MINNIS, D.A.MITCHELL, C.I.A.MONTI, S.T.MOORE, L.J.MORAHAN, R.P.T.MORONEY, W.MORRISON, D.T.MURPHY, B.P.NASSER, V.M.NICHOLSON, G.J.NOON, D.V.NUCIFORA, E.E.O'BRIEN, Dr J.M.O'NEILL, G.D.OHLRICH, M.B.PALM, A.J.PARKER, D.J.PARKER, J.S.PATANE, G.J.PEARSON, R.T.POTTER, Dr C.J.PRIMMER, I.G.PRIOR, T.REES, D.ROBERTSON, C.ROCHE, J.ROE, I.D.ROSS, W.S.ROSS,  A.W.L.ROW, S.J.ROWLEY, T.J.RYAN, R.B.SALTER, G.J.SANDERS, N.C.SHARPE, G.A.SHAW, G.J.SHEARER, Dr A.G.R.SHEIL, G.SHEIL, G.SHEPERDSON, P.J.SLATTERY, P.G.SOUTHWELL, J.P.STAFFORD, N.B.STILES, D.A.TAYLOR, R.G.TEITZEL, J.R.THOMPSON, R.K.TRIVETT, J.C.TULLY, S.M.TWEEDY, J.J.VALENTINE, R.P.VEDELAGO, F.R.VINCENT, P.F.VINCENT, K.G.T.WALLER, W.G.S.WHITE, F.J.WHYATT, D.J.WILLIAMS, L.G.WILLIAMS,  Dr C.R.WILSON,  J.C.WILSON, V.W.WILSON, Dr J.C.WINDSOR, J.C.WINDSOR, K.C.WINNING,  J.K.WOLFE, C.H.WOODWARD
 
Queensland Womens Representatives
D.AIKEN, J.BEARD, M.BOCHMAN, C.BOULTON, T.BROWN, K.BUCHOLZ, N.BUTLER, M.CUMMINS, J.CUTTS, K.DONNELLY, H.DYER, M.GLADWIN, S.HIND, P.ILI, K.KAPITSKE, K.KING M.KEARNEY, K.KILPATRICK, B.LAIDLAW, A.NEAGLE, K.POLLARD, T.SALA, R.SIULEPA, E.STOKES, N.WANROOY, A.WATSON, L.WILKES, K.WILSON
 
Australian Representatives
E.FRANCIS, T.LAWTON, J.G.CLARK, P.A.CLARK, F.J.WHYATT, W.G.S.WHITE, V.W.WILSON, C.I.A.MONTI, V.M.NICHOLSON, J.C.WINDSOR, K.C.WINNING, C.J.PRIMMER, W.I.HATHERELL, J.M.O'NEILL, A.G.R.SHEIL, K.J.DONALD, C.R.WILSON, P.M.JAMES, K.K.LARKIN, T.BAXTER, R.T.POTTER, L.C.McDERMOTT, R.J.P.MARKS, J.GUERASSIMOFF, J.K.WOLFE, R.K.TRIVETT, R.G.TEITZEL, R.C.S.MANNING, D.C.CROMBIE, D.A.TAYLOR, S.C.GREGORY, K.R.BELL, B.R.BROWN, M.E.LOANE, P.G.BATCH, W.S.ROSS, G.A.SHAW, D.M.HALL, A.J.PARKER, A.J.McINTYRE, C.ROCHE, M.P.LYNAGH, J.S.MILLER, C.P.LILLICRAP, N.T.KASSULKE, M.T.COOK, G.J.MARTIN, B.P.NASSER, M.B.PALM, P.J.SLATTERY, D.V.NUCIFORA, P.L.HOWARD, F.J.DYSON, N.B.STILES, N.C.SHARPE, D.A.MITCHELL, S.T.MOORE, J.VALENTINE, M.CHAPMAN, J.HORWILL, R. DAVIES, L. MORAHAN, M. HARRIS, J. HANSON
 
Wallaroos Representative
D.AIKEN, M.BOCHMAN, C.BOULTON, T.BROWN, K.BUCHOLZ, C.DAVOREN, K.DONNELLY, M.GLADWIN, P.ILI, B.LAIDLAW, L.WILKES

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