Representative Honours: Australian Schools 2009, Australian Under 20s (2010-2011)
The son of former Samoan Test prop Tevita ‘David’ Sio; SCOTT SIO realised his dream of playing for the Qantas Wallabies in 2013 at just 21 years of age.
It has been a rapid rise for Sio since making his Super Rugby debut in 2012 with the Sydney-born youngster capping an incredible second year of professional Rugby with a Super Rugby Final appearance and his Test debut.
Sio was named in the Qantas Wallabies squad to take on the British & Irish Lions in June and while he didn’t make it into the match-day 23 in the Tests, he was released to the Brumbies for their clash, starting in their historic win over the tourists.
He was given another opportunity to push for his Test debut following the Super Rugby season, as he was named in new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie’s extended 40-man squad for The Rugby Championship.
Sio impressed McKenzie enough to earn selection in Australia’s opening four Test matches of the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship, including his debut against New Zealand in Sydney.
It has been a whirlwind four years for Sio since his gained selection in the Australian Schools team in 2009.
The Brumbies prop is one of 12 players from that team, which toured the United Kingdom and Ireland, to have subsequently graced Super Rugby ranks, with Sio taking his maiden bow for the Brumbies in 2012.
Of Samoan heritage, Sio was born in Sydney while his father was away with Manu Samoa on that country’s maiden Rugby World Cup participation in Europe in 1991.
Sio played as a loose forward during his School’s career, following a similar pathway to Qantas Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu, in finding his way into the front-row once his schooling finished.
He made the conversion to propping while a member of the NSW Academy, turning out in the front-row for Northern Suburbs in the Sydney Shute Shield competition. A try out for the Brumbies followed, allowing Sio to make his Super Rugby debut against the Sharks in Canberra while on a development contract last term.
Although still learning his trade in the scrum, Sio impressed enough to earn a full contract this year and has quickly rewarded the Brumbies for their faith. As well as his raw power, Sio has exhibited the work rate of a loose forward, both in his defensive work and with ball in hand.
Sio is a product of Sydney’s Trinity Grammar School and is the first player from that institution to have graced Super Rugby since his Brumbies team-mate, powerhouse No.8 Fotu Auelua, made the grade.