Qantas Wallabies prop Scott Sio has signed with the North Harbour Rays
QANTAS Wallabies prop Scott Sio will use the early rounds of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship with the Macquarie Uni North Harbour Rays to get his game in order before Rugby World Cup 2015.
The 23-year-old Sio agreed to join the Rays for a short stint before he hopefully, joins the Wallabies heading to Chicago for a Test against the USA Eagles and then on to the Rugby World Cup in the UK.
His playing schedule means that he will be available to the Rays for up to three games and head coach Geoff Townsend was excited to be able to work with the young Brumbies tyro.
Sio played for one of the Rays’ feeder clubs, Northern Suburbs before linking with the Brumbies two seasons ago and has watched the Rays and the NRC mature over the past 12 months.
“This is an important competition for Australian rugby to have and I am looking forward to helping out the Rays and being able to get some game time,” Sio said.
“I watched a number of the Vikings games last year in Canberra while I was rehabbing my ankle (after an operation) and the standard is very, very good.
“In coming weeks I’ll get down and say g’day to the guys and work out with the coaching staff what my role will be in those early weeks of the NRC.”
Sio comes from good rugby stock with his father David (Tavi) having played for the Western Samoa side that made such an impression at Rugby World Cup 1991.
Brother Patrick, who has played at Northern Suburbs and Eastwood in recent seasons, has just taken up a contract to play in France with Stade Francais.
Sisters Anna and Tina has also embarked on their rugby careers in recent times and are playing with the Two Blues women’s side coached by their father David.
“Having Scotty on board at the start of the season will be great for our playing group,” Townsend said.
“He’s strong at scrumtime and he loves to carry the ball and does it well so we will be drawing on those skills.
“Just as importantly his experience in a program like the Brumbies will give our guys an idea of what it takes to make it in a professional environment.”
Sio will more thank likely be available for the Rays season opener on Saturday, August 22 at Manly Oval against the Sydney Stars.
This game will have a 3pm kick-off and plans are in train for a number of major promotions in and around the game including having the great Sydney universities teams playing for a perpetual trophy.
The first game at Rat Park will be on Saturday, September 26 against the University of Canberra Vikings. This game will also have a family-friendly 3pm kickoff.
The other game at Manly Oval will be a broadcast game against the Melbourne Rising on Thursday, September 3 at 7.30pm while Rat Park will feature as the venue for the game against Queensland Country on Saturday, October 10 with a 3pm kickoff.
The Rays will feature in three broadcast games – v the Melbourne Rising on September 3, v Brisbane City on September 10 and v the Greater Sydney Rams on October 1.
The Rays NRC franchise is a joint venture of the Gordon, Manly, Northern Suburbs and Warringah clubs.