Mate against mate - from the same state - to decide first URC winner

U19 Rugby Championship
by Sarah Friend

It'll be mate against mate - but not state against state - when the final of the inaugural Under 19 Rugby Championship sees an all-Queensland affair at Viking Park in Canberra.

Following undefeated campaigns from both in the week-long URC tournament, Queensland Country and Brisbane City will do battle for the crown on Friday and they'll be more than familiar with the players in their respective opposition.

Both Brisbane and Queensland Country are made up of rising young stars of Queensland rugby, who've spent the winter clashing in Queensland premier rugby colts and/or first grade. 

“We know them pretty well, obviously the boys have played against each other all season and it’s great having an all Queensland grand final," said Brisbane City coach Damon Virtue.

City will be led by Isaac Lucas, the younger brother or Tom, Matt and Ben, and be partnered in the midfield by Phoenix Hunt. Both have not only played top grade this year, they're also part of the Brisbane City NRC squad.

But in what could be an advantage to Brisbane City, Queensland Country have a couple of teenage stars eligible for under 19s tournament who are not playing given they're starters in the NRC team: Henry Wilson and Tom Kibble.

Queensland Country, coached by Bond University's impressive mentor Grant Anderson, have not looked hampered by their absence however and proved their class by thumping Sydney 41-14 on Wedesday.

“We had a goal of winning our pool, we’ve been able to do that," Anderson said.

"I am really happy with how the boys have performed to get three wins in this comp."

Both sides only spent a little over a month preparing for the tournament, after the brightest talent in Queensland was divided up between them. 

For what its worth, a trial game last week saw Brisbane City beat Queensland Country.

“Being in camp has really helped the boys come together, we did a lot of really good work pre-camp in our training phase, but I’ve really been happy with how they’ve come together," Anderson said.

"We had a month together prior to coming down which has been a pretty rushed preparation for us but think it’s shown how we’ve played footy and how we’ve bought into what the team needed and how we wanted to play."

Anderson is confident his team can brush up on areas they have struggled with over the past week, including the set pieces.

“A pleasing aspect is how we’ve handled our situations," he said.

"We haven’t panicked we’ve worked hard into our systems and shapes. Only being together for five weeks sort of effects that but we’ll work hard on that in our review.

"I think we’re the leading try scorers for the comp so we’re good on attack and I also think our defence has really been paramount in getting us to the position we’re in now,” Anderson said

Virtue, who coaches at Sunnybank, said his side were confident they could take down their bushie cousins.

“There a big side a very powerful side and they we’re awesome against Sydney," he said. 

"We’ll review what they’re doing, they’ve got a really talented side and we’re going to have to work really hard to put ourselves in a position to be successful on Friday."

The teams will meet in the URC final at 2pm on Friday at Viking Park, Canberra.

The Brumbies and Barbarians will contest the bronze medal match at 12.30pm, with other lower place playoffs kicking off at 9.30am.

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Saturday September 29

Sydney 14 - Barbarians 32

Queensland Country 49 - Melbourne Rebels 7

Brisbane 31 - Western Force 30

NSW Country Eagles 12 - Brumbies 31


Monday October 1

Queensland Country 30 - Barbarians 25

Brisbane 28 - Brumbies 12

Sydney 26 - Melbourne Rebels 28

NSW Country Eagles 36 - Western Force 22




Wednesday October 3

Melbourne Rebels 3 - Barbarians 40

Brumbies 25 - Western Force 19

Sydney 14 - Queensland Country 41

Brisbane 33 - NSW Country Eagles 19


Friday October 5

7th place final: Sydney Rays v Western Force, 9:30am

5th place final: NSW Country Eagles v Rebels 11:00am

Bronze final: Brumbies vs Barbarians, 12:30pm

Final: Queensland Country vs Brisbane City, 2pm


Queensland Country


Egan Siggs - Brothers - Gold Coast

Theo Fourie - Souths  - Rockhampton

Laurence Tominiko - Sunnybank

Brendan Bell - Brothers

Torah Moe - University of Queensland

Angus Lovelock - Brothers

Dane Zander - Norths

Will Deardan - Wests - Warwick

Reagan Leslie - Souths - Toowoomba

Jack Butler - Bond University

Alex Smit - Wests

Lachlan Connors - Bond University

Ollie Sheppard - Wests

Reno Gerrard - TSS - Gold Coast


Neal McNamara - Sunnybank

Isaac Tarabay - Brothers

Brad Twidale - University of Queensland - Bringalily (Darling Downs)

Viliami Lea - Souths

Isaac Henry - Wests

Elijah Kefu - Souths

Ilaisa Droasese - Wests

Max Dowd - Bond University - Gold Coast

Cooper Whiteside - Wests

Joshua Walker - Bond University - Gold Coast

Lachlan Sperling - University of Queensland - Toowoomba

Brisbane City


Elijah Kuilamu – Sunnybank

Ben Fox – Sunnybank

Rhys Van Nek – Souths

Jed Chapman – GPS

Flynn Noon – Wests

Prynce Romeo-Taugaele – Wests

Ethan Dobbins – Brothers

Ben Paxton-Hall – University of Queensland

Matt Munday – Brothers

Zac Munro – Souths

Angus Dean – Souths

Joseph Faulalo – Sunnybank

Nathan Marshall – Sunnybank

John Yates – University of Queensland


Billy Rutherford – Souths

Phoenix Hunt – Easts

Isaac Lucas – Sunnybank

Issac De Flavis – GPS

Hudson Creighton – Brothers

Tristan Staghan – Brothers

Byron Ralston – Brothers

Liam Matenga – Easts

Nathan Carroll – Brothers

Will Feeney – Sunnybank

Samuel Samu – Sunnybank 


Jayden Burgess (Gordon)

Liam Cornish (Randwick)

Frank Cutler (Gordon)

Ben Donaldson (Randwick)

Max Douglas (Manly)

Joel Ellis (Randwick)

William Finau (Parramatta)

Fiu Gibson (Randwick)

Haitoni Hafoka (Parramatta)

Tom Hando (Eastwood)

Brooklyn Hardaker (Eastern Suburbs)

Finn Kearns (Randwick)

Jack Crichton (Parramatta)

Bailey Lamb (Southern Districts)

Setefano Leavasa (Warringah)

Ciaran Loh (Sydney University)

Saul McCredie (Gordon)

Kichie Navuso (West Harbour)

Joshua Nercessian (Warringah)

Callum Quinn (Randwick)

Blake Rixon (Manly)

Maylee Semu (West Harbour)

Matthew Stead (Randwick)

Joshua Thrum (Warringah)

Terence Toomata (Eastwood)

NSW Country

Bo Abra (Eastern Suburbs)

Jack Allen Hamilton (Newcastle)

Patrick Berryman (Dubbo)

Darcy Breen (Sydney University)

Sebastian Cameron (Northern Suburbs)

Ben Duckworth (Randwick)

Ben Houston (Randwick)

Harrison Jackson (Manly)

Will Johnston (Eastern Suburbs)

Nick Katsogiannis (Randwick)

Nathan Lawson (Southern Districts)

Jack Murray (Sydney University)

Isoa Nasilasila (Eastwood)

John Pale (Northern Suburbs)

Mike Pavlakis (Gordon)

Eddie Poolman (Sydney University)

Felix Quinn (Manly)

Henry Robertson (Sydney University)

Luke Russo (Parramatta)

Lachlan Shelley (Eastwood)

Mitieli Tuinakauvadra (Sydney University)

Jack Walsh (Manly)

Hunter Ward (Manly)

Ben Wood (Maitland)

Yool Yool (Manly)


Ignacio Bonsembiante (Uni-Norths Owls)

James Bundy (Canberra Royals)

Billy Carberry (Tuggeranong Vikings)

Tauati Chan-Tung (Wests Rugby Club)

Stirling Doyle (Uni-Norths Owls)

Tony Mika Eli (Queanbeyan Whites)

Will Goddard (Queanbeyan Whites)

Thomas Hallam (Canberra Royals)

Turi Eruera Hides (Tuggeranong Vikings)

Wyll Holland (Queanbeyan Whites)

Tom Iles (Canberra Royals)

Fred Kaihea (Queanbeyan Whites)

Jack Kearns (Adfa)

Petau Lefau (Queanbeyan Whites)

Noah Lolesio (Tuggeranong Vikings)

Lachlan Lonergan (Tuggeranong Vikings)

Ben Love (Uni-Norths Owls)

Jean-Benit Madjaga (Tuggeranong Vikings)

Ali Ngahe (Gungahlin Eagles)

Lachlan Osborne (Uni-Norths Owls)

Yabaki Seeto (Queanbeyan Whites)

Lincoln Smith (Canberra Royals)

Seamus Smith (Tuggeranong Vikings)

Cooper Taekata (Tuggeranong Vikings)

Allan Wratten (Wests Rugby Club)


Victor Harris Joondalup Brothers

Lee Soa Palmyra

Dylan Hutchins Wests Scarborough

Tyron Law Palmyra

Jarrod McKenna Wanneroo Districts

Lafaele Ikenasio Coastal Cavaliers

Liam Fletcher Joondalup Brothers

Martin Gallagher Wests Scarborough

Jackson Pugh Palmyra

Oliver Callan Wanneroo Districts

Liam Gourlie Joondalup Brothers

Simon Parsons Wests Scarborough

Carlo Tizzano UWA

Brody Macaskill Wests Scarborough

Reece Anapu UWA

Michael McDonald Palmyra

Tyrese Grey Wanneroo Districts

Ethan Reilly Wanneroo Districts

Marcus Arrindell Palmyra

Sam Barsby Joondalup Brothers

Nika Morehu Wests Scarborough

Grason Makara Wanneroo Districts

Jake Gardiner Kalamunda

James Petherick Coastal Cavaliers

Jack Hardy UWA


Isaac Aedo Kailea (Harlequins)

Shaedyn Folau (Endeavour Hills)

Oli Barden (Moorabbin)

Ola Tauelangi (Northern)

Tom Jeffries

Tobias Sanerive (Harlequins)

Liam Stone (Melbourne Uni)

Josh Nakubuwai (Power House)

Maximilian O’Brien (Melbourne)

Angus Edwards

Harry Kolio Mau (Endeavour Hills)

Sione Tui (Melbourne

Mosese Tuipoluto (Harlequins)

Lazarus Afaese

Navarre Haisila (Endeavour Hills)

Chris Mounga (Endeavour Hills)

Sam Blowers (Harlequins)

Nick Roostan (Harlequins)

Alexander Ataata (Harlequins)

Joseph Basser (Melbourne Uni)

Moses Faoala (Endeavour Hills)

Luan Scherman (Northern)

Jamarl Firebrace

Mayson Hoverd (Power House)

Alpha Villi


Nathan  Beil QLD

Jack  Brewer NSW

Matt Connor QLD

Max Cutrone NSW

Vinnie De Masson ACT

Dylan Dowling NSW

Joel Etherington NSW

Byron Hollingsworth-Dessent ACT

Kristian Jensen ACT

Rory Kuskie QLD

Shea Lalagavesi QLD

Henry Lennon QLD

Callum MacDonald QLD

Emmanuel (Manny) Maliko QLD

Zane Marolt ACT

Kye Oates QLD

Liam Prendagast QLD

Simon Rahme NSW

Max Robson NSW

Rory Scott ACT

James Sidery NSW

Phrancis Sula-Siaosi QLD

Emosi Tuqiri QLD

Tiko Twist ACT

Finn Wright NSW