Dan Carter the inspiration for rising Aussie schools playmakers

Schoolboys
by Sam Phillips

They may be two of Australia's great playmaking hopes but Carter Gordon and Reesjan Pasitoa looked across the ditch for inspiration as kids.

Dan Carter was at the peak of his powers when the pair were learning their craft and it's the former All Blacks superstar the Australian Schools stars have modelled their respective games on.

"Kicking has been a big thing for me growing up so I guess my idol was Dan Carter," Pasitoa said.

"My kicking style... when I was younger I just tried to do his style.

"Watching him play is just a whole other level.

"It's good rugby and I just like how he plays."

Scouts from Super Rugby clubs and NRL teams both like the way Pasitoa plays.


The Nudgee College product has led the famous rugby nursery to back-to-back 1st XV GPS premierships and is hoping to complete a rare three peat in his senior year.

Being handed the keys to the Nudgee Ferrari as a Year 10 student is an honour within itself and the success Pasitoa has enjoyed since making the move from Western Australia is beyond his wildest dreams.

While he still has a full year of schoolboy rugby to come the flyhalf has one eye on what's to come in 2020 and beyond.

"There are a few different options that I've been looking at but I still have another year at school," he said.

"I want to focus on that and not get too ahead of myself.

"I just want to get my studies and school rugby done first and then hopefully everything falls into place."

Rugby Australia will be hoping Pasitoa follows the lead of Gordon, not fellow WA product Campbell Parata.


The Southport School's latest superstar has already committed to the Crusaders for 2019 and is subsequently not part of the Australian Schools setup but Gordon - Australia's No. 10 this Saturday - is going no where.

The Sunshine Coast product will be part of the Reds academy when his Schools commitments wrap up and that's a gig he has dreamed of since first watching Carter carve up for the All Blacks.

"I just wanted to stay in Queensland," he said.

"I always looked up to the Reds and I couldn't really see myself going anywhere else.

"The Reds is going to be home for a little bit."

While he may have idolised Carter as a child Gordon's game and frame alike closely resembles Wallabies legend Stephen Larkham.

If he turns into half the player Larkham was he will be set for much higher honours in the years to come but for now beating New Zealand on Saturday is all that counts.

"We want to get the win," Gordon said.

"We are going to work our butts off and hopefully we can get that."