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Australian Schools Rugby News : July 2009
IRB JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS defeated by New Zealand. The team selected to represent Australia T recently in Japan has the following players who in recent years played for Australian Schools or Australia ‘A’. he IRB Under 20 World Championships were recently held in Japan. Australia made it to the semi fi nals but were Albert Anae, Kesomi Lolotonga, James Slipper, Nathan Charles, Damien Fitzpatrick, Rob Horne, David McDuling, Tom Murday, Rob Simmons, Lala Lam, Sam Latunipulu, Jake Schatz, Mark Swanepoel, Kurtley Beale, Robbie Coleman, Matt To’omua, Robert Horne, Ben Tapuai, Corey Brown, Rodney Davies, Dane Haylett-Petty, Afusipa Taumoepeau, Peter Betham. MY NAME is Robert Cotter. I am a year 7 student at St Edmunds College in Canberra. I used to play rugby for the Queanbeyan Whites and St Edmunds College, but I broke my leg in year 5 and I can no longer play, so now I manage the under 13’s team at school. Last month I was luckily enough to be invited to the Wallabies U20’s training camp at the AIS in Canberra. A few of the boys in the team went to go to my school, they were Kesomi Lolotonga, Lala Lam and Robbie Coleman, it was really good to catch up with them. I arrived at the AIS at about 2 o’clock. First I got to meet some of the players, Matt Toomua, Afusipa Taumoepeau, Damien Fitzpatrick, Robbie Coleman, Rob Horne, Kesomi Lolotonga, Ben Tapuai and Rod Davies. After meeting some of the players Damien Fitzpatrick taught me some new moves . I then passed the ball to Matt Toomua and so he could practise his kicking. They were all really nice and friendly to me and I got lots of tips to teach my Eddies team. I then sat back and watch the whole team train. I could see why they were all picked to represent Australia, they were fast, they had good ball skills and they were very big and strong. I then went to watch them play a game against a Brumbies Academy Team, I saw some of the players who were sitting on the bench and they remembered me and were really happy to see me. Their hard training paid off they won by heaps. I had a great time with them it is a day I will remember for ever. 9 austSchRugbyNews_july_09.indd 10 austSchRugbyNews_july_09.indd 10 30/6/09 3:28:09 PM 30/6/09 3:28:09 PM