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Australian Schools Rugby News : Australian Schools Rugby News October 2009
Tongan National Schoolboys too strong for NSW Combined Catholic Colleges On Wednesday the 23rd of September the touring Tongan Schoolboys Rugby Union team travelled deep into the heart of Western Sydney to play a schoolboy international rugby against the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges. The match was played at St Dominic's College, Penrith and was the first time in over 20 years that students from Catholic Schools around NSW assembled to represent the association against the might of a touring national team. The NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Sports Association was established in the 1990's to offer a representative pathway for students of Independent and Systemic Catholic High Schools in NSW who were not members of organized sporting competitions such as the GPS, ISA, and CAS rugby competitions. The last few decades have witnessed an explosion in Catholic Education across Australia as successive Federal and State governments have embraced the funding of denominational education. A total of 736,288 children and young people participate in 2,252 Catholic schools nationwide and in 2009 Catholic schools enrolled about 20 per cent of Australian school students. There are 613 Catholic Primary and Secondary schools across NSW and the NSWCCC Sports Association is the vehicle by which these students gain access to NSW and Australian representative rugby honors. Three years ago the administrators of the NSW Combined Catholic NSWCCC A SIGN OF THINGS COMBINED CATHOLIC COLLEGES 9 Tongan Schoolboys 32 (V Paufisi , S Kioa, O Finau, O Katoa, S Tteisi tries; V Paufisi 2 cons; S Vea pen) NSW Combined Catholic Colleges 8 (Z Fell try, J Bacigalupo Seiser Photography -- www.seiserphotography.com