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Australian Schools Rugby News : March 2010
WELCOME to our first edition for 2010. We welcome your input. If you have any ideas or criticism please let us know. Last year was a year of mixed fortunes. Our tour of the UK was not as successful as previous ones and we were defeated by New Zealand in a close match at Ballymore. However an historic decision has been made to expand the Division I Championships by adding teams from Western Australia and Victoria in 2010. This follows the success of the Combined States Team and the dominance of these two states in the Division II Championships where they had clearly outgrown the other states there. There will still be a Combined States Team–tomakethe8teamsup–but it now will include players from NSW, Queensland and ACT who have just missed out on State selection – but also to provide for players from the Division II Championships who appear to be up to standard. This will be an interesting experiment to watch. Queensland again dominated the Division I Championships, but this year their opponents in the final were the Combined States Team – a sign of what is referred to above. Australian Schools Teams played the incoming NZ and Tongan Teams – with good wins against Tonga, but finding three years in a row too much against NZ Schools. However it was a very competitive game with Australia leading 12-6 at half time, but unable to convert a surfeit of territory and possession into tries, only to see NZ take their chances early in the second half. Then we found how to score tries and got within one try of victory to lose 28-24 in what was a typically great game of schoolboy rugby. The large crowd at Ballymore supported both teams vigorously and could only have been satisfied with what they saw. This led to the next somewhat gloomy event – our most difficult UK tour ever – with just two wins out of six games played, one of the losses being a very near miss, and the final game cancelled because of frozen grounds. We will look at every aspect of the tour to see what, if anything, can be done for the future. It may be that events have moved on in Ireland and the UK to an extent that will cause us to re-evaluate the future for such tours. That all said, our touring squad were a great group and have returned with higher spirits than might have been expected. Reports about them from their hosts were unanimously complimentary – so they certainly represented their families, schools and Australia well. There is little doubt that the rugby development experience of the players was still at a high level and will serve them well for their futures in rugby. The management of the squad, whilst disappointed at the overall results, were strongly supportive of the spirit, work ethic, team cohesiveness and learnings of the boys. SUPPORTED BY TURN PAGES by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar. ZOOM IN by clicking anywhere on the page. READ by dragging the page around when zoomed in. ZOOM OUT by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in. VISIT web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks. HOW TO NAVIGATE THE E-MAGAZINE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Managing Director John Blondin Graphic Designer Daniel Fung Schools Rugby Liaison Ellise Blondin ABPBellAwards Australian Rugby Review ABP Bell Award National Winner 1996 for Best New Magazine of the Year & National Winner 1997 for Best Specialist Magazine of the Year MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR 2004 Ruby Press International Winner Australian Marketing Institute National Award for Marketing Excellence 1995 Winner of the Print Journalism Award 1998 Publishing and national advertising office: Sports Media Titles Level 5 Edgecliff Centre 203-233 New South Head Rd Edgecliff, NSW 2027 P: 02 9327 3876 F: 02 9327 3864 • www.rugbyenews.com ABN 21 050 535 754 BCW BARCLAYS CORPORATE WARDROBE REVIEW AUSTRALIAN news & Benefactor “Inaugural Sponsor of the Australian Rugby Football Schools’ Foundation Player Support Scheme” Print Page Email this page to a friend Search this issue Index - jump to page or section Archive - view previous issues 2010 Championships Draw austSchRugbyNews_march_10.indd 2 25/3/10 1:43:44 PM
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