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Australian Schools Rugby News : August 2012
16 A SQUAD of 28 players will tour Fiji and New Zealand in September and October. By the end of the tour the Australians will have played the major pacific nations in rugby. the Australian Schools players will play two games in Fiji, one of which will be a test against the Fijian Schools team at Churchill Stadium in Lautoka on 25th September. the group fly to Auckland to prepare for a match in Auckland against New Zealand Barbarians on Saturday 29th September. the next match will be against Samoan Schools in hamilton, returning to Auckland to face New Zealand Schools in Auckland. the touring party will be announced on 14th August on the Australian Schools Rugby Union website. Australian Schools Management Positions 2012 –2013 Manager: Paul Geddes, Central Coast Grammar School Coach: Stephen Phillpotts, Brisbane Boys’ College Assistant Manager: John Rownes, Knox Grammar School Assistant Coach: tim Rapp, Newington College Skills Coach: Andy Clark, ARU S&C Coach: Darren Clunn, ARU Physiotherapist: Mr Will Maher, ACT Doctor: Dr Michael McLean, QLD ASRU SeLeCtORS 2012 Ben Whitaker (Chair – non-voting) ARU high Performance Unit Glen Cronan ipswich Grammar QLD Pat Langtry St edmund’s College ACT Steve Phillpotts (ex Officio – Aust Coach) Brisbane Boys College tim Rapp (ex Officio – Aust Asst. Coach) Newington College Manu Sutherland (ARU Nominee) ARU high Performance Unit THE TOUR SCHEDULE Team Assembles – Sydney 17th September Depart for Fiji 19th September Australia v Fiji Presidents XV – 3:30pm 22nd September Nadi Town Australia v Fijian Schools – 3:30pm 25th September Churchill Stadium, Lautoka (Test) Depart for Auckland 26th September Australia v NZ Barbarians – 12:45pm 29th September Sacred Heart College, Auckland Australia v Samoa – 2:45pm, 2nd October St Paul’s Collegiate, Hamilton (Test) Australia v New Zealand Schools – 2:45pm 6th October Auckland Grammar School, Grammar (Test) Return to Australia 7th October FIJI & NZ TOUR PLANNING INTO THE FUTURE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 the Novotel Australian Schools Championships have been pencilled in for 30th June–6th July at St Ignatius’ College, Riverview. After the success of 2012 model, the 2013 Championships will be fully residential and include teams from all states and territories. INBOUND TOURS 2013 PLANNiNG is underway for 2013 with inbound tours from Fiji Schools (September) & New Zealand Schools(October) while negotiations continue with South Africa about a proposed tour to Australia in October. UK & IRELAND TOUR 2013 ALthOUGh the Australian Schoolboys tour the UK every four years, it is over twenty years since the Australian Schools team embarked on a Grand Slam tour. Negotiations are well underway for the 2013 UK & Ireland tour with verbal agreement for matches against england, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The 1990-91 Australian Schoolboys were last team to play the four home nations enjoyed an undefeated tour, beating england, ireland Wales and Scottish Youth. That team included Peter Jorgansen, Matthew C Burke, Fili Finau, Scott Bowen, Rod Moore and Troy Jaques who all became Wallabies. The last tour to the UK in 2009 was captained by current Reds Player, Liam Gill. awarDs 15 T he Australian Schools Rugby Union had its first tour of Tonga in 2002 with a hard fought 18–0 win in Nuku’alofa. Since that time Australia has maintained an undefeated record against our Pacific neighbours in six more games, including this year’s match in Sydney. in 2004 a friendship between the Pacific islands Captain, inoke Afeaki, and the Reynolds family ignited a relationship of ongoing philanthropy that we will no doubt see the effects of in the coming years. With the personal drive and determination Guy Reynolds, through the Macquarie Sports Foundation, coaching tours to Tonga commenced in 2004. Since this first tour there has been another four tours. On some tours up to thirty coaches have been sent, travelling from Australia to conduct coaching clinics where during each visit over 3000 primary and secondary school children have been coached. On the 2008 Australian Schools tour, the Australian team assisted in running of two of these coaching clinics. For many of the Australian players they rated it as the highlight of the entire tour. in those years when the tours did not take place the Reynolds family would personally send 300 boot bags and 300 rugby balls to the Tongan sports ministry for distribution to primary schools. Guy Reynolds received the Member of the Order of Australia for services to charity in 2009. in 2010 he received from the King of Tonga the Commander of the Royal Order of the Crown for services to Tongan rugby. From an Australian Schools perspective, Guy Reynolds via Macquarie Bank has sponsored 34 Australian Schoolboys on scholarship to Macquarie bank since 2003. Recipients include Afusipa and Pauliasi Taumoepeau, Kurtley Beale, Dave Dennis, Paddy Ryan, Rob horne, Ben McCalman and Dean Mumm. in 2012 the ASRU executive commissioned a perpetual trophy in recognition of the Reynolds Family charitable work and support of both Tongan and Australian Schools Rugby. The Shield is for competition between Tonga and Australia in Schools Rugby. it was presented for the first time after this year’s Test match to the Captain of Australian Schools, Mitchell Whitely, by Pauliasi Taumoepeau of behalf of the family with Guy’s wife Jenny, and son Angus, in attendance. The Reynolds shield Schoolboys rugby players careers looked after the Macquarie Bank Scholarship now continues in to its ninth year of providing work experience and career opportunities for players from the Australian Schoolboys Rugby team Started in 2004, it has helped some 34 players who have represented Australia at Schoolboy level. the selected players work in a non sports environment across a variety of businesses within Macquarie Bank – these include: • Foreign exchange • Commodities • Equities • Corporate Communications • The Macquarie Foundation • Macquarie Sports the boys are paid for their time at the bank which offers a minimum 20 full days working, as well as for participation in Sports camps across Australia. Past scholarship boys include Damien Fitzpatrick, Patrick McCutcheon, Kurtley Beale, David Dennis, Richard Stanford, Ben Daly and Dean Mumm. Past recipients Macquarie Bank Scholarship include: (from left to right) Damien Fitzpatrick, Patrick McCutcheon, Kurtley Beale, David Dennis, Ben Daly, Dean Mumm, Ben McCalman and Rob Horne