69 Reasons Brisbane should embrace the Global 10s - Green and Gold Rugby

69 Reasons Brisbane should embrace the Global 10s

69 Reasons Brisbane should embrace the Global 10s

The talent produced by Queensland’s great rugby nurseries has long overflowed into rival teams interstate and overseas, but never before has so much of it been recalled home at once.

This week Brisbane rolls out the red carpet for a host of domestic and international rugby teams for the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby 10s tournament – but for a certain group, the welcome mat extends just that little bit further.

65 South-East Queenslanders will make their return to the Sunshine State this weekend to play in front of friends, families and fans.

Great to have family + friends to last nights game #REDvCHE

A photo posted by Andrew Ready (@a_r932) on

50 players at this weekend’s tournament attended school around Brisbane while a further 19 have worn the club colours of the Queensland Premier Rugby competition.

Among the seasoned veterans are former Wallabies Dan Heenan (Marist College Ashgrove class of 1999), Drew Mitchell (St Patrick’s College Shorncliffe 2001) and Berrick Barnes (Ipswich Grammar School 2003), while the youngest present are Brisbane Boys’ College 2015 teammates Jayden Ngamanu (Queensland Reds) and Ben Gunter (Wild Knights).

St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace and The Southport School are the leading schools with six former students apiece, while the University of Queensland leads the club scene with 17 representatives set to take the field on Suncorp.

Of the 15 teams participating, just the Bulls, Chiefs, Highlanders, Hurricanes and Blues do not feature a Queenslander.

Queensland Reds

Samu Kerevi

Samu Kerevi, playing for GPS

1. James Slipper – The Southport School (2007) & Bond University

2. Sef Fa’agase – Shailer Park State High School (2011) & University of Queensland

3. Alex Mafi – Nudgee College (2014)  & Bond University

4. Andrew Ready – Gregory Terrace (2010)  & Easts

5. Rob Simmons – The Southport School (2006)  & Sunnybank

6. Izack Rodda – Ipswich Grammar School (2014)  & Easts

7. Michael Gunn – Churchie (2012)  & Easts

8. Adam Korczyk – Brisbane State High School (2012)  & University of Queensland

9. James Tuttle –  Nudgee College (2013)  & GPS

10. Moses Sorovi – St Peter’s (2013)  & University of Queensland

11. Henry Taefu – Churchie (2010)  & Sunnybank

12. Samu Kerevi – Brisbane State High School (2011)  & Souths

13. Lachlan Maranta – Gregory Terrace (2009)  & Wests

14. Chris Kuridrani – Ipswich Grammar School (2009)  & GPS

15. Karmichael Hunt – Churchie (2003)  & Brothers

16. Jayden Ngamanu – Brisbane Boys’ College (2015)  & Souths

17. Taniela Tupou – Brothers

18. Sam Talakai – Brothers

19. Lukhan Tui – Brothers

20. Cadeyrn Neville – Bond University

21. Leroy Houston – Wests

22. Jake McIntyre – Sunnybank

23. Eto Nabuli – GPS

24. Brad Lacey – Norths

25. Duncan Paia’aua – Norths

26. Chris Latham – Wests

27. Radike Samo – GPS


Tevita Kuridrani, playing for UQ

28. Tom Banks – Brisbane Boys’ College (2012)  & University of Queensland

29. Andrew Muirhead – Brisbane State High School (2010)  & Souths

30. Aidan Toua – Churchie (2007)  & Easts

31. Jarrad Butler – The Southport School (2008)  & Easts

32. Blake Enever – Sunshine Coast Grammar School (2008)  & Easts

33. Lolo Fakaosilea – St Patrick’s (2013)  & Sunnybank

34. Ben Hyne – Downlands College (2012)  & Brothers

35. Brent Hamlin – Brisbane State High School (2007)  & Souths

36. Saia Fainga’a – GPS

37. Tevita Kuridrani – University of Queensland

38. Andrew Walker – Easts

Lausii Taliauli (The Southport School 2011) was forced to withdraw due to injury.


Brad Wilkin, AIC Premiership-winning captain of Iona in 2013

Brad Wilkin (middle), captaining Iona to an AIC Premiership in 2013

39. Brad Wilkin – Iona College (2013)  & Easts

40. Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz – Ipswich Grammar School (2013)  & University of Queensland

41. Matt Lucas – Gregory Terrace (2009)  & Sunnybank

42. Mack Mason – Churchie (2014)  & Easts

43. Bryce Hegarty – Marist College Ashgrove (2010)  & GPS

44. Con Foley – Gregory Terrace (2009)  & University of Queensland

45. Israel Folau – Marsden State High School (2006)

46. Lote Tuquiri – Sunnybank State High School (2007)

Western Force


Shambeckler Vui, playing for UQ

47. Jono Lance – The Southport School (2007)  & University of Queensland

48. Luke Morahan – The Southport School (2007)  & University of Queensland

49. Heath Tessman – St Peter’s (2001)  & University of Queensland

50. Ian Prior – Ormiston College (2008)  & University of Queensland

51. Shambeckler Vui – Ipswich Grammar School (2014)  & University of Queensland

52. Richie Arnold – Bond University

53. Isi Naisarani – Souths

Melbourne Rebels


James Hanson, playing for Queensland

54. James Hanson – Gregory Terrace (2005)  & University of Queensland

55. Ben Meehan – Brisbane State High School (2011)  & Sunnybank

56. Jonah Placid – Toowoomba Grammar School (2012)  & Easts

57. Jake Schatz – Churchie (2007)  & Sunnybank

58. Laurie Weekes – University of Queensland

59. Morgan Turinui – Sunshine Coast Stingrays

Note – Nudgee College Rebels Sam Jeffries (2009) and Sean McMahon (2011) were unavailable for selection due to injury.

Panasonic Wild Knights

Ben Gunter (BBC + Souths)

Ben Gunter (R), playing for BBC

60. Jack Cornelsen – Brisbane Grammar School (2012)  & University of Queensland

61. Berrick Barnes – Ipswich Grammar School (2003)  & Wests

62. Ben Gunter – Brisbane Boys’ College (2015)  & Souths

63. Dan Heenan – Marist College Ashgrove (1999)  & GPS

David Pocock (Churchie 2006) was not selected.


James O'Connor

James O’Connor, playing for Nudgee College

64. Drew Mitchell – St Patrick’s (2001)  & University of Queensland

65. James O’Connor – Nudgee College (2007)  & Brothers

66. Ayumu Goromaru – Bond University

Liam Gill (Gregory Terrace 2006, Sunnybank) was not selected.


Fotualii-Tauakipulu (R) joins Sunnybank from Wests in 2017

Bronson Fotualii-Tauakipulu (R) is joining Sunnybank from Wests in 2017

67. Bronson Fotualii-Tauakipulu – Brisbane Boys’ College (2013)  & Sunnybank

68. Ausetalia Vaiomanu – University of Queensland


digby solo

Digby Ioane, playing for Queensland

69. Digby Ioane – Gregory Terrace (2003)  & Sunnybank

  • Mart

    Far out that really is amazing the amount of talent coming out of Queensland there.
    Just out of interest in what school year did Folau moved to Brisbane? From NSW his home state
    P.s I’m pumped for this 10’s…It’s great rugby to watch.
    Look out for Taqele he will be the hardest to stop

  • Brisneyland Local

    Got my tickets! Will have my rugby watching goggles on as well as my drinking boots! Yahoo!

  • Pearcewreck

    Great article Nic, outstanding research and knowledge.
    But you left out Rugby Reg….

    • Brisneyland Local

      As we know he is becoming the Doyen of Qld Rugby!

      • Pearcewreck

        Hey, BLL.
        Hope Chrissy and New Year was great for you.
        Hows things in Brissy?
        Are you going to the 10’s?

        • Pearcewreck

          Also, Love that word “Doyen”. Should be used more often.

        • Brisneyland Local

          I am making a point of bringing it back into fashion!
          That and the word “Gobblydegook!”
          Definitely should be used more often!

        • RugbyReg

          Gobblydegook is probably more appropriate when referencing me rather than Doyen!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yes RR, but a Doyen speaks Gooblydegook! That is what makes them a doyen in the first place! Look at the beloved Sir Ritchie (Benaud)! Smoe of what he said was a bit confusing but by god it was the demi god Sir Richie so therefore it was brilliant. And I loved him for it and he is sorely missed!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Hey PW, same to you, and welcome back. I have had GAGR ithdrawals badly over the holidays. But luckily some of that void was filled with the Big Bash!
          Am definitely going to the tens. Have my tickets, my drinking boots, and my best one liners for the referumps!

        • Pearcewreck

          Cool (Sorry, just saw your comment below).

          Really hope the 10’s is a success.
          And hope Aussie teams can beat the Kiwis, it may be the only success we have all year.

          I went to the 7’s on Saturday. It was great.
          With my missus and children and 2 other families. We sat in the grog free section, didn’t drink a drop all day, but some how I still manged to get the worst sunburn I’ve had in the last 20 years. Absolutely fried!!!!
          That’ll teach me not to drink!!!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Hilarious. SOrry for laughing at your expense, but that sounds exactly like something I would do!
          Yep I reckon the 10’s will be good. first time wont be brilliant but I think it will be a good event, well attended and the start of a future build.

        • Pearcewreck

          This is my advice for the weekend for you BLL.
          Might bring back some memories too.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Too many memories.
          More to the point brings back memories of all of us when we were younger basting ourselves in reef oil and trying to brown our selves. God we will be paying for that when we get older.

    • Braveheart81

      Little known fact around these parts, but RugbyReg is actually a dyed in the wool New South Welshman. Born and raised south of the Tweed. ;)

      • RugbyReg

        news to me even!

        • Braveheart81


  • DK

    Good read, did Morgan Tirinui play any club rugby in Qld? I know he played maybe 5 games for the reds after Waverley College and Waratahs, but thought he was either in the team or injured.

    • RugbyReg

      yeah, was linked to the Sunhine Coast. Not sure if he actually played though?

  • david baldwin

    Hunter Thomas with a filthy slug!


Nic is a freelance journalist who first tried his hand writing for Green & Gold Rugby as a schoolboy. Five years on, Nic is our resident expert on Brisbane’s local rugby scene not named RugbyReg. In April 2018 Nic releases his first book, the official biography of Waisale Serevi entitled 'Waisale Serevi: The King of Sevens'.

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