Hi all Just wanted to say after reading ‘Angry dogs’ rants on these two threads. http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/community/threads/act-stand-alone-asc.11550/ http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/community/threads/actjru-u18-2012.10216/page-6 Vikings Juniors are pleased to announce today the launch of the new under 18s program in 2013-. The teams have been rebranded Vikings 1st XV & 2nd XV and possibly a 3rd XV. The new structure has been created to provide a professional pathway for the players to progress into the senior ranks as well as being the pinnacle of Vikings Juniors and something that all junior players will aspire to play in. A new coaching team of experienced senior coaches has been put in place and we are excited about the new under 18s rugby program which will have the full backing and support of the Vikings Seniors. This new venture has been designed to provide the best under 18s club program in the Canberra Region, with an extensive resource base and "new" training facility to provide players every opportunity to further their rugby careers. At the end of the 2013 season, we will nominate players to be in the V-Rugby academy. V-Rugby involves a select group of 20 up and coming players who are aged between 17 and 23 years old. The main aim of the Academy is to develop promising players through an elite training program, while also providing a pathway for local talent and contracted Vikings players. A Meet and greet day is booked in for December. 5 x Trials are booked in for March/April. The good news we are planning home games to be played under lights on Friday and Saturday nights. The Club is backing Erindale Colleges bid to be included in the Waratah Shield/Cup for 2013. ACT Rugby is putting in the request this month so we should know the result in the next few weeks. (unfortunately Mackillip don’t have a rugby program) So in short, we have a lot of hard work in front of us, but we are putting in a lot of effort to become regular competitive force in the next 2-3 years and create a pathway for boys who choose not to go to the privet schools.