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Australian Schoolboys & National Championships 2008

Discussion in 'Schoolboy Rugby' started by Lee Grant, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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  2. The Chosen Fred Wood (13)

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    He was the outstanding backrower for Australia `A' when they beat Fijian Schools in the wet @ Knox Grammar.
    I was somewhat astounded when he wasn't named on the bench for Test against Fijian Schools. He is one for the future!
  3. TOCC Guest

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    im interested to know how they 5/8 Ambrosini went, he was a pretty low-rated player until his school team St Laurences College went through the AIC comp undefeated.
  4. Lindommer Steve Williams (59)

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    The coach, Rob Nowlan, where's he from?
  5. whocares

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    I think he was the Schoolboys A's coach last year but i could be wrong.
    Before that i dont know.
  6. spectator Bob Davidson (42)

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    Another Queenslander Lindommer. ;D I think he is/was coaching at TSS.
  7. spectator Bob Davidson (42)

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    Fairly sure he was the Qld 16's 10 last year, so not completely unknown.

    Chosen - you weren't the only one surprised when Quirk missed out initially. He is very highly rated in Qld.
  8. Pfitzy Tim Horan (67)

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    You could say that rugby selection does have its Quirks then... 8)
  9. Lee Grant John Eales (66)

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    I was never so glad to get egg on my face. I didn?t think the lads had much of a chance and they would get smacked because our wins against Fiji and Tonga were skinnier than usual and the quality of the Schools Open tournament was not that great IMO.

    And I would never have thought watching the tournament in July that 6 Eddie Quirk would get the Aussie Bronze Boot award a few months later ? but good on him. Eddie was the guy who got a red card for a spear tackle and in the next game the very first thing he did was hang a high tackle on somebody. He?s not a shrinking violet.

    Great work by the lads for holding on at the end, with the crowd behind the other team, and in a situation in which other Oz Schools teams have lost routinely.

    Good to see that Cameron Mitchell was fit enough at last to have a strong game. The lineout with Buchanan and Jones, no doubt the main protagonists, was good although the Kiwis were better in the scrum. Nothing new there.


    spectator

    Oz replacements and positions they replaced that we know about were:
    1. D.Feao
    3. D. Brass
    7. J. Ellice-Flint
    8. L.Rissman
    9. E. Swanepoel
    13. T. Bennetts (for blood bin.)

    No doubt there were other lads who got onto the park as they usually let all 8 reserves have a run.

    The win is the big news but of secondary interest is the naming of the XV. The selectors do the best they can with so many lads running around during the week of the tournament, but by the time of the NZ test they have been able to see them play many games together.

    Quirk displaced Ellice-Flint on merit because JEF is named as a replacement. Another likely unforced change was 5 Luke Jones for Mark Johnson who played last week.

    2. Chris Edwards was flown over to replace the injured Roberson but it?s good that he got a run in the ones. He was the fellow from the Hunter Valley who I said ran around the park like a schoolboy TPN.

    11. Robertson was flown over to replace the ill Nicky Price. Price was the ace player in the team IMO. You hold your breath every time he has the ball.

    The other change was 9. Eddie Bredenhann for Justin Turner who left school and went on tour with the Force instead.

    Great effort lads.
  10. The Chosen Fred Wood (13)

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    I understand Johnson wasn't available for Test due to a hip injury he sustained in the game against Hurricance Schools.
  11. Lee Grant John Eales (66)

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    Ah - didn't know that. Thanks.
  12. Cutter Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Nice try spectator. If its the one I am thinking of, he is from Grenfell in country NSW. Formerly a teacher at Riverview in Sydney and ex Manly first grade lock. Nickname "Tiny" Nowlan for the obvious reason that he is a monster. He is from a very good country rugby family.
  13. Cutter Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Lindommer you are right about those poaching Queenslanders.
  14. Lindommer Steve Williams (59)

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    Now, now, Cutter, no need to throw petrol on the fire: I haven't accused them of poaching in this instance.

    Here's hoping the Australian rugby family can keep this talented lot in the game.
  15. spectator Bob Davidson (42)

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    Very magnanamous of you Lindommer.

    Cutter - I'd say you're right as the Rob Nowlan coaching up north is massive, and I am fairly sure is nicknamed Tiny. Anyway, regardless of where he's originally from he's done a great job of this years crop of schoolboys and has been a part of a very successful TSS outfit for the last few years.
  16. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    ahhhhhhh bugger. Perhaps he didn't hear that the new team won't be getting a brand spanking new stadium and will have to retrofit the pathetic Carrara?

  17. brokendown gunfighter

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    & with the current economic situation there is a chance the franchise wont get off the ground at all
  18. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    yep, I know they haven't raised any of the money they had hoped, other than some council contributions.
  19. Lee Grant John Eales (66)

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    Noddy,

    You posted an article a few months ago that Price may go to the AFL. Bloody hell. He's a great young winger and your heart is in your mouth every time he gets the ball.

    I can't remember a more exciting winger at the schools level in the last 10 years and couldn't trust my memory before then. The nearest was Joseph Tomane last year, but he went to the NRL and has already been ot the park for the Melbourne Storm. I'd rate them both higher than Drew Mitchell as a schoolboy though I didn't see a lot of him, to be honest.

    Talk is cheap, but I reckon that our Wallaby team in a few years time will miss these two fine young players compared to if they had they stayed in our sport, but they are not going to get a mention. We will be saying something like: why haven't some good young fast wingers come through from Oz Schools? This lot is crap and too slow.
  20. rugbywhisperer Banned

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    Don't fret - there are a couple of dynamic wingers coming through - you will forget N Price soon enough

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