Darby Loudon (17)
A Nudgee parent told me at the Reds on Saturday night but I also heard it months ago from a Pats parent, hence some on this forum see them as a smoky like some previous years when St.Peters upset a few teams and even one year won the AIC.
The SPLC coaches have definitely got a couple of new guns in their team that are going to bring a lot of punch to their side. At least one boy is in the QLD development squad so the Marist boys should know who they are.
OK, does this Nudgee parent know that last year, at Indooroopilly, MCA beat SPLC 61-0 in the First XV game, there was a similar scoreline in the 10A's and SPLC didn't even field a team in the Seconds comp?
Now, anyone who's been around for while knows that if SPLC decides to "invest" in a sport (like they have in swimming) they are more than capable of bringing in a brand new team. However, looking at their 2019 baseline, SPLC would probably want to have at least 6-8 "new guns" to be competitive or better in 2020.
Even if that's happening I'd be curious to know how or why these new boys, if they are genuinely "guns", have not accepted rugby scholarship offers from GPS schools. Does happen though, SPLC do have John Radel who would be one of the best players in the AIC comp, and Kenyan Tauakapilu would be the very best if he's back at school this year.