Wallabies of the future on show at National Championship
October 1, 2013
Australia's Wallabies of the future will be on display this week as they compete in the National Under-16 Championship, held in Sydney from September 30 - October 4. The five-day event features teams from every state and territory as well as a National Indigenous team.
Australian Rugby Union's General Manager of Rugby Participation, Andrew Larratt, said the championship is the first major tournament for the next generation of Australian rugby players to show their talent. One of the first stepping stones for young players to ignite their passion and join the pathway to Wallabies gold, many players will be following in their families' footsteps.
"There will be strong family connections to the Wallabies on display this week, with the Queensland Red team featuring Wallaby Tim Horan's son, Alex, and Angus Scott-Young who is the son of former Wallabies player Sam Scott-Young," Larratt said. "The Queensland White team features Daniel Byrne, who is former Australia captain John Eales's nephew."
For some players it hasn't been a simple journey, with several players travelling huge distances in order to train and trial for their team.
"We also see plenty of stories of ultimate commitment to reach the tournament and one this year is Kim Taualani from Robinvale on the Murray River, who regularly makes a 10-hour return trip to Melbourne to train and prepare with his team-mates."
Several players will make a return to the tournament, including Jack McGregor for New South Wales Schools, Calvin Pritchard and Eli Pilz, who'll play for Queensland Red and Jacob Elordi and Sione Tuipoluto from Victoria. The tournament will also feature brothers Alan and Daniel Simpson in the Tasmania team.
Matches between all 12 teams will be held throughout the week, with the Division 1 Final to get underway at 11:40am on Friday at St. Ignatius College, Riverview.
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