Australian Schoolboys to play Samoa at Ballymore

September 27, 2005 - 10:52am
Story by: ARU

The sons of Rugby League legends Steve "Blocker" Roach and Phil Daley, as well as the son of Wallaby Mick Mathers will take the field for Australian Schools tomorrow when they play the visiting Samoan Under 18s in a Test match at Ballymore (kick off at 3pm, entry via gold coin donation).

Daniel Roach and Ben Daley will prop the Australian Schools' scrum, while Phil Mathers will be right behind them at lock, the position his father played for the Wallabies.

In fact, Phil Mathers is following very closely in his father's footsteps - Mick toured the UK with the Australian Schoolboys in 1973-74, a team that included Wallabies Phil Crowe, Ken Wright and Bill Ross.

Tomorrow's Australian Schools team also includes:

  • Western Force recruit Brett Stapleton who was the Australian U18 sprint champion in 2003 at the age of 16. The speedy winger has a personal best of 10.33 seconds over 100 metres.
  • Flyhalf sensation Kurtley Beale who signed with the NSW Waratahs in April this year at the age of 16. He will join the NSW Academy after he completes his schooling at St Joseph's College next year.
  • Jonathan Salvi, younger brother of Brumby and Australian U21 flanker Julian Salvi.
  • Darwin's Joey Egan who played alongside Wallabies Mat Rogers, Mark Gerrard and Matt Henjak when he came off the bench for the Aussie Mozzies' match against Samoa earlier this year.

 

  • Captain Patrick McCutcheon who won this year's Sydney Morning Herald Schoolboy Player of the Year award.

While the Australian team may boast some famous names, they will be coming up against a tough Samoan Under 18s team which kept their line intact against Australia A last Wednesday and beat Queensland Schools 14-10 on Friday.

Samoa will complete their four-match tour on Saturday when they play NSW Country on the QLD Gold Coast.

 

After tomorrow's match, Australian selectors will finalise their Australian and Australia A teams to play the touring New Zealand Schools in October (see below for fixtures).

 

Media note:Australian coach Pat Langtry is available for interview on 0417 896 507.

 

Australian Schools team to play Samoan Under 18s

Wednesday 28 September 2005, Ballymore

No

Name

School

State

1

Daniel Roach

St. Ignatius' College

NSW

2

James Hanson

St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace

QLD

3

Ben Daley

All Saints Anglican School

QLD

4

Phil Mathers

The King's School

NSW

5

Matthew Day

St. Joseph's College Hunters Hill

NSW

6

Lagi Setu

Ipswich Grammar School

QLD

7

David Pocock

Anglican Church Grammar School

QLD

8

Patrick McCutcheon (c)

St. Joseph's College Hunters Hill

NSW

9

Nathan Sievert

St. Joseph's College Hunters Hill

NSW

10

Kurtley Beale

St. Joseph's College Hunters Hill

NSW

11

Brett Stapleton

The Southport School

QLD

12

Brett Gillespie

Ipswich Grammar School

QLD

13

Andrew Barrett

Illawarra Sports High School

NSW

14

Rota Setu

St Edmund's College, Ipswich

QLD

15

Lachlan Turner

Newington College

NSW

16

Jonathan Salvi

Marist College Canberra

ACT

17

Joseph Egan

Casuarina Senior College

NT

18

Gavin Warren

St Joseph's College, Nudgee

QLD

19

Daniel Linde

Ipswich Grammar School

QLD

20

Josh Afu

Brisbane State High School

QLD

21

Masi Tusitala

Marist College Canberra

ACT

22

Quade Cooper

Anglican Church Grammar School

QLD

23

Rowan Kellam

Cumberland High School

NSW

 

Team management

 

Pat Langtry

Coach

St Edmunds College ACT

Glen Cronan

Manager

St Joseph's College, Nudgee QLD

David Grogan

Assistant Manager

Anglican Church Grammar School QLD

Greg Gerrard

Assistant Coach

Northern Beaches Secondary College NSW

Andrew Ryan

Physiotherapist

NSW

 

RESULTS - SAMOAN UNDER 18s

Wednesday 21 September

Australia A Schools 12 (Christian Lealiifano 3, Ben Lucas penalties) defeated Samoan Under 18s 6 (Ki Anufe 2 penalties) in Brisbane.

Friday 23 September

Samoan Under 18s 14 (Richard Muagututia try; Ki Anufe 3 penalties) defeated Queensland Schools 10 (Taniela Hoponoa try; Andrew Krelle conversion, penalty) in Noosa.

NEW ZEALAND SCHOOLS TOUR

Tues 4 Oct      Australia A v New Zealand     Victoria Barracks, Sydney      2:00pm

Sat 8 Oct         Australia v New Zealand         Vikings Rugby Park     12:30pm

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