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NSW Rugby have recently restructured their under 18s development pathway in the hope of keeping players from different walks of life playing rugby.
Trials for the Sydney U18s Rep team were held at Blackman Park, Lane Cove over the weekend of Sunday, April 22nd.
Around 75 of club rugby’s best and brightest young Under 18 year old players put their talents on show in front of coaching staff, selectors and a good crowd of interested spectators. There was a really high standard of rugby on show and competition for spots in the squad was fierce.
The Sydney U18s Rep Pathway is open to all U18s club rugby players in 2018 SJRU, premiership or subbies competitions, whether they’re at school, an apprentice, TAFE student or in the workforce.
“It’s an alternative and inclusive pathway stream, that sits outside the Schools Associations,” explains Pat McCutcheon who is the Elite Youth Manager at NSW Waratahs.
4 players from Northern Suburbs Colts were fortunate enough to gain selection for the ‘possible v probables’ match on Sunday, May 6th.
Maclean Dombkins (Prop), Liam Janson (Second Row), Josh Gazzard (Scrum Half) and Tristan Leffers (Fullback).
The Sydney U18s Rep team will play feature matches against NSW Country and Schools Association teams, which will act as selection trials for the NSWJRU U18s team. This NSWJRU U18s team will then compete at the Division 2 National Championships on the Gold Coast in early July.
Whilst there is also a strong Norths contingent involved in the coaching of junior Rep teams for the upcoming Junior State Championships over the June Long Weekend.
Norths Colts players Ed Gregory and Ben Furby along with 3rd Colts assistant coach Ben Gregory will lend their recent experience to the Under 16’s Presidents XV.
And Norths 3rd Colts Head Coach Terry Cook will be assisted by fellow Colts players, Gab Cooper, Jack Radford and Lachland and Angus Windred when they look after the U/15’s Barbarians.
It is great to have players coming through the various pathways as aspirational players and it is even better having players give back to the rugby community by assisting with coaching and giving back to the pathway.
Image – Ed Gregory in action for Norths 1st Colts