U16 School Championships at Daceyville


2/07/2019





It was a big weekend at NSW Rugby HQ, as the David Phillips Sports Complex hosted the U16 School Championships.

The competition also doubled as a selection trial for the NSW U16 side, with each team guaranteed three games as talent scouts watched on closely – with four teams set to be selected off the back of the weekend’s games.

“We’ll be selecting two NSW school teams, a Sydney junior team and a Country junior team – they’ll be playing each other in a few weeks,” said Andrew Cleverly.

The Head of Talent at NSW Rugby said the weekend played a significant role in the wake of the National Championships in September.

“There are some players we’re aware of through our previous programs but it’s a year-on-year [selection] process, it’s a good opportunity to see how players are growing and developing,” Cleverly said.

“At this age players can go on very different journeys, some guys can lose their way a little while others can come from nowhere and really make an impact.”

Cleverly said the concept of bringing players into a development pathway from a very young age was about educating them in the holistic approach that’s required to succeed in a professional sporting environment.

“I think the biggest thing is stressing the approach that’s required by these boys to look after themselves and their bodies as they grow, understanding what’s required to potentially deal with the rigours of professional sport,” Cleverly said.

“If we can get players to understand that from a young age – how they need to look after themselves, the way they carry themselves in a team environment – then we can start to see them come into a professional rugby really prepared.

Cleverly noted the development of Will Harris, Will Harrison and Angus Bell as three players who had benefited from these early development pathways – going onto earn professional contracts and represent Australia at U20 level.

“A few great examples of players who have been a part of this [Gen Blue] system and have the attributes we’re looking for,” Cleverly added.

“They’ve come into a professional environment at a young age and excelled. These boys will be pushing for spots in the Super Rugby match day squad next season as 19 and 20-year-olds which is fantastic for the Waratahs and Australian rugby.”

Results:

The Presidents Shield: ISA Black 31 def. AICES 7
The John Miller Shield: CCC 20 def. ISA Gold 18
The Life Members Shield: Presidents B 10 def. CHS 5
The Martin Pitt Memorial Shield: Presidents A 19 def. CAS 17


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