Australian Schools Rugby Union Representative Teams 2021

The Victorian Schoolboys participated in a selection carnival in June played at Marist College Canberra where the ASRU Selectors were in attendance.

Congratulations to three Victorians who were selected in the ASRU President’s XV for 2021.


15  Blair Pengelly      Mt Waverley Secondary College  VIC

19  Paino Hehea        St Francis Xavier College  VIC

20  Tom Pattison       Wheelers Hill Secondary College VIC


At the Brisbane Australian Schools luncheon on 10 September the 2021 Australia A and President’s XV teams were announced.

As the Australian Schools’ Rugby Union Championships could not be held this year. Australian Schools representative team selection was based on the player's performance at school, Association and State matches played in 2021.
Unfortunately, we cannot play test match Rugby in 2021 but these players as selected members of an Australian representative team will be recorded in our rich history and will be awarded a test jersey and certificate in recognition of this achievement to be presented by their schools.
The selection committee of the Australian Schools’ Rugby Union have selected the following players in the Australia A, Australian Schools’ Rugby Union team.

Australian Schools’ Rugby Union, congratulate these players and wish them joy and fulfillment in their forthcoming playing career

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Conclusion of Season 2021 Announcement

Due to the continuing situation with the COVID19 pandemic and, the successive lockdowns being experienced by the community, the Victorian Schools Rugby Union has cancelled the remainder of the winter season 2021.


The VSRU announces that the 2021 1st XV Premiership has been awarded to St Kevin’s College and, Runners Up to Brighton Grammar School, based on guidelines decided earlier in the year. 

The VSRU congratulates all the schools involved in the 2021 season especially every player, coach, referee, official and parent who made it possible for the number of matches that were able to be held under quite difficult circumstances

We all look forward to the Term 4 APS Sevens season due to kick off in the middle of the term.

Kevin Culliver OAM


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ASRU Capital Rugby Carnival

The Australian Schools Rugby Union held a schools competition in Canberra over four days June 27 - 30.

After nearly two years without interstate representative matches between states this was welcome relief and a wonderful experience for all the players involved.

Further than the overall COVID-19 crisis there were outbreaks in several states and territories in the lead up and in the end only Victoria was able to travel. There were two matches conducted ACT Schools v Victorian Schools.These were played in great spirit and an atmosphere of camaraderie and good will. ACT won both matches however Victoria were within a try for most of the second match. All the players acquitted themselves well. ASRU selectors viewed the matches and will also view any matches held in other jurisdictions in the next months with a hope to select two representative teams for potential matches in September. A schoolgirls Sevens exhibition match was also held.

The players took part in educational experiences off the field in tours, training and lessons at the Brumbies Centre and also seized the opportunity to have guided tours of the Australian War Memorial. Enormous thanks to Marist College Canberra for hosting the matches, the ACT Brumbies and referees, NSW Rugby Club Foundation, Gullivers Sports Travel, Carotel Motel and Deane's Coaches without whom the Capital Rugby Carnival simply would not have occured.

‘Victorian Schoolboys’ rides again

 The Victorian Schoolboys commenced its 2021 campaign last Saturday 17 April when 68 boys attended a skills and fitness test. On ANZAC Day the 40 ‘Possibles’ played an excellent trial match at Xavier College, Kew, before 28 will go forward to a training squad over the next 8 weeks.

Prior to the match an ANZAC Day service was held and the players observed a minute’s silence out of respect for Australia’s fallen in war.

The Victorian Schoolboys will play a series of matches against Academies in Victoria and matches against ACT Schools and NSW Schools teams in Canberra in late June.

Some ASRU selectors will attend these matches and name a representative team from the Interstate Series with an intention that an ASRU Barbarians team is named to play matches in September.

Old Boys Rugby Club - Spirit of Rugby Award

The Old Boys Rugby Club offers rugby post-school for VSRU competition players. 

Applications are now open for the Old Boys Rugby Club - Spirit of Rugby Award for outgoing students departing Year 12 during 2020.

The Old Boys Rugby Club is offering sporting scholarships of up to $1,000 plus elite athlete support services as part of the Spirit of Rugby Award.

The scholarship honours the spirit of rugby in its search for student rugby players who exemplify the attributes he represented: leadership, community endeavour, and sporting excellence.

Candidates are encouraged to as soon as possible as applications will close 6 November 2020

The web page for the award can be found at:

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