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: http://oldboysrugbyclub.com.au/spirit-of-rugby-award/