Super Rugby


9/25/2014

Beau Robinson named to lead Bond University Queensland Country against Brisbane City


Beau Robinson will captain Bond University Queensland Country in their Round 6 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship derby maBeau Robinson will captain Bond University Queensland Country in their Round 6 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship derby match against McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City at Ballymore this Sunday, September 28, where the Andy Purcell Cup is on the line. 

Anthony Fainga’a, who led the Country side in their first four encounters, was ruled out of the match with a knee injury which should keep him out of contention for two-to-three weeks. Vice-Captain Greg Holmes was also ruled out of the clash on Wednesday after medical staff confirmed a shoulder injury that will see him on the sidelines for the remainder of the NRC.  

Head coach Steve Meehan believes Robinson will transition into the captaincy role well as an already established senior player within the squad. 

“Beau has been part of the Queensland Country leadership group since the squad came together so the playing group already know what to expect from him,” Meehan said. 

“He is our most experienced player after Anthony and Greg so his selection as captain was a natural choice. I’m sure he’ll shoulder the responsibility well and lead from the front as he always does.” 

With Holmes ruled out, University of Queensland prop Campbell Wakely will earn his first start for Queensland Country at tighthead-prop. Wakely’s elevation to the starting line-up has also made way for Townsville prop Andrew Parker, who has been named as one of two reserve props. 

Parker, who recently won the Townsville district Rugby Grand Final with Townsville Brothers, was a member of the 2014 Queensland Country Heelers squad that travelled to New Zealand for a two match tour in June. He has previously played Premier Rugby for Easts Tigers and was part of their 2013 Championship side. 

Meehan is pleased to offer Parker an opportunity in the Country squad. 

“It’s great to be able to provide Andrew with an opportunity to represent Queensland Country this Sunday. His inclusion in the squad is a great example of the Queensland Country development pathway at work,” Meehan said. 

In the backs, Reds Wider Training Squad ‘Player of the Year’ Sam Johnson has been named at inside centre and will make his starting debut for Queensland Country, while Clynton Knox (Brothers) returns to outside centre. 

These three changes are the only made to the starting XV which delivered Country their first win in the NRC over the Greater Sydney Rams last week. 

In the reserves, Tonga Ma’afu (Norths) and Will Slipper (Bond University) join Parker as cover for the frontrow. Lock Sam Fattal (Easts) and flanker Jack de Guingand (University) have also been named. 

University of Queensland centre Herman Porter has been named for his potential NRC debut, he will be joined by James Tuttle (GPS) and Rota Setu (University) as cover for the backs. 

This weekend’s match features added incentive for both sides, as Queensland Rugby announced earlier this week they would be competing for The Andy Purcell Cup - named after the late QRU Life Member who graced the game with more than 50 years of service - first as a player, then a referee, a coach and also as an administrator.

The newly named Andy Purcell Cup will be contested annually by Brisbane City and Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship, adding extra meaning to every fixture between these two historic sides. 

While this is the first NRC match of its kind, Queensland Country and Brisbane City representative matches have a lengthy history in Queensland Rugby. The first recorded match between the two sides was at a Country Week carnival in 1902.

Queensland Country and Brisbane City face off this Sunday, 28 September, at Ballymore Stadium at 3:00pm. As was tradition with matches at Ballymore, spectators will be allowed onto the hallowed turf following the match.

Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/1rPoaeS. The match will also be live streamed at www.redsrugby.com.au, featuring guest commentary from injured Reds prop Ben Daley.

Bond University Queensland Country 

1.       Haydn Hirsimaki (Sunnybank) 
2.       Ryan Freney (GPS)
3.       Campbell Wakely (University of Queensland)** 
4.       Rubin Fuimaono (Bond University) 
5.       Dan Gorman (GPS)
6.       James Turner (Souths)
7.       Beau Robinson (C) (Reds/Souths) 
8.       Ben Adams (Sunnybank)
9.       Sam Grasso (GPS)
10.   Matt Brandon (Easts)
11.   Giles Beveridge (Brothers)
12.   Sam Johnson (Reds WTS/GPS)**
13.   Clynton Knox (Brothers)
14.   Tom Pincus (University of Queensland)
15.   Jamie-Jerry Taulagi (Reds/University of Queensland)

Reserves 

16.   Tonga Ma’afu (Norths)
17.   Will Slipper (Bond University)
18.   Andrew Parker (Townsville Brothers)* 
19.   Sam Fattal (Easts)
20.   Jack de Guingand (University of Queensland)
21.   James Tuttle (GPS)
22.   Herman Porter (University of Queensland)* 
23.   Rota Setu (University of Queensland)

*Denotes potential debut
**Denotes starting debut

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