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Queensland Rugby will be searching for consecutive National Under 16 Championships after two strong teams were announced for the tournament commencing on Monday 1 October at St Ignatius College, Riverview.
Queensland Red and Queensland White teams have been chosen for the week-long Championships, which were won by Queensland Red in 2011 after they recorded a commanding 48-14 victory over NSW Schools.
Queensland White were equally impressive in 2011 and finished in third after a 53-22 victory over 2010 winners Sydney Juniors in the 3 v 4 playoff.
Queensland Red, coached by Jason Gilmore, commences their tournament on Monday 1 October against Brumbies at 1:30pm before subsequent Pool B encounters against Sydney Juniors and Victoria.
Queensland White will be coached by Michael Lucas and will compete in Pool A against NSW Schools, Western Australia and NSW Country. The opening match of their campaign comes against Western Australia on Monday 1 October at 2:45pm.
The Queensland Under 16 Program is a proven breeding ground for future Queensland Reds with almost half of the current squad, including Quade Cooper and Digby Ioane, having progressed through the program.
It’s also the first step in the elite Rugby pathway and, as well as aiding players with their on-field development, the program offers players a better understanding to the off-field demands of the modern professional game.
Head Coach Jason Gilmore
Assistant Coach Anthony Connellan
Assistant Coach Lachlan Parkinson
Manager Ben Lowrie
SCHEDULE: MATCH DAY 1 – Monday 1st October
0930 NSW Schools v NSW Country
1045 Sydney Juniors v Victoria
1330 QLD Red v Brumbies
1445 QLD White v Western Australia
SCHEDULE: MATCH DAY 2 – Tuesday 2nd October
0930 Tasmania v South Australia
1015 Sydney Juniors v Brumbies
1045 National Indigenous v Northern Territory
1330 QLD White v NSW Country
1415 QLD Red v Victoria
1445 NSW Schools v Western Australia
LAY DAY – Wednesday 3rd October
SCHEDULE: MATCH DAY 3 – Thursday 4th October
0930 Victoria v Brumbies
1015 Tasmania v National Indigenous
1045 Western Australia v NSW Country
1330 QLD Red v Sydney Juniors
1415 Northern Territory v South Australia
1445 NSW Schools v QLD White
SCHEDULE: MATCH DAY 4 – Friday 5th October
0845 Northern Territory v Tasmania
0900 Pool A (4th) v Pool B (4th)
1000 Pool A (2nd) v Pool B (2nd)
1020 South Australia v National Indigenous
1120 Pool A (3rd) v Pool B (3rd) Div 1 Plate Final
1140 Pool A (1st) v Pool B (1st) Div 1 Final
16 FEBRUARY 2019