Rugby duo earn rep stripes

TWO talented rugby players from The Armidale School are training in Sydney this week as part of representative rugby teams from the Athletic Association of Great Public Schools, who will play the best from other NSW schools in coming days.

First XV loose head prop Ben Hamparsum, of ‘Drayton’ Currabubula, has been selected in the Combined GPS White team, which will play GPS Blue on Tuesday and Country Juniors under 18s at Boronia Park, Hunters Hill on Thursday.

Joshua Jones has been selected for the AAGPS President’s XV B side to play in a selection tournament for the NSW Schoolboys U16 squad. Photo: Will Forsyth.

Joshua Jones has been selected for the AAGPS President’s XV B side to play in a selection tournament for the NSW Schoolboys U16 squad. Photo: Will Forsyth.

Talented junior Joshua Jones, ‘Carnavon’ Mullaley, will run on as blind-side breakaway for the under 16s AAGPS President’s XV B side to play in a tournament this weekend also involving representative sides from Combined Associated Schools, Independent Sporting Association, Combined Catholic Colleges, Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools, AICES and Combined High Schools.

The captain of the school’s 16As, Jones was last month for the NSW Country 16s team which will tour New Zealand in July.

During their week of training in Sydney Joshua will be a guest of The Scots College, where they will attend lessons when not training.

The fixtures are also trials for the NSW Opens and under 16s Schoolboys’ squads.

TAS Master in Charge Rugby and Combined AAGPS selector David Drain said it was a great opportunity for the boys to be part of the GPS pathway and play on the paddock with some of the best young schoolboys in the country.

“The experience augurs well for the remainder of this season’s fixtures and will also set them up well for next year.”