The Armidale School officially launched their rugby program on Friday night with two special guests on hand to inspire them.
Adrian ‘Moose’ Skeggs –nicknamed for his massive frame when he arrived at TAS from Lord Howe Island aged 14 – played professionally for NSW, the Qld Reds and donned the green and gold for Australia as a Wallaby tourist against Canada in 1993, and is the only rugby player from Lord Howe Island to represent Australia in the sport. The former tighthead prop is currently the Australian Convenor of the Rugby Business Network which brings together senior business people with a passion for rugby.
Five years behind him at TAS was the diminutive Michael Forsythe (who inherited his brother’s moniker), a nippy halfback who in his final year toured with Australian Schoolboys in New Zealand, then went on to play for Sydney University, the Australian under 21s in 1989 then Northern Suburbs and finally Colleagues, which won the Judd Cup premiership in 1996.
The TAS team had a good day on Saturday, defeating Sydney Grammar Firsts 24-6 in a pre-season match - the teams will meet up again in Sydney during the actual AAGPS competition.
The first round of the AAGPS third grade competition begins on June 2 with TAS playingThe Scots College.