Australian Schoolboy Selection


Knox student, Timothy Duchesne has realised his dream of wearing the ‘green and gold’ with selection in the Australian Schoolboy Rugby Team. He will have his first game in the Australian jumper against Samoa on 8 September and then again on 11 September at ANZ Stadium when the Australian Schoolboys take on Fiji as the curtain-raiser to the Bledisloe Cup match.

The Year 11 student started the rugby season as one of two top halves for Knox but didn’t gain immediate selection in the Knox 1st XV. Duchesne worked hard and persisted with his training despite being overlooked at the start of the season and was rewarded with the 1st XV spot at the commencement of the second round of games.

This dedication was further rewarded for Duchesne with selection in the Combined Associated Schools (CAS) 2nd XV, followed by being named in the Combined States team for the Australian Schools Rugby Union National Championships.

At the conclusion of the National Championships at Ballymore, Brisbane, Duchesne was announced in the Australian Schoolboy Rugby Team.

Head of the Knox Sports Academy, Mr Chuck Ardron, said “At this age boys grow and gain strength rapidly and Timothy is a perfect example of a student who has developed into an outstanding player over time.”

Other Knox boys to gain representative honours for the Australian Schools Rugby National Championships were Hugh Alexander (NSW 1st XV), Cameron Clark (NSW 2nd XV), Jordan Reid (Combined States) and Myles Doughman (shadow NSW squad).

Not to be outdone by the senior players, Year 10 students Michael Rowley (NSW Schools U16) and Sam Kitchen (Sydney Juniors U16) have been selected to play in the Australian Rugby Union’s National U16 Championships at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview later in Term 3.