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Footy in the blood

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Jon Tuxworth

ACT Schoolboys rugby trials, ASC North v ASC South,  (L) ASC South's Tom Staniforth contest's with (R) ASC North's Andrew Durham in the line out.

ACT Schoolboys rugby trials, ASC North v ASC South, (L) ASC South's Tom Staniforth contest's with (R) ASC North's Andrew Durham in the line out. Photo: Colleen Petch

The ACT schoolboys' side can boast some impressive pedigree with both Neora Nadruku and Tom Staniforth claiming strong football bloodlines.

Nadruku's dad Noa was a try-scoring machine and one of the quickest and most dynamic players to pull on a Canberra Raiders jumper.

But as far as football is concerned, Noa's son is the yin to his yang.

Noa was a fleet-footed winger, but Neora is a 110kg prop who was last week chosen in the ACT schoolboys rugby union team.

The 17-year-old is tipped to be a key player when the ACT plays in July's national championships at Sydney's St Ignatius College.

ACT schoolboys coach Graham Reid said while Neora was vastly different to his father, a winger who scored 73 tries in 92 games for the Raiders, the way he approached a game was very similar.

''What I can say is he shows all the ball skills Noa had, and the enthusiasm to run with the ball,'' Reid said.

''He mightn't be as quick as his dad was at his age, but he gives us a lot of go-forward and he doesn't shirk any of that sort of stuff.

''Noa comes to all his games and rides him pretty hard, he knows a lot about rugby union.

''He played with us last year as well and he was a standout performer, especially against the higher-quality opposition.''

ACT vice-captain Staniforth also comes from good stock as the cousin of former Wallabies back Scott Staniforth.

Lock Staniforth missed last year's national championships, where ACT won just one game, due to a shoulder injury.

His inclusion will add some welcome grunt to the pack as it attempts to match wits with heavyweights Queensland and New South Wales.

''Tommy's a very aggressive player as well, he loves the contact area of the game and we missed him a lot last year when he wasn't there [last year],'' Reid said.

''He's one of the team leaders so we want him to lead us from the front foot and bring some of the younger guys behind him.''

The ACT side is skippered by Andrew Robinson, an outside centre who has come off the bench on occasion for John I Dent Cup giants Tuggeranong Vikings.

ACT schoolboys team

Andrew Robinson, Angus Howard, Beau Donovan, Callum Smith, Connall McInerney, Dean Parragalli, Dougal McLaughlan, Edward Garraway, Greg Fatiaki, Harry Burey, Harry Flemming, Jack Stanford, Jake Gordon, Jamie Bodman, Joe Powell, Jordan Place, Josh Brugmam, Matt Narracott, Mitchell Tye, Montana O'Neil, Neori Nadruku, Tom Staniforth, Washington Underwood.

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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