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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.

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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