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Lomax's son a big hit for rivals


Lee Gaskin

Tyrel Lomax, son of Raiders star John Lomax, will represent the ACT under 16 rugby union team.

Tyrel Lomax, son of Raiders star John Lomax, will represent the ACT under 16 rugby union team. Photo: Colleen Petch

TIPPING the scales at a whopping 125 kilograms, it's easy to see the resemblance between Tyrel Lomax and the former Canberra Raiders front-rower he calls dad.

There is just one key difference - unlike New Zealand rugby league international John Lomax, this 16-year-old giant is quickly making his name in the rival code.

Emerging prop Tyrel will be packing down in scrums for the ACT Brumbies under-16s representative team at the Australian championships in Sydney, starting tomorrow.

His father earned a reputation as a powerhouse front-rower for the Raiders during the 1990s.

John Lomax played 65 games for the Green Machine from 1993 to 1996, but famously missed the club's most recent premiership in 1994 after being suspended in the preliminary final.

The under-16 Brumbies also features the nephew of Raiders great Laurie Daley, goal-kicking outside centre Tom Evans.

And while he won't be in action at this tournament, Australian Schoolboys (under-18) prop Neori Nadruku, the son of flying Fijian winger Noa, outlines the strong Raiders connection in the junior rugby union ranks in the ACT.

Tyrel grew up in Wellington before moving to Canberra at the start of last year.

He had been earmarked in the development system with the Raiders and played club rugby league in Canberra, but made the agonising decision to concentrate all his efforts into rugby union.

''Moving back to Canberra opened up an opportunity in rugby league, but whichever one I was going further with I decided to stay with,'' Lomax said.

''Everyone thought I would follow in dad's footsteps and live up to the last name.

''It's pretty tough, everyone expects me to be just like him.''

Playing in the first XV was the ultimate achievement at his old school, just as it is at St Edmund's College.

With past students including the likes of Wallabies greats George Gregan and Matt Giteau, Lomax is getting a crash course in his chosen code.

He's worked alongside Brumbies props Ben Alexander and Dan Palmer and forwards coach Laurie Fisher as part of the ARU junior gold squad, which also contains Evans.

''I didn't take [rugby union] that seriously over there [in New Zealand], I've learnt everything I know now from being in Canberra,'' Lomax said. ''It's very professional with everything we do.''

The Brumbies under-16 coach Russell Ingram said Lomax had the raw potential to make an impact at the higher level.

''In the last couple of years his rugby has really come on,'' Ingram said.

''He's a good size and a great shape for an elite front-rower. We've got great hope for him and I think the game of rugby suits him.''

The Brumbies kick off their under-16 national championships campaign against the Queensland Reds tomorrow.

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 vs AUS 01:30Twic
USA vs NZL 07:00Soldier Field
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs SAM 01:00Stadio Del Duca
ENG vs NZL 01:30Twic
WAL vs AUS 01:30MilS
FRA vs FJI 03:45Stade Velodrome
IRE vs RSA 04:30Lansdowne Road
SCO vs ARG 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs ARG 01:00Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
ENG vs RSA 01:30Twic
WAL vs FJI 01:30MilS
SCO vs NZL 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
FRA vs AUS 07:00StdF
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE vs GEO 01:30Lansdowne Road
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs RSA 01:00Stadio Plebiscito
SCO vs TGA 01:30Rugby Park
IRE vs AUS 03:30Lansdowne Road
WAL vs NZL 04:30MilS
ENG vs SAM 06:00Twic
FRA vs ARG 07:00StdF
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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