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Lomax's son a big hit for rivals

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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 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 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
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 02:45Olym
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 02:45Olym
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
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WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
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LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
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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
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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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