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Robinson keen to follow Hooper into Super Rugby


David Polkinghorne

Talented Canberra junior Andrew Robinson wants to follow the path created by ACT Brumby Michael Hooper and continue his rise through the Australian rugby ranks.

Robinson was selected in the Australia A schoolboy side last year and hopes to go one step better and be picked in the first XV this year.

Hooper's journey through the Brumbies ranks is an inspiration to the ACT's schoolboys who are just a couple of years behind the 20-year-old. Hooper was in the Australia A schoolboys side in 2008 but missed out on the senior side the following year due to shoulder surgery.

The flanker then capped off a stellar junior career when he was named Australian under-20 player of the year last year and he has established himself as a Super Rugby star this year.

It's a path St Mary MacKillop College student Robinson dreams of following.

His path to achieving that goal began at the schoolboys open training camp, organised by the Brumbies, in Griffith last Sunday.

''After the trouble [the Brumbies] have been through it's good to see some of the young boys coming in and starting to make a difference in the Super XV comp,'' Robinson told Personal Best. ''Especially Michael Hooper, he's only a 20-year-old, he's not long out of school. You kind of picture yourself being in the same sort of position he is.''

Ninety promising lads took part in a series of practice games to give ACT schoolboys coach Graham Reed his first chance to cast an eye over the talent available.

Over the coming weeks he will put together a squad of 23 for the schoolboys nationals at St Ignatius' College Riverview, in Sydney, in July.

''What I'm looking at is their raw natural talent and physicality,'' Reed said.

''Going to nationals is a pretty big ask for these kids, most of them have never played at that level.

''And when you come up against the top states, NSW and Queensland, you've got to be pretty physical.

'' … The good thing is we've got good numbers here today, we've had the chance to see most of the kids. If you're going in blind and just relying on one trial game it's a bit hard [to pick a squad].''

The ACT will play South Australia and Victoria in Albury on June 9 and then have a game against an ACT under-19 side as its warm-ups for the nationals.

In the week after nationals, the Australia and Australia A sides will play Tonga before they tour Fiji and New Zealand in September.

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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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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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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