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Schoolboys' glory whets appetite for professionalism

Australian Schoolboys Team representatives Neori Nadruku, Andrew Robinson and Tom Staniforth are back in Canberra after playing in a tour of New Zealand.

Australian Schoolboys Team representatives Neori Nadruku, Andrew Robinson and Tom Staniforth are back in Canberra after playing in a tour of New Zealand. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

They've had a taste of international rugby and after finally helping to give Australia trans-Tasman bragging rights, the Australian Schoolboys' Canberra trio are hungry for more.

Neori Nadruku, Andrew Robinson and Tom Staniforth played on only the second Australian side to beat the New Zealand Schoolboys in New Zealand, but for now they are putting rugby on hold to focus on their studies.

Nadruku, Robinson and Staniforth returned to the capital yesterday, just a day after Australia's 16-14 win over New Zealand at Auckland Grammar. The victory gives a glimmer of hope for the future, as Robbie Deans's Wallabies struggle to match the All Blacks.

And despite returning battered and bruised after a three-week tour of New Zealand and Fiji, there was no time to celebrate as they prepared for the last weeks of their school life.

The three players hope their performances will launch them on to the Super Rugby radar.

''It's the pinnacle of schoolboys' rugby, the Australian and New Zealand rivalry,'' Robinson said.

''You couldn't ask for a better way to finish the schoolboys career. I don't know what I'm going to do now. I'm still deciding [what I'll do after school]. Rugby is always going to be there and it's hopefully something I can get into professionally.''

Robinson has been a star of schoolboy rugby for the past two years. He is captain of the ACT team and his development was fast-tracked when he was forced to play first and second grade for the Tuggeranong Vikings because he was told he was too young to play in the Canberra colts competition.

The St Mary MacKillop College year 12 student scored the opening try against New Zealand, pushing off the fullback before dashing 20 metres to get across the line.

The teams traded penalties in the second half and Australia held on for a two-point victory. It was the fourth time the Australian Schoolboys had beaten their New Zealand rivals in the past six clashes.

Staniforth was also a standout and hopes to continue his rugby career when he finishes his HSC exams at Canberra Grammar.

Nadruku, the son of former Raiders player Noa, did not play against New Zealand, but he got game time on the three-week tour.

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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