Marist College player Tom Evans and Gungahlin Senior player Jordan Fulivai have been selected for the ACT Schoolboys team for the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Championships. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
They come from 'royal' Canberra Raiders bloodlines, but Tom Evans and Jordan Fulivai will be leading the ACT at the Australian schoolboys rugby union championships in Sydney this week. Evans is the the nephew of Raiders great Laurie Daley, while Fulivai is son of former Raiders cult hero winger Albert "The Prince" Fulivai. While a lot of Daley's family was at ANZ Stadium to see him lead NSW to a drought-breaking Origins series victory, including Evans' mum Roslyn, Evans was at home in Canberra studying for Year 12 exams. But Evans, a bullocking centre, admitted he'd been inspired by his uncle's influence rather than intimidated. "It's not really pressure, it just gives me inspiration for what I can do," Evans said. "Whenever I play at Sydney I always stay at his house and he does give me advice. Nothing too big, but he came and watched the under-16s national championships a couple of years ago." Evans, 17, played junior rugby league too, but has focused on union since suffering two stress fractures in his back at 15. "I'm focused on union ... Laurie doesn't care which one I play, he's supportive." Jordan Fulivai has impressed Gungahlin coach and former Australian Wallabies flanker Owen Finegan so much that the teenager has been promoted to Canberra first-grade. The ACT side starts its schoolboys title bid against NSW 2 in Sydney on Monday. Evans said the team is confident of breaking a trend of losing to the bigger states and setting a new standard of schoolboy rugby in Canberra. The tournament will be played at St Ignatius Riverview from Monday to Saturday.
Kyrgios might be heading home
Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios has been nicknamed 'Wild Thing' by former Australian players, including Todd Woodbridge, for his tenacity and showmanship. Those qualities may cost him, with Wimbledon officials likely to fine him for angrily smashing a ball out of the stadium after dropping serve in his epic five-set win over Richard Gasquet. Australian legend John Newcombe, commentating on the match, said ''you can't do that at Wimbledon''. But the 19-year-old could face more scolding from his mum, Nill. She was too nervous to watch the match, but heard reports of her son's temper boiling over and intends to give him a a stern talking to when he returns home. That could come sooner than expected, with Krygios contemplating a move back to Canberra. Kyrgios has been based in Melbourne for 12 months, living with tennis red-head Chris Guccione's family. But the hour-long commute to training and being away from his tight-knit family has taken its toll. Kyrgios could link with his junior coach Todd Larkham in Canberra. One of the major stumbling blocks for the move is the ability for Kyrgios to get regular court-time against international-quality opponents. There have been initial talks to fly in hitting opponents for training. But Tennis Australia officials are waiting until after Wimbledon before finalising details.
Nick Kyrgios may make Canberra his home again. Photo: Getty Images
Jones back in swing at Royal
Canberra golfer Brendan Jones says he is feeling like a teenager again - although the mirror tells him otherwise. Jones flies out to Japan on Sunday night and will play the Invitational Sega Sammy Cup in Hokkaido, which starts Thursday. The 13-time Japan Tour winner has been sidelined for 10 months with a wrist injury that needed two rounds of surgery. While he wasn't expecting a lot, he's taking some form with him having won nearest to the pin and best score in the Royal Canberra stableford competition on Friday.
Ellis back on his bike
Brendan Jones dominated Royal Canberra's club stableford competition on Friday. Photo: Graham Tidy
Canberra track cyclist Daniel Ellis has signed a contract with Cycling Australia with a view to representing Australia at the world cups and world championships later this year. Ellis narrowly missed out on the Commonwealth Games team to compete at Glasgow next month, with fellow Canberran Nathan Hart pipping him for the job of first wheel in the team sprint. His gain is Australia Post's loss, however, with the Adelaide-based postie forced to cut back his mail delivering duties to three days a week. Before CA brought him back, Ellis was just working part-time with the South Australian Sports Institute. He'll decide at the end of the year whether he's going to push on towards the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
Caps searching for a GM
The Canberra Capitals are starting to finalise their roster for the WNBL season and University of Canberra Union chief executive Joe Roff is searching for a team general manager. Roff has been working behind the scenes to help establish the Capitals and university partnership. It is hoped Roff will appoint a general manager in the coming weeks to help ease the team into its transition of ownership from Basketball ACT to the university. Carly Wilson is set to re-sign with the Capitals soon while Kristen Veal is also on the radar. Michelle Cosier is on track to make her WNBL comeback after giving birth to her second child and having an ankle reconstruction.
Daniel Ellis has signed a contract with Cycling Australia. Photo: Andrew Meares
Running repairs at Brumbies HQ
The new $16 million state-of-the-art Brumbies training centre copped a battering and needed some urgent work last week after Canberra was hit with chilly temperatures and strong winds. Construction workers were back on site trying to screw down the roof which had been flapping in the gusts. The players were just happy be in their new home. Prop Ben Alexander went to the change rooms for a spa before fulfilling media commitments on Tuesday. Training in -5 degree temperatures were hardly ideal, especially for the Brumbies players who played at the world club 10s tournament in Singapore. Still at the Brumbies, Wallabies captain Stephen Moore is using his time off with a season-ending knee injury to spruik Canberra. Moore took part in filming of a promotional video of Canberra on Saturday morning. Look for his distinctive bald head in a promo involving the vintage caravan My Sweet Alice down by Lake Burley Griffin when it comes out later in the year.
Canberra yet to warm to Asian Cup
The poor performance of Asian teams at the FIFA World Cup in Rio doesn't help the cause of organisers of the 2015 Asian Cup, being held in Australia. Canberra will host seven matches, including a quarter-final, and despite affordable entry prices the capital has been by far the worst performer of the five host cities in pre-tournament tickets sales. It's understood no more than 6000 tickets have been sold so far in total across the seven games. With 16 teams and 32 matches, it will be the most important soccer tournament ever staged in Australia. But certainly not the biggest. The 2014 Kanga Cup in Canberra will be the biggest tournament yet, 273 teams confirmed to arrive in Canberra for the July kick-off. It will involve almost 4000 players, more than 140 referees, and international teams from Korea Republic and New Zealand.