2017 QLD Country Opens and U19s teams announced
The 2017 Queensland Country Heelers Opens and Under 19 squads have been named, following the Queensland Country Championships in Bundaberg last week.
In the opens, South Queensland had a successful tournament in Bundaberg and will have 17 representatives in the 25-man Heelers squad.
“It’s a reflection of their last few years where they’ve put back-to-back titles together. With a short program we look for combinations and obviously with their success there’s a couple of good combinations there,” coach Rob Johnson said.
“We’ve named hooker Jack Cook and two locks Lachlan Cullick and Sam Tweedy who play club football together in Goondiwindi so that will help at lineout time.
“We’ve had a huge turnover from previous years so it’s a very new squad. There were numerous people who we hadn’t seen a great deal of but have played out of their skin.”
The Heelers will kick off their three-match tour with a match against the Queensland Premier Rugby’s Presidents XV on the 25th of June.
“It will be a great game for us. We only get into camp on the Friday with a few short sessions before that game but we’re excited to show what country Rugby is about by playing hard football right from the start.
South Queensland Under 19s ended North Queensland’s three-year Queensland Country Championship reign and have been rewarded with 15 players selected in the Queensland Country Under 19 Team.
The U19s side will also take on a Presidents XV outfit on the 25th of June, before returning to Ballymore on the 28th to play the University of Queensland Premier Colts side.
Head coach Terry Shiells said: “From my point-of-view it’s about giving young players an opportunity for people to see them play at the next level.
“I think it’s a good group. All of the boys look fit and strong and they look keen to participate.
“The next step for us as coaches is to pick the best XV. That’ll happen when we get into camp and attitude becomes a big thing at this level.”
“It’s going to be good. We don’t have a lot of time together and some guys will find it tough but there’s definitely players there who can play at the next level in the future,” he said.
Ballymore – June 25
Queensland Country Heelers v Queensland Premier Rugby President’s XV
Queensland Country Under 19 v Queensland Premier Rugby President’s U19
Ballymore – June 28
Queensland Country Heelers v North Canterbury
Queensland country Under 19 v University of Queensland Premier Colts
Newcastle – July 1
Queensland Country Heelers v NSW Country
Queensland Country Under 19 v NSW Country U19
|Queensland Country Heelers Opens Team|
|Kyle Beakey||South Queensland|
|Sam Bradely||North Queensland|
|Jack Cook||South Queensland|
|Wilson Enoka||South Queensland|
|Stephen Finigan||South Queensland|
|Josh Fletcher||North Queensland|
|Will Gilbert||South Queensland|
|Matt Gicquel||South Queensland|
|Harry Hawker||South Queensland|
|Hugh Huppatz||North Queensland|
|Shane Kennedy||North Queensland|
|Kai Lowal||North Queensland|
|Jesse McGilvary||South Queensland|
|Charlie McKill||South Queensland|
|Kris Nielson||North Queensland|
|Mitch Planten||South Queensland|
|Tim Rodgers||South Queensland|
|Jay Shulte||South Queensland|
|John Southern||South Queensland|
|Kerwin Swanson||North Queensland|
|Lachlan Tullock||South Queensland|
|James Turvey||South Queensland|
|Sam Tweedy||South Queensland|
|John Vinson||South Queensland|
|David West||Central Queensland|
Head Coach: Rob Johnson – South Queensland
Assistant Coach: Stuart Beakey – South Queensland
Manager: Dan Bowdler – South Queensland
Physio: Jon Moses – South Queensland
|Queensland Country Under 19 Team|
|Angus Small||North Queensland|
|Hahns Sperling||South Queensland|
|Benjamin Stewart||South Queensland|
|Roarke Christensen||Central Queensland|
|Sam Von Blankensee||South Queensland|
|Daniel Cooper||North Queensland|
|Taine Craig-Love||South Queensland|
|Jamieson Smith||South Queensland|
|Dexter Anderson||North Queensland|
|Dan Cover||South Queensland|
|Adam Berthleson||South Queensland|
|Reurben Olive||Central Queensland|
|Billy Bully||North Queensland|
|Lachlan Smith||North Queensland|
|Lachlan Sperling||South Queensland|
|Joe Gilbert||South Queensland|
|Dominic Vercoe||South Queensland|
|Tyler Searle||South Queensland|
|Stefan Vilijoen||Central Queensland|
|Joey Cram||North Queensland|
|Trent Owen||North Queensland|
|Rohan Gale||South Queensland|
|Jodezhi Gage||South Queensland|
|Nat Currie||South Queensland|
|Malachi Reweti||South Queensland|
Head Coach: Terry Shiells – North Queensland
Assistant Coach: Joe Faalago – South Queensland
Development coach: Fran Lando – North Queensland
Manager: Robert Brennan – North Queensland
Physio: Leigh McCarthy