Australian Schools Championships: 8 players that have impressed so far

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After three days of running rugby played in perfect conditions, ACT will play QLD II in a surprise Australian Schools final at Riverview tomorrow. While the quality from all teams has been high all week, here are eight players that have caught our eyes so far:

Will Goddard – ACT

ACT flyhalf Will Goddard has been close to the player of the tournament to date and his kicking boot is a big reason why ACT will play in tomorrow’s final.

Lachlan Connors – QLD II

Queensland No.8 Lachlan Connors capped a brilliant week with a man of the match performance in yesterday’s upset win over NSW I. A similar performance in tomorrow’s final could see him play his way into an Australian jersey.

Donny Freeman – NSW I

NSW openside flanker Donny Freeman has been everywhere in the three matches he has played, his work rate is exceptional.

Brendan Jimenez – ACT

In one of the best 15 minutes of rugby you’ll see, ACT fullback Brendan Jimenez scored two individual tries and set up a third to help his side overcome a 17-point deficit and beat NSW II on Wednesday afternoon.

Trevor Hosea – QLD I

Queensland lock Trevor Hosea is an absolute giant and while others in the tournament may have him for height, no other player is as physically imposing as Hosea around the park. His lock partner Harry Wilson has been outstanding as well.

Harry Turner – Combined States

Combined States flanker Harry Turner quickly put the disappointment of missing out on NSW selection aside and has had a fantastic week for Combined States.

Hunter Ward – NSW II

NSW II No.8 Hunter Ward has been one of his sides best in all three matches this week and is a hard working ball runner with plenty of aggression.

Campbell Parata – QLD I

While his side has a slow start to the week, Queensland flyhalf Campbell Parata was brilliant against NSW II yesterday afternoon. While he doesn’t overplay his hand, Parata controls play well and has a brilliant kicking game.