Schoolboy rewarded with selection
FORMER Kingscliff High School student Campbell Wakely has earned a place in the Australian Schoolboys rugby squad that will take on England, then New Zealand later this year.
The 17-year-old hooker was part of the Queensland team, inspired by the Reds’ victory in the Super 15, which beat New South Wales in the national championships recently, 30-12.
The schoolboys soaked up the Suncorp Stadium clash at the venue, then woke the next morning to take on Queensland’s traditional rival.
“There is definitely a bit of state rivalry between Queensland and New South Wales and there was certainly some feeling there during that final,” Wakely said.
“It is something Queensland have won for the past six years, so to finish that off after the Reds won the previous night was really good.”
Wakely came off the bench for Queensland during the tournament, so it was to his great delight he was announced as part of the Australian team.
It was his third straight year representing the state and he had always harboured a desire to make the national side.
“To finish off Year 12 and make the Australian Schoolboys, that is something pretty special,” Wakely said.
He stopped short of saying it was a dream come true, because he dreams of loftier achievements in rugby, and is also planning to attend university, and hopes to study physical sciences.
BUT the 185cm, 100kg kid is built to be a rugby hooker, or prop, and loves packing his head into the front row of a scrum, or throwing to a lineout.
Wakely began his rugby career as a five-year-old with the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Barbarians juniors, which eventually became the Casuarina Beach Rugby Club. He began boarding at The Southport School at the start of Year 11 and now captains the first 15 rugby side.
“The best part of rugby for me is the friendships I have made. You might even be playing for different teams, but whatever happens on the field stays on the field and it doesn’t matter when you catch up after the game,” he said.
It is believed he is the first Tweed boy to make the Australian Schoolboys rugby side.
The team plays England in late August, or early September, and is then re-chosen for the New Zealand clash.