Young duo selected for Schoolboys tour

Young duo selected for Schoolboys tour

NRL Media Release
Fri 10th July, 04:54PM

The Australian Schoolboys team to take on New Zealand in September and October 2015 has been announced today with two young Wests Tigers juniors selected.

Balmain Tigers junior and U/18 NSW representative Ryan Papenhuyzen has been included in the side along with Western Suburbs Magpies junior Ray Stone, who also featured in the Australian Schoolboys’ tour of England in late 2014.

The team will play a two-Test series against the Kiwis in Brisbane.

The team announcement follows the Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League (ASSRL) Under-18s Championships held this week at the Collegians Rugby League Club.

NRL General Manager League Integration and Game Development Andrew Hill said the ASSRL was a vital breeding ground for the game.

“Congratulations to the all the players who competed in the Championships this week, and especially to those selected for the Australian Schoolboys squad,” Mr Hill said.

“It’s an honour to play for your country and I’m sure they will be wear the Australian jersey with pride, passion and integrity.”

As part of the NRL’s commitment to development, all players and team staff at the National Championships participated in education and welfare sessions.

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen — Oakhill College, Castle Hill

2. Tyronne Roberts-Davis — Keebra Park State High School, Gold Coast

3. Curtis Scott — Endeavour Sports High School, Caringbah

4. Reuben Garrick — Kiama High School, Kiama

5. Tre Williams — Karabar High School, Queanbeyan

6. Nathan Cleary — St. Dominics College, Kingswood

7. Scott Drinkwater — Terrigal High School, Terrigal

8. Jye Challenor — Westfields Sports High School, Fairfield

9. Blakye Brailey — Aquinas Catholic College, Menai

10. Jayden Butterfield — All Saints College St Marys Campus, Maitland

11. Cameron Murray — Newington College, Stanmore

12. Adam Keighran — Endeavour Sports High School, Caringbah

13. Reuben Cotter — Sarina State High School, Sarina

14. David Fauid — Wavell State High School, Brisbane

15. Ray Stone — Wollondilly Anglican College, Wollondilly

16. Bayley Faull — Terrigal High School, Terrigal

17. Daniel Vasquez — St Patrick’s College, Sutherland

Coach: Brian Battese — NSWCCC, St. Johns College Woodlawn, Lismore

Apparently there are a few clubs attempting to sign Curtis Scott.

It is unusual we have not even had an announcement of new signings from Keebra and other juniors. With the impending loss of what appears to be quite a few players, surely we will be making announcements shortly?

Stone seemed like one of those tough as nails type players. Looking forward to seeing more of him once he’s back from suspension, which must surely be soon.

Should maybe look at Papenhuyzen as a winger/centre for NYC. Teddy will be our number one for the foreseeable future but this kid could stake a claim for another spot and acclimatising to those positions soon rather than alter may help his chances. Still obviously another year or two off being remotely considered for the NRL though

Papenhuyzen is being talked up a fair bit, the old moto “if youre good enough, youre old enough” just doesnt get used these days. I hope they give him at least 4 years to bulk up and get his body right. He should make it as a centre I reckon he could be outstanding. Gone are the days of 16-17 year olds making grade. The game is just too elite and physical these days compared to just 10-15 years ago when young fellas like Rowdy and Hannay debut. A 16 years old would be cut in half today. Imagine the media if something happened to a kid.

I know Ryan and family - one of my boys has played with him in both league and union since they were 12 or so
Best thing is his speed (very very quick- I’d back him at this age to be one of if not the quickest over 30m in the club) and his awareness- as a FB he pops up anywhere and can score
Weaknesses currently would be his build. He’s a slight kid that needs to bulk up - exactly as the poster above says. I don’t he will be physically ready for 1st grade for another 3 to 4 years. Remember he hasn’t even played u20’s yet

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Scott Drinkwater is Josh’s younger brother and currently being chased by 5 NRL clubs including WT, Easts and Storm.

Papenhuyzen was terrific for the carnival, looks a good prospect, a little small, reminds me a lot of a young Lachlan Coote (who was a terrific junior)

For the second year in recent times, the side was weaker than normal.

CIS was probably the strongest they have ever been, which is good for he game long term.

I think he is still eligible for SG Ball next year.


Scott Drinkwater is Josh’s younger brother and currently being chased by 5 NRL clubs including WT, Easts and Storm.

So we let go of TeMaire Martin to chase Scott Drinkwater - makes a lot of sense.

Papenhuyzen is deffinitly one of the games biggest up an comer. His touch footy skills mixed with his tough attitude makes him a player with huge potential. He was quoted at a NSW presentation that NRL is his passion and dram. Definitely needs to train/play NYC soon otherwise he’ll be drifting to a club with more interest and a better pathway to first grade.

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