Wests Tigers announce 2017 Academy Squad



  • Wests Tigers have today announced the Club’s 2017 Brydens Lawyers Wests Tigers Academy squad — the Club’s primary Elite NRL Pathway Development program.

    The program is designed to support promising rugby league players within the Club’s geographical footprint through the Club’s pathway to ultimately play in the NRL. The club’s footprint takes in the traditional areas of Balmain (Inner West of Sydney) and Western Suburbs (Liverpool to Campbelltown) as well as the CRL Group 6 area that encompasses Warragamba through to Camden and Narellan and the Southern Highlands.

    The program is proudly supported by Bryden’s Lawyers and Wests Leagues Club Campbelltown and has had alumni such as Aaron Woods, James Tedesco, Luke Brooks, David Nofoaluma and many others, including a ever-growing portion of the Club’s Holden Cup squads over the past few seasons.

    The main focus of the Academy program is three-fold — Skill Acquisition and game sense, Player Wellbeing and Strength and Conditioning, with a major focus on recovery and nutrition.

    Players who have been selected as part of the Brydens Lawyers Academy program will partake in a number of training sessions at Wests Tigers headquarters, Concord Oval as well as a number of satellite sessions across the footprint. They will also play several trial games against similar squads from other NRL clubs.

    In 2017, Wests Tigers worked closely with Western Sydney University to run an Academy Combine – testing the physical attributes of all players within the NSWRL Junior Representative Program (Balmain & Western Suburbs). The aim of this was to align the physical performance programming of the Academy program with the NRL squad’s high performance philosophies and build a base for long term athlete development.

    From this, the Club’s Academy squad was selected.



  • Wests Tigers 2017 Academy Squad
    Aaron Wilson - Western Suburbs
    Abdalla Matar - Balmain
    Adam Rizk - Balmain
    Afa Tupou - Balmain
    Alex Potifara - Western Suburbs
    Ben Cody - Balmain
    Ben Fisiilose - Balmain
    Ben Stevanovic - Balmain
    Blake Clayton - Western Suburbs
    Brody Dooner - Group 6
    Christian Urso - Group 6
    Curtis Wilson - Balmain
    Daniel Sykes - Balmain
    Dee Ioapo - Western Suburbs
    Ethan Mokoia - Balmain
    Felix Smith - Western Suburbs
    Flynn Angles-Cooke - Balmain
    Freddy Kini - Western Suburbs
    Henry Lealuga-Puhotau - Balmain
    Jacob Sykes - Western Suburbs
    Jai Ferguson - Western Suburbs
    Jayke Lealuga-Puhotua - Western Suburbs
    Jonothan Talamaivao - Western Suburbs
    Joshua Rizk - Balmain
    Keenan Ben-Paniora - Balmain
    Kiani Marshall - Balmain
    Kisione Vea - Balmain
    Kobe Chamberlain - Western Suburbs
    Lachlan Ilias - Balmain
    Lucas Castle - Western Suburbs
    Mateo Tatola - Balmain
    Matt Morgan - Western Suburbs
    Mavoni Tuifua - Western Suburbs
    Nathan Atkinson - Balmain
    Nathan Tui - Western Suburbs
    Pulonga Kavaefiafi - Balmain
    Ray Jankovic - Western Suburbs
    Raymond Taumalolo - Western Suburbs
    Reggie Alofipo - Balmain
    Rua Ngati - Western Suburbs
    Ryan Delponte - Western Suburbs
    Samuel Kharwin - Balmain
    Sosaia Teakaraanga - Balmain
    Tili Sikahele - Balmain
    Will Lawson - Balmain

    http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2017/05/10/wests_tigers_announc.html


  • Banned

    How old are these people?



  • @:

    How old are these people?

    I know quite a few of them personally. The one’s I know are around 16-17.


  • Banned

    @:

    @:

    How old are these people?

    I know quite a few of them personally. The one’s I know are around 16-17.

    Thats good. Cheers.



  • I took notice of the name Raymond Taumalolo. Same kid who got into some strife some years ago for a schoolyard brawl that went viral on Facebook. The kid was only 15 at the time, willing to give him a second chance. Let’s see how he goes

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/facebook-schoolyard-brawl-videos-glorify-violence-psychologist



  • We signed a Taumololo?!!! yay

    Good luck to all these kids! May we create many more origin players in the future!



  • has worked to well in the past for us, so not holding my breath.


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