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
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