Packer and Rochow feature in NRL Academic Team of the Year

Packer and Rochow feature in NRL Academic Team of the Year
Author
Troy Whittaker
NRL.com Reporter
Timestamp
Thu 17 Oct 2019, 04:02 PM

The game’s most studious players have been recognised with selection in the NRL Academic Team of the Year.

Many players have achieved excellence on and off the field by working towards or completing a qualification in 2019.

Wests Tigers prop Russell Packer, who already has a commerce degree and is now completing a Masters of Business Administration, was crowned the Male Academic Player of the Year.

“It’s an absolute honour to be selected for this award,” Packer said.

"As players, we have so many great opportunities in front of us provided by our clubs, the NRL and the RLPA that can help make that transition smoother.

“I’d encourage all of you to make the most of those opportunities while they’re there.”

Wests Tigers forward Russell Packer.
Wests Tigers forward Russell Packer.
©Robb Cox/NRL Photos
Roosters NRLW forward Vanessa Foliaki, a psychology student, earned the Female Academic Player of the Year title and described it as a “privilege and an honour”.

“I am always trying to better myself on and off the field so to be a part of this team means I’m one step closer to achieving my goals,” Foliaki said.

Melbourne and NSW winger Josh Addo-Carr received the Indigenous Academic Excellence award for undertaking a Certificate IV in Business.

Sharks forward Jayson Bukuya finished a Certificate III in Carpentry to win the Pasifika Academic Excellence gong.

Academic Team of the Year member Robbie Rochow has decided to hang up the boots at age 29 and the ex-Tigers back-rower is primed to succeed in his new chapter.

“My studies outside of rugby league have been a massive part of my life and I’m extremely grateful for the NRL supporting me with this throughout my career,” said Rochow, a civil engineering student.

“My degree has always given me a great balance away from training and I’m excited for what’s next.”

ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR
Vanessa Foliaki - Sydney Roosters (Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology, Massey University)

Matthew Lodge - Brisbane Broncos (Completed a Diploma of Business and currently completing a Bachelor of Business, Swinburne University)

James Tamou - Penrith Panthers (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry and Cert III & IV in fitness and completed small Business, EABS)

Penrith prop James Tamou.
Penrith prop James Tamou.
©Robb Cox/NRL Photos
Will Hopoate - Canterbury Bulldogs (Completed a Diploma of Community Services and Cert IV in Community, Granville TAFE)

Brett Morris - Sydney Roosters (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry and Completed cert iv in small business, Gymea TAFE)

Daniel Alvaro - Parramatta Eels (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry, Meadowbank TAFE)

Toafofoa Sipley - Manly Sea Eagles (Completed a Bachelor of Education in High School teaching, University of Auckland)

Jamie Buhrer - Newcastle Knights (Currently completing a Bachelor of Sports Business Management, ACPE)

Coen Hess - North Queensland Cowboys (Currently completing Master of Business Administration and completed a Diploma of Hospitality and Diploma of Business Management, CQU)

Chanel Harris-Tavita - New Zealand Warriors (Currently completing a Bachelor of Business, Auckland University of Technology)

Keegan Hipgrave - Gold Coast Titans (Currently completing a Bachelor of Business, QUT)

Russell Packer - Wests Tigers (Currently completing a Masters Business Administration, UNSW)

Robbie Rochow - Wests Tigers (Currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering, UNSW)

congrat…

@TheDaBoss said in Packer and Rochow feature in NRL Academic Team of the Year:

Packer and Rochow feature in NRL Academic Team of the Year
Author
Troy Whittaker
NRL.com Reporter
Timestamp
Thu 17 Oct 2019, 04:02 PM

The game’s most studious players have been recognised with selection in the NRL Academic Team of the Year.

Many players have achieved excellence on and off the field by working towards or completing a qualification in 2019.

Wests Tigers prop Russell Packer, who already has a commerce degree and is now completing a Masters of Business Administration, was crowned the Male Academic Player of the Year.

“It’s an absolute honour to be selected for this award,” Packer said.

"As players, we have so many great opportunities in front of us provided by our clubs, the NRL and the RLPA that can help make that transition smoother.

“I’d encourage all of you to make the most of those opportunities while they’re there.”

Wests Tigers forward Russell Packer.
Wests Tigers forward Russell Packer.
©Robb Cox/NRL Photos
Roosters NRLW forward Vanessa Foliaki, a psychology student, earned the Female Academic Player of the Year title and described it as a “privilege and an honour”.

“I am always trying to better myself on and off the field so to be a part of this team means I’m one step closer to achieving my goals,” Foliaki said.

Melbourne and NSW winger Josh Addo-Carr received the Indigenous Academic Excellence award for undertaking a Certificate IV in Business.

Sharks forward Jayson Bukuya finished a Certificate III in Carpentry to win the Pasifika Academic Excellence gong.

Academic Team of the Year member Robbie Rochow has decided to hang up the boots at age 29 and the ex-Tigers back-rower is primed to succeed in his new chapter.

“My studies outside of rugby league have been a massive part of my life and I’m extremely grateful for the NRL supporting me with this throughout my career,” said Rochow, a civil engineering student.

“My degree has always given me a great balance away from training and I’m excited for what’s next.”

ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR
Vanessa Foliaki - Sydney Roosters (Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology, Massey University)

Matthew Lodge - Brisbane Broncos (Completed a Diploma of Business and currently completing a Bachelor of Business, Swinburne University)

James Tamou - Penrith Panthers (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry and Cert III & IV in fitness and completed small Business, EABS)

Penrith prop James Tamou.
Penrith prop James Tamou.
©Robb Cox/NRL Photos
Will Hopoate - Canterbury Bulldogs (Completed a Diploma of Community Services and Cert IV in Community, Granville TAFE)

Brett Morris - Sydney Roosters (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry and Completed cert iv in small business, Gymea TAFE)

Daniel Alvaro - Parramatta Eels (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry, Meadowbank TAFE)

Toafofoa Sipley - Manly Sea Eagles (Completed a Bachelor of Education in High School teaching, University of Auckland)

Jamie Buhrer - Newcastle Knights (Currently completing a Bachelor of Sports Business Management, ACPE)

Coen Hess - North Queensland Cowboys (Currently completing Master of Business Administration and completed a Diploma of Hospitality and Diploma of Business Management, CQU)

Chanel Harris-Tavita - New Zealand Warriors (Currently completing a Bachelor of Business, Auckland University of Technology)

Keegan Hipgrave - Gold Coast Titans (Currently completing a Bachelor of Business, QUT)

Russell Packer - Wests Tigers (Currently completing a Masters Business Administration, UNSW)

Robbie Rochow - Wests Tigers (Currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering, UNSW)

congrat…

Not surprising, he had plenty of time to study.

@avocadoontoast said in Packer and Rochow feature in NRL Academic Team of the Year:

@TheDaBoss said in Packer and Rochow feature in NRL Academic Team of the Year:

Packer and Rochow feature in NRL Academic Team of the Year
Author
Troy Whittaker
NRL.com Reporter
Timestamp
Thu 17 Oct 2019, 04:02 PM

The game’s most studious players have been recognised with selection in the NRL Academic Team of the Year.

Many players have achieved excellence on and off the field by working towards or completing a qualification in 2019.

Wests Tigers prop Russell Packer, who already has a commerce degree and is now completing a Masters of Business Administration, was crowned the Male Academic Player of the Year.

“It’s an absolute honour to be selected for this award,” Packer said.

"As players, we have so many great opportunities in front of us provided by our clubs, the NRL and the RLPA that can help make that transition smoother.

“I’d encourage all of you to make the most of those opportunities while they’re there.”

Wests Tigers forward Russell Packer.
Wests Tigers forward Russell Packer.
©Robb Cox/NRL Photos
Roosters NRLW forward Vanessa Foliaki, a psychology student, earned the Female Academic Player of the Year title and described it as a “privilege and an honour”.

“I am always trying to better myself on and off the field so to be a part of this team means I’m one step closer to achieving my goals,” Foliaki said.

Melbourne and NSW winger Josh Addo-Carr received the Indigenous Academic Excellence award for undertaking a Certificate IV in Business.

Sharks forward Jayson Bukuya finished a Certificate III in Carpentry to win the Pasifika Academic Excellence gong.

Academic Team of the Year member Robbie Rochow has decided to hang up the boots at age 29 and the ex-Tigers back-rower is primed to succeed in his new chapter.

“My studies outside of rugby league have been a massive part of my life and I’m extremely grateful for the NRL supporting me with this throughout my career,” said Rochow, a civil engineering student.

“My degree has always given me a great balance away from training and I’m excited for what’s next.”

ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR
Vanessa Foliaki - Sydney Roosters (Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology, Massey University)

Matthew Lodge - Brisbane Broncos (Completed a Diploma of Business and currently completing a Bachelor of Business, Swinburne University)

James Tamou - Penrith Panthers (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry and Cert III & IV in fitness and completed small Business, EABS)

Penrith prop James Tamou.
Penrith prop James Tamou.
©Robb Cox/NRL Photos
Will Hopoate - Canterbury Bulldogs (Completed a Diploma of Community Services and Cert IV in Community, Granville TAFE)

Brett Morris - Sydney Roosters (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry and Completed cert iv in small business, Gymea TAFE)

Daniel Alvaro - Parramatta Eels (Currently completing a Cert III in Carpentry, Meadowbank TAFE)

Toafofoa Sipley - Manly Sea Eagles (Completed a Bachelor of Education in High School teaching, University of Auckland)

Jamie Buhrer - Newcastle Knights (Currently completing a Bachelor of Sports Business Management, ACPE)

Coen Hess - North Queensland Cowboys (Currently completing Master of Business Administration and completed a Diploma of Hospitality and Diploma of Business Management, CQU)

Chanel Harris-Tavita - New Zealand Warriors (Currently completing a Bachelor of Business, Auckland University of Technology)

Keegan Hipgrave - Gold Coast Titans (Currently completing a Bachelor of Business, QUT)

Russell Packer - Wests Tigers (Currently completing a Masters Business Administration, UNSW)

Robbie Rochow - Wests Tigers (Currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering, UNSW)

congrat…

Not surprising, he had plenty of time to study.

😂 they both did, but i saw more gametime from rochow than packer in the reggies 😂

Rochow studying engineering? Gone up in my estimation.

Congratulations to Russell Packer - he has really shown how someone can turn their lif around and despite a hard year in footy he has continued to set himself up for the future

well done to those that received these awards/recognition

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And thats going to win you a grand final 😳

@Cultured_Bogan said in Packer and Rochow feature in NRL Academic Team of the Year:

Rochow studying engineering? Gone up in my estimation.

I can’t remember which ex NRL coach it was on ABC Grandstand but they said Rochow was one of the most intelligent players they had coached and wouldn’t have been surprised if he ended up as an NRL coach

@Roar_Power Yeah I would be more impressed if one of our regular first graders had achieved something like that. With Packer, it just seems like he’s getting a free ride. But hey come on Packer, prove me wrong, earn your spot in the first grade line up and don’t let go.

@boonboon he sure has set him self up for the future, earning 1st grade money playing reserve grade is pretty shrewd.

But all jokes aside good on him for getting an education.

Gee. it’s a low bar to hurdle. My son did a cert 3 in fitness in year 11 with no trouble at all.

@Masterton said in Packer and Rochow feature in NRL Academic Team of the Year:

Gee. it’s a low bar to hurdle. My son did a cert 3 in fitness in year 11 with no trouble at all.

And has he done anything since, or remained simply a PT/no sports science or degree?? Just wondering as know several people like that, these players are most rightfully lauded !

Congratulations to all of those who make an effort to study and learn for their future. In any group of people, there will be some who defy the stereotype of the group, and people like Packer and Rochow are examples of that.

I remember Rochow being on an ABC Grandstand segment within the last year and I was impressed by how articulate and intelligent he was; a really good communicator.

Wish I could have completed my degrees while receiving 750k a year. I could have partied a lot harder.

Football aside, Packer should be applauded for how he’s turned his life around. He could gone down the path of Anthony Watts, or even Ryan Tandy, living life as a professional douchebag. Instead he got his life together in prison, has a family and is someone who is beneficial to his community.