Breakers selected in the Combined Country team
Bond University Breakers are very proud to announce the selection of Tereta-Junior Siakisin in the Combined Country team and Rory Arnold as a shadow to face the British and Irish Lions in Newcastle on June 11.
Tereta-Junior Siakisin (TJ), 20 has been playing for the Bond University Breakers for the last three years and says this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“I’m stocked to be part of it, the Lions only come over every 12 years and there are lot of Wallabies players who I look up to who never got the chance to verse the Lions.
Siakisin said he was surprised with the call up.
“When I went to the trial, there was real stiff competition and that wasn’t even all the players eligible, the Super 15 hadn’t even being brought in, so I wasn’t confident at all.
I’m excited to play with some of the Super15 players and I am really happy and privileged to be part of it all,” he said.
Bond University Breakers Coach, Rob Nowlan praised his young centre.
“TJ is a powerful midfield runner who has just progressed up from colts. Still maturing as a footballer in the mould of Ben Tapuai, but with a couple of years under Setu Naseri's (Breakers assistant coach) guidance in the senior teams or representative teams, he will be a serious force to be reckoned with,” Nowlan said.
The other standout is Rory Arnold, who was selected as a shadow for the Combined Country team.
Australian Rugby Union head of High Performance, Ben Whittaker has asked Rory Arnold to join the Country Camp, as part of the squad even though he is a shadow selection. Arnold will gain from the experience and if he is not called up, he will be flying back this Saturday morning to play that afternoon for the Breakers.
Arnold was spotted at Murwillumbah by Phil Lees, an ex-Breakers player and was recommended to the Breakers. The 208cm tall and 127kg second rower transferred to the Breakers at the beginning of the year and has been invited to Australian Academy training with Paul Carozza on three separate occasions.
“Rory is a powerful ball running forward who enjoys the contact,” Nowlan said.
Bond University Breakers Manager, Tim Rowlands said not only is Siakisin a good rugby player, he is a good clubman.
“TJ’s selection in front of more fancied contracted players from both Brisbane and Sydney is not only a great result for him, but it also vindicates the pathway through the Breakers Program, is working,” Rowlands said.
Both TJ and Rory will travel to Newcastle this Thursday in preparation for the game, next Tuesday June 11 at Hunter Stadium.
The Bond University Breakers community are very excited and wish them all the best.
The game can be seen live on Fox Sports 2 at 7:30pm, Tuesday June 11.