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By Patrick Foulkes
With the second week of the BMW Junior Gold Cup about to kick off, the South Australian JGC sides have been putting together their final preparations to take on the ACT in a carnival of Rugby at Thebarton Oval in Torrensville, Adelaide on Saturday 20 February.
Kicking off at 4.30pm with the U15s side, the day will also see the Southern State Championships kick off with Australian Head Coach Adrian Thompson to keep watch on the next generation of U20s players.
South Australian Rugby’s Pathways Coordinator, Jason Hyam said his team was ready for the challenge of taking on the ACT.
“The guys have been really looking forward to it.
“We have been doing our off season program to get the guys in shape and I’m pleased to report we have had no non-contact injuries in the off season.
“We know it’s going to be a big challenge playing the ACT but our lads are looking to measuring themselves up to one of the bigger Rugby states.
“They are the ACT and have future Brumbies in their squad.”
With the ACT sides coming off a loss and draw in the U17s and U15s respectively, Hyam expects the players from the nation’s capital to throw caution to the wind.
“Playing a side like that coming off a loss and they will be dangerous. They’ll be hungry and keen to get out there and prove a point.
“Our guys will have to be ready to go. We will not rest on their laurels. We need to be ready for the challenge. “
With the South Australians intensifying their preparations for the 2016 season, touring to Victoria showed the teams the standards they needed to reach.
“It was a really great opportunity to play the Victorians and it was great they we were able to fit into their schedule.
“We had a tough game up front but didn’t take a backward step and all of our coaches were satisfied.
“The boys came back strong. It’s changed the way we have trained with all the boys bringing with them much more intensity to their training.
“Playing at home will be great, we don’t get the opportunity to play at home often and I know the guys are really looking forward to showing them families, friends and the Rugby community in South Australia just how far they have come.
The Southern States Championship will also highlight the best U20s talent from the Southern Rugby States putting their hand for selection in the Australian U20s side this year.
“The guys will have a clear vision of where they need to go and will be able to play in front of Australian coaches, Adrian Thompson and Alan Gaffney and it’s a great opportunity for them.”