2018


 
 JACOB ABEL   SCRUMHALF    174cm | 92kg | 30 October 1997     Eastern Suburbs    Scrumhalf Jacob Abel earns his first selection for the National Rugby Championship following an exciting season with Easts in the local Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup. His pace and service around the base of the scrum have been evident in Easts resurgence and the former Brumbies U20 player will be keen to showcase his talent in 2018.   Rep Honours:  Brumbies Schools, Brumbies U20, Bay of Plenty U19, Bay of Plenty Academy, Bay of Plenty Development

JACOB ABEL

SCRUMHALF

174cm | 92kg | 30 October 1997

Eastern Suburbs

Scrumhalf Jacob Abel earns his first selection for the National Rugby Championship following an exciting season with Easts in the local Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup. His pace and service around the base of the scrum have been evident in Easts resurgence and the former Brumbies U20 player will be keen to showcase his talent in 2018.

Rep Honours: Brumbies Schools, Brumbies U20, Bay of Plenty U19, Bay of Plenty Academy, Bay of Plenty Development

 RORY ARNOLD   LOCK    208cm | 120kg | 1 July 1990     Gungahlin Eagles    Giant lock Rory Arnold had another impressive season for the Plus500 Brumbies in Super Rugby and was selected for the Wallabies Test Series against Ireland in June. A standout at NRC level, Arnold’s line-out work is second to none and his pace and physicality in the loose mean he is an asset to both club and country.   Rep Honours:  Wallabies, Brumbies, Combined NSW/Queensland Country, Griquas (SA)

RORY ARNOLD

LOCK

208cm | 120kg | 1 July 1990

Gungahlin Eagles

Giant lock Rory Arnold had another impressive season for the Plus500 Brumbies in Super Rugby and was selected for the Wallabies Test Series against Ireland in June. A standout at NRC level, Arnold’s line-out work is second to none and his pace and physicality in the loose mean he is an asset to both club and country.

Rep Honours: Wallabies, Brumbies, Combined NSW/Queensland Country, Griquas (SA)

 TOM BANKS    OUTSIDE BACK    186cm | 93kg | 18 June 1994     Uni-Norths Owls    2018 was an exceptional year for fullback Tom Banks who ended the Super Rugby campaign with nine tries and earned a call-up to the Wallabies Training Squad for the June series against Ireland. Outstanding for the Canberra Vikings team that reached the NRC final last season, Banks was a regular across the whitewash and a go-to in attack.   Rep Honours:  Barbarians, Brumbies, Queensland Schools, Queensland U20, Queensland Country, Reds

TOM BANKS

OUTSIDE BACK

186cm | 93kg | 18 June 1994

Uni-Norths Owls

2018 was an exceptional year for fullback Tom Banks who ended the Super Rugby campaign with nine tries and earned a call-up to the Wallabies Training Squad for the June series against Ireland. Outstanding for the Canberra Vikings team that reached the NRC final last season, Banks was a regular across the whitewash and a go-to in attack.

Rep Honours: Barbarians, Brumbies, Queensland Schools, Queensland U20, Queensland Country, Reds

 MAX BODE   PROP    191cm | 122kg | 30 July 1995     Uni-Norths Owls    Max Bode grew up in Adelaide playing his junior rugby with the Burnside Rugby Club before moving to Canberra after finishing school in 2013 linking with the Uni-Norths Owls. His strength at the set-piece was evident for the Canberra Vikings in 2018 as he played six times as the team reached the Grand Final.   Rep Honours:  South Australia Schools, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners

MAX BODE

PROP

191cm | 122kg | 30 July 1995

Uni-Norths Owls

Max Bode grew up in Adelaide playing his junior rugby with the Burnside Rugby Club before moving to Canberra after finishing school in 2013 linking with the Uni-Norths Owls. His strength at the set-piece was evident for the Canberra Vikings in 2018 as he played six times as the team reached the Grand Final.

Rep Honours: South Australia Schools, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners

 
 BJ EDWARDS   LOCK    193cm | 117kg | 16 February 1995     Gungahlin Eagles    A well-respected second row, BJ Edwards signed with the Plus500 brumbies as injury cover during the latter stages of the Super Rugby season, playing for the team in their Exhibition Match against Suntory Sungoliath in Tokyo. Capped three times at NRC level with the NSW Country Eagles, Edwards currently plays his club football with the Gungahlin Eagles.   Rep Honours:  Wallabies, Junior Wallabies, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies, Reds

BJ EDWARDS

LOCK

193cm | 117kg | 16 February 1995

Gungahlin Eagles

A well-respected second row, BJ Edwards signed with the Plus500 brumbies as injury cover during the latter stages of the Super Rugby season, playing for the team in their Exhibition Match against Suntory Sungoliath in Tokyo. Capped three times at NRC level with the NSW Country Eagles, Edwards currently plays his club football with the Gungahlin Eagles.

Rep Honours: Wallabies, Junior Wallabies, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies, Reds

 BLAKE ENEVER   LOCK    200cm | 116kg | 12 October 1991     Eastern Suburbs    Originally from the Sunshine Coast, lock forward Blake Enever has been in superb form since signing for the Plus500 Brumbies, form that earned him a Wallaby call-up in 2017. His powerful presence in the second row and fearsome tackling is backed up by his leadership skills, both on and off the park.   Rep Honours:  Australian U20s

BLAKE ENEVER

LOCK

200cm | 116kg | 12 October 1991

Eastern Suburbs

Originally from the Sunshine Coast, lock forward Blake Enever has been in superb form since signing for the Plus500 Brumbies, form that earned him a Wallaby call-up in 2017. His powerful presence in the second row and fearsome tackling is backed up by his leadership skills, both on and off the park.

Rep Honours: Australian U20s

 FOLAU FAINGA'A   HOOKER    178cm | 106kg | 5 May 1995     Western Districts Lions    Folau Fainga’a had a breakthrough year in 2018 emerging into one of the best hookers in the game today. His work rate is phenomenal and his ability with the ball in hand is frightening at times. Signed by the Plus500 Brumbies last year, Fainga’a was brilliant for the Viking sin their march to the Grand Final, crossing the line five times in ten games, and being a hue influence at the club.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Sydney Stars, NSW Country Eagles, Brumbies Runners

FOLAU FAINGA'A

HOOKER

178cm | 106kg | 5 May 1995

Western Districts Lions

Folau Fainga’a had a breakthrough year in 2018 emerging into one of the best hookers in the game today. His work rate is phenomenal and his ability with the ball in hand is frightening at times. Signed by the Plus500 Brumbies last year, Fainga’a was brilliant for the Viking sin their march to the Grand Final, crossing the line five times in ten games, and being a hue influence at the club.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Sydney Stars, NSW Country Eagles, Brumbies Runners

 VUNIPOLA FIFITA    PROP    180cm | 117kg | 28 February 1996     West Harbour, NSW    Auckland-born prop Vunipola Fifita is an exciting acquisition for the Vikings and will bring a vibrant youthful energy into the front row. His handling skills are excellent, and he has the physique to cause issues to opposition defences both in the scrum and in the loose. Has been capped for both Australian Schools and the junior Wallabies.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, Waratahs U20, Randwick

VUNIPOLA FIFITA

PROP

180cm | 117kg | 28 February 1996

West Harbour, NSW

Auckland-born prop Vunipola Fifita is an exciting acquisition for the Vikings and will bring a vibrant youthful energy into the front row. His handling skills are excellent, and he has the physique to cause issues to opposition defences both in the scrum and in the loose. Has been capped for both Australian Schools and the junior Wallabies.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, Waratahs U20, Randwick

 
 GEORGE FRANCIS

GEORGE FRANCIS

PROP

180cm  |  118kg  |  12 September 1998

Eastwood, NSW

A former Rugby League Junior representative, George Francis burst onto the scene in 2014 before switching his attentions to rugby union and signing for the Waratahs U20 team. A Junior Wallaby international, Francis has been lighting up the Shute Shield with his strong scrummaging displays for Eastwood and has genuine superstar potential.

Rep Honours: Australian Schoolboys, Junior Wallabies, NSW Waratahs U20

 SETH GOING   WING    180cm | 92kg | 29 May 1995     Canberra Royals    Exciting winger Seth going gets his first shot at the NRC with the Canberra Vikings after another brilliant year for Canberra Royals in the Giffin Legal John I Dent Cup. Schooled at Whangarei Boys High School in New Zealand, Going has been a mainstay of the successful Royals side for the past few seasons, showcasing his pace and eye for the try-line throughout.   Rep Honours:  Brumbies Runners, Brumbies 7s

SETH GOING

WING

180cm | 92kg | 29 May 1995

Canberra Royals

Exciting winger Seth going gets his first shot at the NRC with the Canberra Vikings after another brilliant year for Canberra Royals in the Giffin Legal John I Dent Cup. Schooled at Whangarei Boys High School in New Zealand, Going has been a mainstay of the successful Royals side for the past few seasons, showcasing his pace and eye for the try-line throughout.

Rep Honours: Brumbies Runners, Brumbies 7s

 MACK HANSEN    FLYHALF / FULLBACK    188cm | 89kg | 27 March 1998     Gungahlin Eagles    Mack Hansen joins the Canberra Vikings squad after an impressive first season of senior rugby with the Gungahlin Eagles in 2017 and continued that form when signing a contract with the Plus500 Brumbies. The Darmalan School product is a free-flowing runner with a decent kicking game who is equally at home as either a flyhalf or at fullback where his devastating pace is a massive plus.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools Barbarians, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

MACK HANSEN

FLYHALF / FULLBACK

188cm | 89kg | 27 March 1998

Gungahlin Eagles

Mack Hansen joins the Canberra Vikings squad after an impressive first season of senior rugby with the Gungahlin Eagles in 2017 and continued that form when signing a contract with the Plus500 Brumbies. The Darmalan School product is a free-flowing runner with a decent kicking game who is equally at home as either a flyhalf or at fullback where his devastating pace is a massive plus.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools Barbarians, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

 WHARENUI HAWERA    FLYHALF    180cm | 89kg | 22 May 1993     Gungahlin Eagles    Wharenui Hawera linked with the Canberra Vikings for the 2017 NRC after joining the Plus500 Brumbies for whom he has now bagged 186 points in 31 caps. The leading points scorer for the Canberra Vikings last season, with 87 in nine appearances, Hawera will be tasked with steering the backline towards a Grand Final repeat.   Rep Honours:  Waikato, Southland Stags, Brumbies

WHARENUI HAWERA

FLYHALF

180cm | 89kg | 22 May 1993

Gungahlin Eagles

Wharenui Hawera linked with the Canberra Vikings for the 2017 NRC after joining the Plus500 Brumbies for whom he has now bagged 186 points in 31 caps. The leading points scorer for the Canberra Vikings last season, with 87 in nine appearances, Hawera will be tasked with steering the backline towards a Grand Final repeat.

Rep Honours: Waikato, Southland Stags, Brumbies

 
 BEN HYNE

BEN HYNE

LOCK

194cm  |  105kg  |  7 March 1994

Tuggeranong Vikings 

Ben Hyne won the 2015 NRC competition with Brisbane City and will be looking to emulate that with the Canberra Vikings this season. After missing the entirety of the 2018 Super Rugby season with injury, Hyne returned to action in time for the Griffin Legal John I Dent Finals series and has been named captain of the Canberra Viking side for the 2018 NRC.

Rep Honours: Brisbane City, Brumbies 

 LEN IKITAU

LEN IKITAU

CENTRE

180cm  |  90kg  |  1 October 1998

Tuggeranong Vikings

Len was born in Brisbane, raised in New Zealand and now finds himself in Canberra after linking with the Brumbies for pre-season and the Tuggeranong Vikings. After standout performances for the Brumbies U20s and Tuggeranong Vikings, Ikitau will be looking to gain valuable experience in the NRC having recently signed a WTS contract with the Brumbies senior squad.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners 

 JORDAN JACKSON-HOPE   UTILITY BACK    175cm | 82kg | 5 April 1996     Tuggeranong Vikings    Jordan Jackson-Hope won the Best Back award for the Canberra Vikings in the 2016 NRC and continued that form into the 2017 edition of the competition playing a key part as the team reached the Grand Final. His pace around the park and decision making are his key attributes, with the ability to play in several positions along the backline a bonus.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australia Schools, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

JORDAN JACKSON-HOPE

UTILITY BACK

175cm | 82kg | 5 April 1996

Tuggeranong Vikings

Jordan Jackson-Hope won the Best Back award for the Canberra Vikings in the 2016 NRC and continued that form into the 2017 edition of the competition playing a key part as the team reached the Grand Final. His pace around the park and decision making are his key attributes, with the ability to play in several positions along the backline a bonus.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Australia Schools, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

 LUKE KIMBER   BACKROW    185cm | 91kg | 5 April 1995     Canberra Royals    A wonderful 2018 Griffin legal John I Dent campaign with the Canberra Royals has seen flanker Luke Kimber offered a chance to showcase his talent at a higher level with the Canberra Vikings in the NRC. Dynamic in the loose, and a handful when in full flight, Kimber played a major part in the Royals march to back-to-back Grand Finals and will be eager to make the step up.   Rep Honours:  Queensland Country U20, Queensland Schools, Brumbies 7s

LUKE KIMBER

BACKROW

185cm | 91kg | 5 April 1995

Canberra Royals

A wonderful 2018 Griffin legal John I Dent campaign with the Canberra Royals has seen flanker Luke Kimber offered a chance to showcase his talent at a higher level with the Canberra Vikings in the NRC. Dynamic in the loose, and a handful when in full flight, Kimber played a major part in the Royals march to back-to-back Grand Finals and will be eager to make the step up.

Rep Honours: Queensland Country U20, Queensland Schools, Brumbies 7s

 
 BRODIE LEBER   BACKROW    186cm | 100kg | 15 May 1997     Western District Lions    Canberra local Brodie Leber enjoyed a standout 2017 season, starring for the Brumbies U20s side and travelling to Mauritius with the Brumbies 10s side. Leber also spent time in camp with the Australian 7s squad. Brodie is a Wests junior and was a standout for Wests in their ultimately disappointing Griffin legal John I Dent Cup campaign. Will be out to gain a first NRC cap this season.   Rep Honours:  Australian Barbarians, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies 7s

BRODIE LEBER

BACKROW

186cm | 100kg | 15 May 1997

Western District Lions

Canberra local Brodie Leber enjoyed a standout 2017 season, starring for the Brumbies U20s side and travelling to Mauritius with the Brumbies 10s side. Leber also spent time in camp with the Australian 7s squad. Brodie is a Wests junior and was a standout for Wests in their ultimately disappointing Griffin legal John I Dent Cup campaign. Will be out to gain a first NRC cap this season.

Rep Honours: Australian Barbarians, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies 7s

 LESLIE LEULUAIALII-MAKIN   PROP    174cm | 112kg | 2 January 1992     Queanbeyan Whites    Les has been a mainstay for the Canberra Vikings since the first season in 2014. The St Edmunds College product signed with the Plus500 Brumbies after coming through the ranks with ACT Schoolboys, Brumbies under 20s, Brumbies Runners and strong performances for the Queanbeyan Whites in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup. In 2012 Les represented the Australian under 20s.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies

LESLIE LEULUAIALII-MAKIN

PROP

174cm | 112kg | 2 January 1992

Queanbeyan Whites

Les has been a mainstay for the Canberra Vikings since the first season in 2014. The St Edmunds College product signed with the Plus500 Brumbies after coming through the ranks with ACT Schoolboys, Brumbies under 20s, Brumbies Runners and strong performances for the Queanbeyan Whites in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup. In 2012 Les represented the Australian under 20s.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies

 NOAH LOLESIO   CENTRE    178cm | 88kg | 18 December 1999     Tuggeranong Vikings    Exciting centre Noah Lolesio joins the Canberra Vikings for the 2018 NRC having enjoyed a fruitful season with Tuggeranong Vikings in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, but educated on the Gold Coast, Lolesio was selected for the Brumbies Runners earlier in the season and is a part of the Brumbies Rugby Academy.   Rep Honours:  Brumbies Runners, Australian Schools

NOAH LOLESIO

CENTRE

178cm | 88kg | 18 December 1999

Tuggeranong Vikings

Exciting centre Noah Lolesio joins the Canberra Vikings for the 2018 NRC having enjoyed a fruitful season with Tuggeranong Vikings in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, but educated on the Gold Coast, Lolesio was selected for the Brumbies Runners earlier in the season and is a part of the Brumbies Rugby Academy.

Rep Honours: Brumbies Runners, Australian Schools

 RYAN LONERGAN   SCRUMHALF    184cm | 80kg | 6 April 1998     Tuggeranong Vikings    Lonergan has played with the Tuggeranong Vikings since he was 7 years old, transitioning from the junior club into first grade in 2017. Ryan made his debut for the Brumbies against the Chiefs in Hamilton in 2017 and enjoyed a superb 2018 NRC with the Vikings. A pin-point accurate passer, with pace to match, Lonergan captained the Junior Wallabies at the World Rugby U20 Championships in France.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

RYAN LONERGAN

SCRUMHALF

184cm | 80kg | 6 April 1998

Tuggeranong Vikings

Lonergan has played with the Tuggeranong Vikings since he was 7 years old, transitioning from the junior club into first grade in 2017. Ryan made his debut for the Brumbies against the Chiefs in Hamilton in 2017 and enjoyed a superb 2018 NRC with the Vikings. A pin-point accurate passer, with pace to match, Lonergan captained the Junior Wallabies at the World Rugby U20 Championships in France.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

 
 JOSH MANN-REA   HOOKER    181cm | 108kg | 19 February 1981     Gungahlin Eagles    Veteran hooker Josh Mann-Rea brings wealth of knowledge and experience to the Canberra Vikings squad and will be a massive benefit to the younger members of the group. The amiable hooker shows no signs of slowing down with his line-out throwing accuracy and scrummaging amongst the best in Super Rugby. No slouch in broken field, Mann-Rea has been capped twice by the Wallabies.   Rep Honours:  Wallabies, Australian Schools, Brumbies

JOSH MANN-REA

HOOKER

181cm | 108kg | 19 February 1981

Gungahlin Eagles

Veteran hooker Josh Mann-Rea brings wealth of knowledge and experience to the Canberra Vikings squad and will be a massive benefit to the younger members of the group. The amiable hooker shows no signs of slowing down with his line-out throwing accuracy and scrummaging amongst the best in Super Rugby. No slouch in broken field, Mann-Rea has been capped twice by the Wallabies.

Rep Honours: Wallabies, Australian Schools, Brumbies

 CONNAL MCINERNEY   HOOKER    181cm | 104kg | 2 March 1995     Easts, NSW / Canberra Royals    Hooker Connal McInerney burst onto the Super Rugby scene in 2018 fulfilling the promise he had shown as a Junior Wallabies and Australian Schools international at a younger age. Having enjoyed a stellar NRC campaign with the Canberra Vikings in 2017, McInerney was drafted into the Brumbies Super Rugby squad following an injury to Josh Mann-Rea and put in some incredible performances, finishing the season in fine form.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, Australian Barbarians U20, Combined States U20, NSW Country Eagles, Brumbies

CONNAL MCINERNEY

HOOKER

181cm | 104kg | 2 March 1995

Easts, NSW / Canberra Royals

Hooker Connal McInerney burst onto the Super Rugby scene in 2018 fulfilling the promise he had shown as a Junior Wallabies and Australian Schools international at a younger age. Having enjoyed a stellar NRC campaign with the Canberra Vikings in 2017, McInerney was drafted into the Brumbies Super Rugby squad following an injury to Josh Mann-Rea and put in some incredible performances, finishing the season in fine form.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, Australian Barbarians U20, Combined States U20, NSW Country Eagles, Brumbies

 ANDREW MUIRHEAD

ANDREW MUIRHEAD

WING

183cm  |  84kg  |  8 July 1993

Canberra Royals

Andrew Muirhead had a superb first season with the Canberra Vikings in 2017 crossing for four tries in twelve matches and playing his part in many more with some blistering speed and footwork. He carried his form into the Super Rugby season with six tries in fourteen caps exploding into life in the latter stages of the campaign. Likely to be a key component of the line-up as the Vikings look for a return to the Grand Final.

Rep Honours: Brumbies Runners, Counties Manukau, Brisbane City, Brumbies 

 MICHAEL OAKMAN-HUNT   BACK ROW    189cm | 101kg | 5 March 1993     Tuggeranong Vikings    Michael Oakman-Hunt played his junior rugby with Tuggeranong Vikings before transitioning into the senior club showing his caliber as a physical backrower. Drafted into the Plus500 Brumbies squad as injury cover last season, the powerful flanker made two appearances in Super Rugby and will be looking to maintain that form in the NRC.   Rep Honours:  Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Australian Barbarians, Brumbies

MICHAEL OAKMAN-HUNT

BACK ROW

189cm | 101kg | 5 March 1993

Tuggeranong Vikings

Michael Oakman-Hunt played his junior rugby with Tuggeranong Vikings before transitioning into the senior club showing his caliber as a physical backrower. Drafted into the Plus500 Brumbies squad as injury cover last season, the powerful flanker made two appearances in Super Rugby and will be looking to maintain that form in the NRC.

Rep Honours: Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Australian Barbarians, Brumbies

 
 CHANCE PENI   WING    190cm | 97kg | 17 January 1994     Western Districts Lions    Winger Chance Peni lines-up in Canberra Vikings colours for the first time in 2018 after moving to the Plus500 Brumbies form the Western Force. The Invercargill, New Zealand, born winger has a try-scoring presence with his four tires in five appearances in the NRC coming for the Perth Spirit last season. A former rugby league star, Peni made the switch to Union when moving to Western Australia.   Rep Honours:  Cook Islands (Rugby League), Newcastle Knights (Rugby League), Wests Tigers (Rugby League), Perth Spirit, Brumbies

CHANCE PENI

WING

190cm | 97kg | 17 January 1994

Western Districts Lions

Winger Chance Peni lines-up in Canberra Vikings colours for the first time in 2018 after moving to the Plus500 Brumbies form the Western Force. The Invercargill, New Zealand, born winger has a try-scoring presence with his four tires in five appearances in the NRC coming for the Perth Spirit last season. A former rugby league star, Peni made the switch to Union when moving to Western Australia.

Rep Honours: Cook Islands (Rugby League), Newcastle Knights (Rugby League), Wests Tigers (Rugby League), Perth Spirit, Brumbies

 JOE POWELL   SCRUMHALF    177cm | 85kg | 11 April 1994     Tuggeranong Vikings    Effervescent scrumhalf Joe Powell has cemented his reputation at the Super Rugby level with a fine second season as first-choice pivot during the 2018 campaign. Thrust into the starting role in 2017 after injury to Tomas Cubelli, Powell has slipped into gear and, such were his excellent performances he was rewarded with a maiden Wallabies cap in the 2017 test against Fiji in Melbourne.   Rep Honours:  Australia U20, Wallabies

JOE POWELL

SCRUMHALF

177cm | 85kg | 11 April 1994

Tuggeranong Vikings

Effervescent scrumhalf Joe Powell has cemented his reputation at the Super Rugby level with a fine second season as first-choice pivot during the 2018 campaign. Thrust into the starting role in 2017 after injury to Tomas Cubelli, Powell has slipped into gear and, such were his excellent performances he was rewarded with a maiden Wallabies cap in the 2017 test against Fiji in Melbourne.

Rep Honours: Australia U20, Wallabies

 PEDRO ROLANDO   SCRUMHALF    172cm | 80kg | 21 June 1989     Canberra Royals    Pedro Rolando came to Australia six years ago to link with the Canberra Royals club and has since become an almost irreplaceable part of the team, playing in four Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup Grand Finals. Argentinean-born, Rolando is an ace marksman with the boot leading all points-scorers in the 2018 local club competition and is a calming presence behind the scrum.   Rep Honours:  Brumbies Runners, Brumbies 7s, Seleccionado de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

PEDRO ROLANDO

SCRUMHALF

172cm | 80kg | 21 June 1989

Canberra Royals

Pedro Rolando came to Australia six years ago to link with the Canberra Royals club and has since become an almost irreplaceable part of the team, playing in four Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup Grand Finals. Argentinean-born, Rolando is an ace marksman with the boot leading all points-scorers in the 2018 local club competition and is a calming presence behind the scrum.

Rep Honours: Brumbies Runners, Brumbies 7s, Seleccionado de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

 TOM ROSS   PROP    180cm | 118kg | 29 April 1998     Gungahlin Eagles    Junior Wallabies front-rower Tom Ross is set for an exceptional 2018 MRC season having recently been called up to the Plus500 Brumbies Wider Training Squad for the 2019 Super Rugby season. A highly-rated prop, Ross was an important part of the Australian U20 side that competed in the World Rugby U20 Championships in France. Educated at Daramalan College, Ross is solid at the scrum and enjoys carrying into contact.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, Brumbies Runners

TOM ROSS

PROP

180cm | 118kg | 29 April 1998

Gungahlin Eagles

Junior Wallabies front-rower Tom Ross is set for an exceptional 2018 MRC season having recently been called up to the Plus500 Brumbies Wider Training Squad for the 2019 Super Rugby season. A highly-rated prop, Ross was an important part of the Australian U20 side that competed in the World Rugby U20 Championships in France. Educated at Daramalan College, Ross is solid at the scrum and enjoys carrying into contact.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, Brumbies Runners

 
 IRAE SIMONE   CENTRE    193cm | 105kg | 10 July 1995     Northern Suburbs, NSW    New Plus500 Brumbies signing Irae Simone will line up in the colours of the Canberra Vikings in 2018 having made the move South from Sydney. Formerly with the Waratahs, for whom he made his Super Rugby debut, Simone was in top form in the NRC for the Sydney Rays having crossed for seven tries in thirteen games. A bustling runner with good speed and strength, Simone is set to make his mark.   Rep Honours:  New Zealand Schools (Rugby League), Sydney Rays, South Sydney Rabbitohs (Rugby League), Waratahs

IRAE SIMONE

CENTRE

193cm | 105kg | 10 July 1995

Northern Suburbs, NSW

New Plus500 Brumbies signing Irae Simone will line up in the colours of the Canberra Vikings in 2018 having made the move South from Sydney. Formerly with the Waratahs, for whom he made his Super Rugby debut, Simone was in top form in the NRC for the Sydney Rays having crossed for seven tries in thirteen games. A bustling runner with good speed and strength, Simone is set to make his mark.

Rep Honours: New Zealand Schools (Rugby League), Sydney Rays, South Sydney Rabbitohs (Rugby League), Waratahs

 DARCY SWAIN   LOCK    200cm | 108kg | 5 July 1997     Tuggeranong Vikings    Darcy Swain grew up in Cairns, before finishing his schooling at Brisbane Boys College and heading to Canberra to link up with the Tuggeranong Vikings. Capped at Super Rugby level by the Brumbies last season, coming on as a replacement against the Jaguares, Swain has height and power to go with a decent lick of speed in open spaces and has all the attributes required to have a major impact at the elite level.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools Barbarians, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

DARCY SWAIN

LOCK

200cm | 108kg | 5 July 1997

Tuggeranong Vikings

Darcy Swain grew up in Cairns, before finishing his schooling at Brisbane Boys College and heading to Canberra to link up with the Tuggeranong Vikings. Capped at Super Rugby level by the Brumbies last season, coming on as a replacement against the Jaguares, Swain has height and power to go with a decent lick of speed in open spaces and has all the attributes required to have a major impact at the elite level.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools Barbarians, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

 LAUSII TALIAULI   WING    193cm | 102kg | 8 June 1993     Canberra Royals    A former Gold Coast Titan and Australian 7s representative, Lausii Taliauli has been a part of the Vikings NRC campaigns since 2014. After suffering an injury in 2017, Taliauli burst back onto the scene last season with the plus500 Brumbies in Super Rugby band with the Canberra Royals in the local competition. Having crossed for six tries in his NRC career, he knows the way to the line and will be out to add more in 2018.   Rep Honours:  Australia Schools, Australia 7s, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies, Gold Coast Titans (Rugby League)

LAUSII TALIAULI

WING

193cm | 102kg | 8 June 1993

Canberra Royals

A former Gold Coast Titan and Australian 7s representative, Lausii Taliauli has been a part of the Vikings NRC campaigns since 2014. After suffering an injury in 2017, Taliauli burst back onto the scene last season with the plus500 Brumbies in Super Rugby band with the Canberra Royals in the local competition. Having crossed for six tries in his NRC career, he knows the way to the line and will be out to add more in 2018.

Rep Honours: Australia Schools, Australia 7s, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies, Gold Coast Titans (Rugby League)

 SIONE TAULA

SIONE TAULA

PROP

185cm  |  120kg  |  8 June 1985

Tuggeranong Vikings 

Highly experienced prop Sione Taula is a proud Tongan having been born in Longoteme and having represented Tonga A. Selected for the Brumbies XV that played the Asia-Pacific Barbarians in Singapore in 2017, the hard-hitting front-rower has received eighteen caps at NRC level from the Vikings. Solid at scrum-time and a crunching tackler, Taula brings a solidity to everything he does.

Rep Honours: Brumbies XV, Tonga A 

 
 MITCH TYE   BACKROW    183cm | 100kg | 6 August 1994     Western District Lions    Backrower Mitch Tye gets his chance at NRC level after a solid season with Wests, whom he captained, in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup during which he crossed for three tries. A typical hardworking backrower, Tye enjoys getting the ball in hand in the loose and does all the dirty work necessary to keep his team on the front foot.   Rep Honours:  ACT Schools, Brumbies U17, Brumbies U20

MITCH TYE

BACKROW

183cm | 100kg | 6 August 1994

Western District Lions

Backrower Mitch Tye gets his chance at NRC level after a solid season with Wests, whom he captained, in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup during which he crossed for three tries. A typical hardworking backrower, Tye enjoys getting the ball in hand in the loose and does all the dirty work necessary to keep his team on the front foot.

Rep Honours: ACT Schools, Brumbies U17, Brumbies U20

 ROB VALETINI   BACKROW    193cm | 113kg | 3 September 1998     Western District Lions    Originally from Melbourne, Valetini signed for the Plus500 Brumbies last season and played an integral part in the Canberra Voicings march to the NRC Grand Final scoring eight tries in ten matches. He won his first Brumbies cap against the Sunwolves in Tokyo before injury curtailed a promising season. Now back to full health his barnstorming runs, and physical tackles, will be sure to set the Vikings alit in 2018.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Brumbies, Melbourne Rising

ROB VALETINI

BACKROW

193cm | 113kg | 3 September 1998

Western District Lions

Originally from Melbourne, Valetini signed for the Plus500 Brumbies last season and played an integral part in the Canberra Voicings march to the NRC Grand Final scoring eight tries in ten matches. He won his first Brumbies cap against the Sunwolves in Tokyo before injury curtailed a promising season. Now back to full health his barnstorming runs, and physical tackles, will be sure to set the Vikings alit in 2018.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Brumbies, Melbourne Rising

 
 

 
 NICK SCRIVENER    HEAD COACH   Nick Scrivener joins the Canberra Vikings in 2018 as Head Coach, bringing a wealth of experience. Previously Nick held assistant coaching positions with the Wallabies and the Brumbies, Australia A, Australian U21s, and Head Coaching positions with Edinburgh, Scotland A, Toyota Verblitz in Japan, the Australian Rugby National Academy, the Canberra Vikings, and is currently Coaching Director of Tuggeranong Vikings.

NICK SCRIVENER

HEAD COACH

Nick Scrivener joins the Canberra Vikings in 2018 as Head Coach, bringing a wealth of experience. Previously Nick held assistant coaching positions with the Wallabies and the Brumbies, Australia A, Australian U21s, and Head Coaching positions with Edinburgh, Scotland A, Toyota Verblitz in Japan, the Australian Rugby National Academy, the Canberra Vikings, and is currently Coaching Director of Tuggeranong Vikings.

 DANIEL HOOPER    ASSISTANT COACH   Daniel Hooper returns in 2018 once again overseeing the sides defense. Daniel is currently the Brumbies Rugby Academy Head Coach and is the former Uni Norths Owls Head Coach.

DANIEL HOOPER

ASSISTANT COACH

Daniel Hooper returns in 2018 once again overseeing the sides defense. Daniel is currently the Brumbies Rugby Academy Head Coach and is the former Uni Norths Owls Head Coach.

 MARCO CAPUTO    ASSISTANT COACH   Canberra Vikings welcomes Marco Caputo to the coaching team in 2018, with the former Wallaby, Brumbies and Gungahlin Eagles (Daramalan) club legend coming on board as assistant to coach to oversee the forwards and set piece. Marco also boasts an impressive resume, including former Head Coach of Gungahlin Eagles, assistant coach at Brumbies, Leinster in Ireland, and Kobelco Steelers in Japan.

MARCO CAPUTO

ASSISTANT COACH

Canberra Vikings welcomes Marco Caputo to the coaching team in 2018, with the former Wallaby, Brumbies and Gungahlin Eagles (Daramalan) club legend coming on board as assistant to coach to oversee the forwards and set piece. Marco also boasts an impressive resume, including former Head Coach of Gungahlin Eagles, assistant coach at Brumbies, Leinster in Ireland, and Kobelco Steelers in Japan.

 DENZIL FOX   TEAM MANAGER

DENZIL FOX

TEAM MANAGER