2019


 
TOM BANKS   OUTSIDE BACK    186cm | 93kg | 18 June 1994     Uni-Norths Owls    Tom Banks meteoric rise up the rugby union ranks shows no sign of slowing down as the Plus500 Brumbies full-back gains further international selection for the Wallabies. Having made his Test debut in 2018 against the All Blacks in Auckland, Banks has since raised his cap tally to four. A strong strike-runner, with a nose for the try-line, Banks has crossed for eighteen Super Rugby tries in just 46 matches, a strike-rate that is replicated in the NRC where he has fourteen tries from 36 games.   Rep Honours:  Wallabies,   Barbarians, Brumbies, Queensland Schools, Queensland U20, Queensland Country, Reds

TOM BANKS

OUTSIDE BACK

186cm | 93kg | 18 June 1994

Uni-Norths Owls

Tom Banks meteoric rise up the rugby union ranks shows no sign of slowing down as the Plus500 Brumbies full-back gains further international selection for the Wallabies. Having made his Test debut in 2018 against the All Blacks in Auckland, Banks has since raised his cap tally to four. A strong strike-runner, with a nose for the try-line, Banks has crossed for eighteen Super Rugby tries in just 46 matches, a strike-rate that is replicated in the NRC where he has fourteen tries from 36 games.

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

MACK HANSEN    FLYHALF / FULLBACK    188cm | 89kg | 27 March 1998     Gungahlin Eagles    Mack Hansen continues to improve year-on-year with 2019 showcasing some of his exquisite skills. Six tries in two matches at the start of the season for the Brumbies Runners sent notice that Hansen was ready to make the leap into Super Rugby and he did so when winning an inaugural cap against the Waratahs at GIO Stadium in March. Possessing a languid running style, akin to Stephen Larkham, Hansen’s pace, eye for a gap and general match-awareness are a stand-out. The Gungahlin Eagles man made his NRC debut for the Vikings in 2017 against the Fiji Drua at Viking Park and has since gone on to win seven caps at that level.   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 continues to improve year-on-year with 2019 showcasing some of his exquisite skills. Six tries in two matches at the start of the season for the Brumbies Runners sent notice that Hansen was ready to make the leap into Super Rugby and he did so when winning an inaugural cap against the Waratahs at GIO Stadium in March. Possessing a languid running style, akin to Stephen Larkham, Hansen’s pace, eye for a gap and general match-awareness are a stand-out. The Gungahlin Eagles man made his NRC debut for the Vikings in 2017 against the Fiji Drua at Viking Park and has since gone on to win seven caps at that level.

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

LEN IKITAU   CENTRE    180cm | 90kg | 1 October 1998     Tuggeranong Vikings    Exciting centre Len Ikitau, who made his NRC debut for the Vikings in 2017 against Queensland Country in Canberra, took the next step in his rugby career when he was capped by the Plus500 Brumbies at Super Rugby level in 2019. Making his bow at the elite level against the Blues at GIO Stadium, Ikitau went on to win a second cap a week later. At NRC level the hard-running Ikitau has claimed four tries in fifteen matches and was a part of the Junior Wallabies in 2019, a natural progression from his inclusion in the Brumbies U20 team and, latterly, the Runners.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners

LEN IKITAU

CENTRE

180cm | 90kg | 1 October 1998

Tuggeranong Vikings

Exciting centre Len Ikitau, who made his NRC debut for the Vikings in 2017 against Queensland Country in Canberra, took the next step in his rugby career when he was capped by the Plus500 Brumbies at Super Rugby level in 2019. Making his bow at the elite level against the Blues at GIO Stadium, Ikitau went on to win a second cap a week later. At NRC level the hard-running Ikitau has claimed four tries in fifteen matches and was a part of the Junior Wallabies in 2019, a natural progression from his inclusion in the Brumbies U20 team and, latterly, the Runners.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners

BAYLEY KUENZLE   FLYHALF / CENTRE    186cm | 92kg | 18 June 1998     Tuggeranong Vikings    Signed amid much fan-fare last season, Bayley Kuenzle has continued his rugby education with a strong season at the Plus500 Brumbies, learning his trade as a utility back who is equally comfortable at flyhalf or in the centre. Another in the ranks of the Vikings who was a Junior Wallaby representative, Kuenzle has good pace, acceleration and a probing kicking game. Educated at Newington College in Sydney, Kuenzle played his 2019 club football at Southern Districts in the Shute Shield, enjoying a strong campaign.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Brumbies Runners, Waratahs U20

BAYLEY KUENZLE

FLYHALF / CENTRE

186cm | 92kg | 18 June 1998

Tuggeranong Vikings

Signed amid much fan-fare last season, Bayley Kuenzle has continued his rugby education with a strong season at the Plus500 Brumbies, learning his trade as a utility back who is equally comfortable at flyhalf or in the centre. Another in the ranks of the Vikings who was a Junior Wallaby representative, Kuenzle has good pace, acceleration and a probing kicking game. Educated at Newington College in Sydney, Kuenzle played his 2019 club football at Southern Districts in the Shute Shield, enjoying a strong campaign.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Brumbies Runners, Waratahs U20

 
NOAH LOLESIO   CENTRE    178cm | 88kg | 18 December 1999     Tuggeranong Vikings    A vital member of the junior Wallabies team that made the U20 World Cup Final against France in Argentina, alongside Nick Frost and Lachlan Lonergan, Noah Lolesio was the tactician that drove the team to that success. His performance at that competition continued his rapid development having made an instant impact on the NRC last season, playing three matches after making his debut against Melbourne Rising and scoring a maiden NRC try in the Semi-Final loss to the Fiji Drua in Churchill, a game in which he also slotted a nerveless penalty.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Brumbies Runners

NOAH LOLESIO

CENTRE

178cm | 88kg | 18 December 1999

Tuggeranong Vikings

A vital member of the junior Wallabies team that made the U20 World Cup Final against France in Argentina, alongside Nick Frost and Lachlan Lonergan, Noah Lolesio was the tactician that drove the team to that success. His performance at that competition continued his rapid development having made an instant impact on the NRC last season, playing three matches after making his debut against Melbourne Rising and scoring a maiden NRC try in the Semi-Final loss to the Fiji Drua in Churchill, a game in which he also slotted a nerveless penalty.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Brumbies Runners

RYAN LONERGAN   SCRUMHALF    184cm | 80kg | 6 April 1998     Tuggeranong Vikings    Ryan Lonergan, a scrumhalf with a bullet-pass and an eye for a gap, took his Super Rugby career caps to six after appearing five times as the Brumbies made it to the semi-final stage. Lonergan, who is also an expert goal-kicker, a facet of his game that could prove to be crucial in years to come, landed his first Super Rugby points from the tee with a conversion in the home victory over the Reds at GIO Stadium. At NRC level, Lonergan has fifteen caps to his name and has crossed for four tries, landing ten conversions, for a forty-point haul.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

RYAN LONERGAN

SCRUMHALF

184cm | 80kg | 6 April 1998

Tuggeranong Vikings

Ryan Lonergan, a scrumhalf with a bullet-pass and an eye for a gap, took his Super Rugby career caps to six after appearing five times as the Brumbies made it to the semi-final stage. Lonergan, who is also an expert goal-kicker, a facet of his game that could prove to be crucial in years to come, landed his first Super Rugby points from the tee with a conversion in the home victory over the Reds at GIO Stadium. At NRC level, Lonergan has fifteen caps to his name and has crossed for four tries, landing ten conversions, for a forty-point haul.

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

GEORGE MORSEU   WING    173cm | 79kg | 26 June 1996     Eastern Districts    A speedy winger with a nose for the try-line, George Morseu has been rewarded for some consistent displays for Eastern Districts in the local Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup competition with a place in the Vikings NRC squad for 2019. His sheer pace is no secret, Morseu scored a memorable long-range try for the Brumbies in a mid-season tour match against the Asia-Pacific Dragons in Singapore two years ago, and that finishing prowess has been on display throughout his career. Something of a sevens expert, he has played internationally for Papua New Guinea, expect the Torres Strait Islander to thrill crowds during the tournament.   Rep Honours:  Brumbies XV, ACT 7s, Queensland 7s, Lloyd McDermott 7s, Pupua New Guinea 7s, Canberra Vikings

GEORGE MORSEU

WING

173cm | 79kg | 26 June 1996

Eastern Districts

A speedy winger with a nose for the try-line, George Morseu has been rewarded for some consistent displays for Eastern Districts in the local Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup competition with a place in the Vikings NRC squad for 2019. His sheer pace is no secret, Morseu scored a memorable long-range try for the Brumbies in a mid-season tour match against the Asia-Pacific Dragons in Singapore two years ago, and that finishing prowess has been on display throughout his career. Something of a sevens expert, he has played internationally for Papua New Guinea, expect the Torres Strait Islander to thrill crowds during the tournament.

Rep Honours: Brumbies XV, ACT 7s, Queensland 7s, Lloyd McDermott 7s, Pupua New Guinea 7s, Canberra Vikings

ANDREW MUIRHEAD   WING    183cm | 84kg | 8 July 1993     Canberra Royals    Blessed with the ability to sniff out a try from virtually nothing, winger Andy Muirhead has grown in stature since his signing with the Brumbies in 2017. After making his debut in South Africa, against the Kings in Port Elizabeth, Muirhead has claimed eight tries in 25 Super Rugby matches, a strike-rate bettered at NRC level where his eight tries have come in only twenty games. Muirhead played NRC for Brisbane City back in his native Queensland, making two appearances, before switching South to further his rugby career. It looks like an inspired choice.   Rep Honours:  Brumbies Runners, Counties Manukau, Brisbane City, Brumbies

ANDREW MUIRHEAD

WING

183cm | 84kg | 8 July 1993

Canberra Royals

Blessed with the ability to sniff out a try from virtually nothing, winger Andy Muirhead has grown in stature since his signing with the Brumbies in 2017. After making his debut in South Africa, against the Kings in Port Elizabeth, Muirhead has claimed eight tries in 25 Super Rugby matches, a strike-rate bettered at NRC level where his eight tries have come in only twenty games. Muirhead played NRC for Brisbane City back in his native Queensland, making two appearances, before switching South to further his rugby career. It looks like an inspired choice.

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

 
JOE POWELL   SCRUMHALF    177cm | 85kg | 11 April 1994     Tuggeranong Vikings    A graduate of the age-grade system in Australian rugby, Joe Powell is now a regular member of the Plus500 Brumbies Super Rugby team having been capped sixty times at that level. Making his Test debut against Fiji in Melbourne in 2017, Powell is a Vikings regular having notched up 25 appearances in the NRC since his maiden outing against the Sydney Stars in 2014. Hailing from Marist College in Canberra, Powell moved through the Australian ranks from Schoolboys and Junior Wallabies through to Australia A and then onto full-cap honours.   Rep Honours:  Wallabies, Australia A, Junior Wallabies, Canberra Vikings, Australian Schoolboys

JOE POWELL

SCRUMHALF

177cm | 85kg | 11 April 1994

Tuggeranong Vikings

A graduate of the age-grade system in Australian rugby, Joe Powell is now a regular member of the Plus500 Brumbies Super Rugby team having been capped sixty times at that level. Making his Test debut against Fiji in Melbourne in 2017, Powell is a Vikings regular having notched up 25 appearances in the NRC since his maiden outing against the Sydney Stars in 2014. Hailing from Marist College in Canberra, Powell moved through the Australian ranks from Schoolboys and Junior Wallabies through to Australia A and then onto full-cap honours.

Rep Honours: Wallabies, Australia A, Junior Wallabies, Canberra Vikings, Australian Schoolboys

TONI PULU   WING    184cm | 93kg | 28 November 1988     Eastern Suburbs    The speed demon that is Toni Pulu was signed by the Brumbies from the Chiefs at the start of the 2019 Super Rugby season and, despite fracturing his cheekbone on his debut was able to show his incredible pace, first demonstrated on the sevens circuit for the Niue islands, to the Canberra locals. This will be Pulu’s first foray into the NRC competition, the Los Angeles born wing called into the squad by Head Coach Nick Scrivener, and he will no doubt have a major impact given quick ball and the room afforded in the back-line in what are traditionally high-scoring contests.   Rep Honours:  Niue Islands (Sevens), Chiefs, Counties Manuka

TONI PULU

WING

184cm | 93kg | 28 November 1988

Eastern Suburbs

The speed demon that is Toni Pulu was signed by the Brumbies from the Chiefs at the start of the 2019 Super Rugby season and, despite fracturing his cheekbone on his debut was able to show his incredible pace, first demonstrated on the sevens circuit for the Niue islands, to the Canberra locals. This will be Pulu’s first foray into the NRC competition, the Los Angeles born wing called into the squad by Head Coach Nick Scrivener, and he will no doubt have a major impact given quick ball and the room afforded in the back-line in what are traditionally high-scoring contests.

Rep Honours: Niue Islands (Sevens), Chiefs, Counties Manuka

ANDREW ROBINSON   CENTRE    178cm | 93kg | 30 June 1994     Tuggeranong Vikings    Andrew Robinson, a strong-running centre with pace and strength, makes a return to the Vikings squad for 2019 having sat out the 2018 season through injury. First capped at the NRC level back in 2016 against the NSW Country Eagles at Viking Park, Robinson has six tries in only eleven appearances for the club, a more than adequate return. A local product, he was born in Canberra and educated at St. Mary MacKillop College, Robinson knows every blade of Viking Park having been an important part of the Tuggeranong Vikings recent successes at club level.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, ACT Schools, Sydney Stars, Canberra Vikings, Brumbies XV, Australian Barbarians

ANDREW ROBINSON

CENTRE

178cm | 93kg | 30 June 1994

Tuggeranong Vikings

Andrew Robinson, a strong-running centre with pace and strength, makes a return to the Vikings squad for 2019 having sat out the 2018 season through injury. First capped at the NRC level back in 2016 against the NSW Country Eagles at Viking Park, Robinson has six tries in only eleven appearances for the club, a more than adequate return. A local product, he was born in Canberra and educated at St. Mary MacKillop College, Robinson knows every blade of Viking Park having been an important part of the Tuggeranong Vikings recent successes at club level.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, ACT Schools, Sydney Stars, Canberra Vikings, Brumbies XV, Australian Barbarians

IRAE SIMONE   CENTRE    193cm | 105kg | 10 July 1995     Northern Suburbs, NSW    Irae Simone enjoyed an excellent first season in the colours of the Plus500 Brumbies, following up a series of superb performances in the red, black and white of the Vikings, for whom he debuted in 2018 against Queensland Country. Simone, formerly of the Waratahs, has 27 Super Rugby caps to his name and bagged his first tries at that level with a late-season flurry for the Brumbies. Born in New Zealand, and an attendee of Mount Grammar School in Auckland, Simone has six Vikings caps and will likely be a vital part of the teams attacking and defensive plans in 2019.   Rep Honours:  New Zealand Schools (Rugby League), Sydney Rays, South Sydney Rabbitohs (Rugby League), Waratahs, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

IRAE SIMONE

CENTRE

193cm | 105kg | 10 July 1995

Northern Suburbs, NSW

Irae Simone enjoyed an excellent first season in the colours of the Plus500 Brumbies, following up a series of superb performances in the red, black and white of the Vikings, for whom he debuted in 2018 against Queensland Country. Simone, formerly of the Waratahs, has 27 Super Rugby caps to his name and bagged his first tries at that level with a late-season flurry for the Brumbies. Born in New Zealand, and an attendee of Mount Grammar School in Auckland, Simone has six Vikings caps and will likely be a vital part of the teams attacking and defensive plans in 2019.

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

 
SEAMUS SMITH   SCRUMHALF    183cm | 91kg | 2 November 1999    Tuggeranong Vikings   A talented young scrumhalf with bags of pace in and around the ruck, Seamus Smith will be eyeing off a Canberra Vikings NRC debut in 2019 having been in excellent form at club level. Smith, who attended Marist College in Canberra, a well-known producer of talent for the oval-ball code, was a standout at Schools level, excelling for Australia Schools and making the extended training squad for the Junior Wallabies this season. Smith has been steadily making progress through the Brumbies Academy ranks and could be in for a break-out NRC season.   Rep Honours:  Brumbies Runners, Brumbies Academy, Brumbies U19, Australian Schools

SEAMUS SMITH

SCRUMHALF

183cm | 91kg | 2 November 1999

Tuggeranong Vikings

A talented young scrumhalf with bags of pace in and around the ruck, Seamus Smith will be eyeing off a Canberra Vikings NRC debut in 2019 having been in excellent form at club level. Smith, who attended Marist College in Canberra, a well-known producer of talent for the oval-ball code, was a standout at Schools level, excelling for Australia Schools and making the extended training squad for the Junior Wallabies this season. Smith has been steadily making progress through the Brumbies Academy ranks and could be in for a break-out NRC season.

Rep Honours: Brumbies Runners, Brumbies Academy, Brumbies U19, Australian Schools

TOM WRIGHT   INSIDE BACK    186cm | 98kg | 21 July 1997     Western District Lions    Former rugby league prodigy Tom Wright took to his return to the union code like a duck to water as he enjoyed a memorable debut season for the Plus500 brumbies in the Super Rugby competition. Playing thirteen times for the side, after making his debut off the bench against the Chiefs in Canberra, Wright crossed for three tries, showing blistering pace and swift footwork. A former Australian Schoolboy rugby star, Wright is a player with plenty of electrifying speed and skills who can play full-back, wing, centre and flyhalf, making him the perfect utility back.   Rep Honours:  Manly Rl, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

TOM WRIGHT

INSIDE BACK

186cm | 98kg | 21 July 1997

Western District Lions

Former rugby league prodigy Tom Wright took to his return to the union code like a duck to water as he enjoyed a memorable debut season for the Plus500 brumbies in the Super Rugby competition. Playing thirteen times for the side, after making his debut off the bench against the Chiefs in Canberra, Wright crossed for three tries, showing blistering pace and swift footwork. A former Australian Schoolboy rugby star, Wright is a player with plenty of electrifying speed and skills who can play full-back, wing, centre and flyhalf, making him the perfect utility back.

Rep Honours: Manly Rl, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

ANGUS ALLEN   FLANKER    187cm | 100kg | 10 September 1997     Tuggeranong Vikings    A former Junior Wallabies international, Angus Allen first made his name in local club competition with Wests, with whom he made a Grand Final in 2017. His sterling performances in that season’s John I Dent Cup competition led to him securing a spot in the Canberra Vikings NRC team for 2017, subsequently making his debut against Queensland Country at Viking Park. Allen has since made ten appearances for the club, having also represented the Plus500 Brumbies at 7s and for the Runners and U20 sides.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Brumbies U20, Brumbies 7s, Brumbies Runners, Canberra Vikings, Australia Schools

ANGUS ALLEN

FLANKER

187cm | 100kg | 10 September 1997

Tuggeranong Vikings

A former Junior Wallabies international, Angus Allen first made his name in local club competition with Wests, with whom he made a Grand Final in 2017. His sterling performances in that season’s John I Dent Cup competition led to him securing a spot in the Canberra Vikings NRC team for 2017, subsequently making his debut against Queensland Country at Viking Park. Allen has since made ten appearances for the club, having also represented the Plus500 Brumbies at 7s and for the Runners and U20 sides.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Brumbies U20, Brumbies 7s, Brumbies Runners, Canberra Vikings, Australia Schools

BOWEN ABRA   PROP    182cm | 115kg | 11 July 1999     Easts, Sydney    Young prop forward Bowen Abra, known as Bo, joins the Canberra Vikings for the 2019 NRC campaign having been in impressive form at the Junior World Championships in Argentina where he book-ended the scrum as the Junior Wallabies made the Final. Abra, a product of St. Stanislaus College in Bathurst, was a Schoolboy star, selected for Australia at that level before progressing his rugby career with the Waratahs U20 as part of their Gen Blue squad.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, NSW Gen Blue, NSW Schools. Northern Inlands, Independent Schools Association XV

BOWEN ABRA

PROP

182cm | 115kg | 11 July 1999

Easts, Sydney

Young prop forward Bowen Abra, known as Bo, joins the Canberra Vikings for the 2019 NRC campaign having been in impressive form at the Junior World Championships in Argentina where he book-ended the scrum as the Junior Wallabies made the Final. Abra, a product of St. Stanislaus College in Bathurst, was a Schoolboy star, selected for Australia at that level before progressing his rugby career with the Waratahs U20 as part of their Gen Blue squad.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, NSW Gen Blue, NSW Schools. Northern Inlands, Independent Schools Association XV

 
NICK DOBSON   PROP    181cm | 117kg | 20 November 1987     Gungahlin Eagles    Prop Nick Dobson has been recalled into the Canberra Vikings squad after a two-year absence following a fantastic season with Gungahlin Eagles in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup, helping the Eagles to the Elimination Final. A regular with the ACT Griffins representative team, Dobson played from 2013-2016 inclusive, the forward earning his maiden, and to date only, Vikings cap in the NRC clash with Sydney Rays at Pittwater Park in 2016. Strong at the set-piece and in the loose, Dobson will be hoping to add to his caps this season.   Rep Honours:  Canberra Vikings, ACT Griffins

NICK DOBSON

PROP

181cm | 117kg | 20 November 1987

Gungahlin Eagles

Prop Nick Dobson has been recalled into the Canberra Vikings squad after a two-year absence following a fantastic season with Gungahlin Eagles in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup, helping the Eagles to the Elimination Final. A regular with the ACT Griffins representative team, Dobson played from 2013-2016 inclusive, the forward earning his maiden, and to date only, Vikings cap in the NRC clash with Sydney Rays at Pittwater Park in 2016. Strong at the set-piece and in the loose, Dobson will be hoping to add to his caps this season.

Rep Honours: Canberra Vikings, ACT Griffins

BLAKE ENEVER   LOCK    200cm | 116kg | 12 October 1991     Eastern Suburbs    One-cap shy of a half-century of appearances for the Plus500 Brumbies, lock Blake Enever has reached the magical mark for the Super Rugby competition thanks to a single appearance for the Reds before his move South to the national Capital. Born on the Sunshine Coast, and hailing from Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Enever has been a popular member of the Brumbies since his 2015 debut against the Rebels. The highest-capped Vikings player in the current squad, with 42 appearances, Enever’s experience could be key in 2019.   Rep Honours:  Wallabies, Junior Wallabies, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies, Reds

BLAKE ENEVER

LOCK

200cm | 116kg | 12 October 1991

Eastern Suburbs

One-cap shy of a half-century of appearances for the Plus500 Brumbies, lock Blake Enever has reached the magical mark for the Super Rugby competition thanks to a single appearance for the Reds before his move South to the national Capital. Born on the Sunshine Coast, and hailing from Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Enever has been a popular member of the Brumbies since his 2015 debut against the Rebels. The highest-capped Vikings player in the current squad, with 42 appearances, Enever’s experience could be key in 2019.

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

NICK FROST   LOCK    205cm | 110kg | 10 October 1999     Queanbeyan Whites    One of the success stories from the Junior Wallabies run to the 2019 U20 World Cup Final, Nick Frost begins his maiden campaign in the NRC having signed a contract at Super Rugby level with the Plus500 Brumbies. Frost lit up the tournament in South America, scoring an outrageous try off the kick-off in Pool play against Ireland, but the lock forward is no stranger to scintillating scores having showcased his wares for the Australian Schools team before heading to New Zealand to join the Crusaders Development Academy. Now back in Australia, Frost is tipped for big things as his career progresses.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australia Schools, Brumbies Runners

NICK FROST

LOCK

205cm | 110kg | 10 October 1999

Queanbeyan Whites

One of the success stories from the Junior Wallabies run to the 2019 U20 World Cup Final, Nick Frost begins his maiden campaign in the NRC having signed a contract at Super Rugby level with the Plus500 Brumbies. Frost lit up the tournament in South America, scoring an outrageous try off the kick-off in Pool play against Ireland, but the lock forward is no stranger to scintillating scores having showcased his wares for the Australian Schools team before heading to New Zealand to join the Crusaders Development Academy. Now back in Australia, Frost is tipped for big things as his career progresses.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies, Australia Schools, Brumbies Runners

LUKE GERSEKOWSKI   FLANKER    185cm | 93kg | 7 June 1998     Tuggeranong Vikings    Luke Gersekowski teams up with the Canberra Vikings for the 2019 NRC having been in exceptional form for the Tuggeranong Vikings in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup, impressing his club boss Nick Scrivener enough to earn a call-up to the next level. A high-school star with St. Edmunds College in Canberra, Gersekowski earned selection for Australian Schools after some strong displays for the ACT representative team. He has since featured for the Brumbies at U20 level and will be eyeing off an NRC debut during the tournament.   Rep Honours:  ACT Brumbies Schools, Australian Schools, Brumbies U20

LUKE GERSEKOWSKI

FLANKER

185cm | 93kg | 7 June 1998

Tuggeranong Vikings

Luke Gersekowski teams up with the Canberra Vikings for the 2019 NRC having been in exceptional form for the Tuggeranong Vikings in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup, impressing his club boss Nick Scrivener enough to earn a call-up to the next level. A high-school star with St. Edmunds College in Canberra, Gersekowski earned selection for Australian Schools after some strong displays for the ACT representative team. He has since featured for the Brumbies at U20 level and will be eyeing off an NRC debut during the tournament.

Rep Honours: ACT Brumbies Schools, Australian Schools, Brumbies U20

 
JAKE HELGESEN   LOCK    185cm | 98kg | 2 May 1993     Gungahlin Eagles    Gungahlin Eagles lock Jake Helgesen will be looking to crack the NRC matchday squad for the first time in 2019 having been a major part of the Eagles push towards the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup title. A former winner of the MacDougall medal, awarded to the best player in the ACT club rugby competition, Helgesen has tasted representative football for the ACT XV and for the Brumbies, appearing for the Runners and for the 7s outfit.   Rep Honours:  ACT Schools, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies 7s, ACT XV

JAKE HELGESEN

LOCK

185cm | 98kg | 2 May 1993

Gungahlin Eagles

Gungahlin Eagles lock Jake Helgesen will be looking to crack the NRC matchday squad for the first time in 2019 having been a major part of the Eagles push towards the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup title. A former winner of the MacDougall medal, awarded to the best player in the ACT club rugby competition, Helgesen has tasted representative football for the ACT XV and for the Brumbies, appearing for the Runners and for the 7s outfit.

Rep Honours: ACT Schools, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies 7s, ACT XV

FRED KAIHEA   PROP    180cm | 117kg | 17 March 1999     Queanbeyan Whites    Prop forward Fred Kaihea offers stability in the set-piece and dynamism in the loose, hence his inclusion in the Canberra Vikings squad for the 2019 NRC campaign. The Queanbeyan Whites frontrower, has sparkled in local club competition and is pushing for his maiden NRC cap where he has the potential to cause a major headache for his opposite number. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, but educated at Erindale College, Kaihea will no doubt be an excellent acquisition for the new season.   Rep Honours:  Brumbies Runners, Australian Schools

FRED KAIHEA

PROP

180cm | 117kg | 17 March 1999

Queanbeyan Whites

Prop forward Fred Kaihea offers stability in the set-piece and dynamism in the loose, hence his inclusion in the Canberra Vikings squad for the 2019 NRC campaign. The Queanbeyan Whites frontrower, has sparkled in local club competition and is pushing for his maiden NRC cap where he has the potential to cause a major headache for his opposite number. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, but educated at Erindale College, Kaihea will no doubt be an excellent acquisition for the new season.

Rep Honours: Brumbies Runners, Australian Schools

LACHLAN LONERGAN   HOOKER    180cm | 98kg | 11 November 1999     Tuggeranong Vikings    Having played in the U20 World Cup Final for the Junior Wallabies against France in Argentina, it’s little surprise that Lachlan Lonergan, younger brother of Vikings and Brumbies scrumhalf Ryan, has made the next step in his rugby journey, signing a contract with the Super Rugby club and being included in the 2019 NRC squad. The prototype of the modern hooker, fast in the loose, athletically agile and strong at the set-piece, Lonergan has all the attributes to make a real success of his career. Plenty still to learn, but one to keep a close eye on.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies

LACHLAN LONERGAN

HOOKER

180cm | 98kg | 11 November 1999

Tuggeranong Vikings

Having played in the U20 World Cup Final for the Junior Wallabies against France in Argentina, it’s little surprise that Lachlan Lonergan, younger brother of Vikings and Brumbies scrumhalf Ryan, has made the next step in his rugby journey, signing a contract with the Super Rugby club and being included in the 2019 NRC squad. The prototype of the modern hooker, fast in the loose, athletically agile and strong at the set-piece, Lonergan has all the attributes to make a real success of his career. Plenty still to learn, but one to keep a close eye on.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies

TP LUTERU   HOOKER    183cm | 124kg | 19 MAY 1996     Western Districts Lions    Hooker TP Luteru has had an interesting rugby journey to date, one that has seen him play representative football in both Australia and New Zealand as well as earning caps at U20 level for Samoa. Born in Gisborne, across the Tasman, and educated at the famed rugby establishment of Wesley College in Auckland, Luteru initially played for the Chiefs at U18 and U20 level before mobbing to Australia. He made his NRC debut in 2017 against the NSW Country Eagles in Armidale, and his consistency has meant that he has been a go-to for the Brumbies Runners squads in recent seasons.   Rep Honours:  Chiefs U18, Chiefs U20, Samoa U20, Brumbies Runners, Canberra Vikings

TP LUTERU

HOOKER

183cm | 124kg | 19 MAY 1996

Western Districts Lions

Hooker TP Luteru has had an interesting rugby journey to date, one that has seen him play representative football in both Australia and New Zealand as well as earning caps at U20 level for Samoa. Born in Gisborne, across the Tasman, and educated at the famed rugby establishment of Wesley College in Auckland, Luteru initially played for the Chiefs at U18 and U20 level before mobbing to Australia. He made his NRC debut in 2017 against the NSW Country Eagles in Armidale, and his consistency has meant that he has been a go-to for the Brumbies Runners squads in recent seasons.

Rep Honours: Chiefs U18, Chiefs U20, Samoa U20, Brumbies Runners, Canberra Vikings

 
CONNAL MCINERNEY   HOOKER    181cm | 104kg | 2 March 1995     Easts, NSW / Canberra Royals    Connal McInerney equaled a long-standing Super Rugby record when he crossed for a hat-trick of tries as a second half replacement in the Brumbies win over the Sunwolves in Tokyo in 2019. In so doing, the hooker became just the fifth player in history to come off the bench and achieve a hat-trick in that competition. It cemented his place amongst the Brumbies squad, the Canberra Royals rake having made fifteen appearances at that level. Formerly with the NSW Country Eagles, McInerney made his Vikings debut in the NRC back in 2014 and has been a regular selection since.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, Australian Barbarians U20, Combined States U20, NSW Country Eagles, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

CONNAL MCINERNEY

HOOKER

181cm | 104kg | 2 March 1995

Easts, NSW / Canberra Royals

Connal McInerney equaled a long-standing Super Rugby record when he crossed for a hat-trick of tries as a second half replacement in the Brumbies win over the Sunwolves in Tokyo in 2019. In so doing, the hooker became just the fifth player in history to come off the bench and achieve a hat-trick in that competition. It cemented his place amongst the Brumbies squad, the Canberra Royals rake having made fifteen appearances at that level. Formerly with the NSW Country Eagles, McInerney made his Vikings debut in the NRC back in 2014 and has been a regular selection since.

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

WILL MILLER   BACKROW    183cm | 98kg | 3 September 1993     Northern Suburbs, NSW    Dubbed the ‘King in the North’, Will Miller has moved to the Australian Capital to join the Plus500 Brumbies from the Waratahs for the 2020 Super Rugby season and, as such, is eligible for selection for the Canberra Vikings in the 2019 NRC. Miller has played 34 times in Super Rugby, crossing for half-a-dozen tries in the process, and recently brought up his 100th club appearance for Northern Suburbs in the Shute Shield. No stranger to the NRC, Miller played for the NSW Country Eagles and Sydney Rays in the competition, he will be hoping to excel in front of his new supporters.   Rep Honours:  Rebels, Waratahs, NSW Country Eagles, Sydney Rays

WILL MILLER

BACKROW

183cm | 98kg | 3 September 1993

Northern Suburbs, NSW

Dubbed the ‘King in the North’, Will Miller has moved to the Australian Capital to join the Plus500 Brumbies from the Waratahs for the 2020 Super Rugby season and, as such, is eligible for selection for the Canberra Vikings in the 2019 NRC. Miller has played 34 times in Super Rugby, crossing for half-a-dozen tries in the process, and recently brought up his 100th club appearance for Northern Suburbs in the Shute Shield. No stranger to the NRC, Miller played for the NSW Country Eagles and Sydney Rays in the competition, he will be hoping to excel in front of his new supporters.

Rep Honours: Rebels, Waratahs, NSW Country Eagles, Sydney Rays

TOM ROSS   PROP    180cm | 118kg | 29 April 1998     Gungahlin Eagles    Tom Ross continued his upwards career trajectory in 2019 by making his inaugural appearance in the Super Rugby competition, becoming Brumby #215 when coming on against the Waratahs at GIO Stadium. It followed on from a hugely successful 2018 season in which Ross, a strong, talented scrummager who lives for the contact in the front row, was a Junior Wallaby and made his NRC bow against Queensland Country at Viking Park. An ever-present over the course of the season, the Gungahlin Eagles frontrower is likely to go up another notch in the 2019 NRC.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

TOM ROSS

PROP

180cm | 118kg | 29 April 1998

Gungahlin Eagles

Tom Ross continued his upwards career trajectory in 2019 by making his inaugural appearance in the Super Rugby competition, becoming Brumby #215 when coming on against the Waratahs at GIO Stadium. It followed on from a hugely successful 2018 season in which Ross, a strong, talented scrummager who lives for the contact in the front row, was a Junior Wallaby and made his NRC bow against Queensland Country at Viking Park. An ever-present over the course of the season, the Gungahlin Eagles frontrower is likely to go up another notch in the 2019 NRC.

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

PETE SAMU   BACKROW    185cm | 102kg | 17 December 1991     Eastern Suburbs    Blockbusting number eight Pete Samu made a much-publicised move from the Crusaders to the Brumbies during the 2018 season, signing with the club at the start of the 2019 campaign and making his debut against the Rebels in Canberra. Samu played one match in the NRC last year, coming in for the Semi-Final against Fiji Drua in Churchill, his first NRC involvement. A physical ball carrier, who loves the contact in the loose, Samu is a devasting runner and can bust holes in the tightest of defences and is sure to make a massive impact on the 2019 NRC.   Rep Honours:  Wallabies, Brumbies

PETE SAMU

BACKROW

185cm | 102kg | 17 December 1991

Eastern Suburbs

Blockbusting number eight Pete Samu made a much-publicised move from the Crusaders to the Brumbies during the 2018 season, signing with the club at the start of the 2019 campaign and making his debut against the Rebels in Canberra. Samu played one match in the NRC last year, coming in for the Semi-Final against Fiji Drua in Churchill, his first NRC involvement. A physical ball carrier, who loves the contact in the loose, Samu is a devasting runner and can bust holes in the tightest of defences and is sure to make a massive impact on the 2019 NRC.

Rep Honours: Wallabies, Brumbies

 
LEVI SHAW   LOCK    196cm | 108kg |19 March 1997     Gungahlin Eagles    Young lock Levi Shaw has been called into the Canberra Vikings NRC squad for 2019 after an impressive series of matches for his club side, Gungahlin Eagles, who played some outstanding rugby through the course of the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup competition. Shaw, a strong second row who excels at the line-out and enjoys a gallop with the ball in hand, is a product of St. Edmunds College in Canberra from where he as played age-grade rugby for the Plus500 Brumbies at both U18 and U20 levels.   Rep Honours:  Brumbies U20, Brumbies U18

LEVI SHAW

LOCK

196cm | 108kg |19 March 1997

Gungahlin Eagles

Young lock Levi Shaw has been called into the Canberra Vikings NRC squad for 2019 after an impressive series of matches for his club side, Gungahlin Eagles, who played some outstanding rugby through the course of the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup competition. Shaw, a strong second row who excels at the line-out and enjoys a gallop with the ball in hand, is a product of St. Edmunds College in Canberra from where he as played age-grade rugby for the Plus500 Brumbies at both U18 and U20 levels.

Rep Honours: Brumbies U20, Brumbies U18

JAKE SIMEON   PROP    182cm | 120kg | 7 August 1994     Souths Magpies, Brisbane, QLD    A highly-rated prop forward, Jake Simeon joins the Canberra Vikings for the 2019 NRC season having been a member of the Queensland Country squad where his appearances at Tighthead prop earned him a reputation as one of the best young scrummaging talents in the country. Simeon played in eight of the nine matches that Country were involved in during last year’s competition, including being named on the bench for the Grand Final loss to the Fiji Drua in the Pacific Islands, and is aiming to progress his career in the national capital.   Rep Honours:  Queensland Country

JAKE SIMEON

PROP

182cm | 120kg | 7 August 1994

Souths Magpies, Brisbane, QLD

A highly-rated prop forward, Jake Simeon joins the Canberra Vikings for the 2019 NRC season having been a member of the Queensland Country squad where his appearances at Tighthead prop earned him a reputation as one of the best young scrummaging talents in the country. Simeon played in eight of the nine matches that Country were involved in during last year’s competition, including being named on the bench for the Grand Final loss to the Fiji Drua in the Pacific Islands, and is aiming to progress his career in the national capital.

Rep Honours: Queensland Country

DARCY SWAIN   LOCK    200cm | 108kg | 5 July 1997     Tuggeranong Vikings    It says much for the stature of Darcy Swain that the lock is seen as a mature and calm head in the Vikings ranks despite his youthful age. The Babinda-born second row has been a Vikings regular since making his debut in the 2016 edition of the NRC, against the Sydney Rays at Pittwater Park, his series of excellent displays belying his years. Swain progressed through the Brumbies ranks to make his Super Rugby debut against the Jaguares in 2018 and he now has thirteen caps as a much-respected member of the squad.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies, Australian Schools Barbarians, Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Brumbies

DARCY SWAIN

LOCK

200cm | 108kg | 5 July 1997

Tuggeranong Vikings

It says much for the stature of Darcy Swain that the lock is seen as a mature and calm head in the Vikings ranks despite his youthful age. The Babinda-born second row has been a Vikings regular since making his debut in the 2016 edition of the NRC, against the Sydney Rays at Pittwater Park, his series of excellent displays belying his years. Swain progressed through the Brumbies ranks to make his Super Rugby debut against the Jaguares in 2018 and he now has thirteen caps as a much-respected member of the squad.

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

ROB VALETINI   BACKROW    193cm | 113kg | 3 September 1998     Western Districts Lions    Ear-marked for Super Rugby from a young age, Rob Valetini made the switch from Melbourne to Canberra at the start of 2018 and has recently been involved in the Wallabies international set-up. Untimely injuries, the young backrower suffering a serious knee-injury on debut, slowed his progress but has merely made the forward doubly-determined to seize the initiative when he plays. Amazing strength over the ball, fast-feet and a strong, speedy carry, allied to some brutal defence, have Valetini down as the ideal modern flanker. Set for a high-octane 2019 campaign.   Rep Honours:  Junior Wallabies. Brumbies, Melbourne Rising

ROB VALETINI

BACKROW

193cm | 113kg | 3 September 1998

Western Districts Lions

Ear-marked for Super Rugby from a young age, Rob Valetini made the switch from Melbourne to Canberra at the start of 2018 and has recently been involved in the Wallabies international set-up. Untimely injuries, the young backrower suffering a serious knee-injury on debut, slowed his progress but has merely made the forward doubly-determined to seize the initiative when he plays. Amazing strength over the ball, fast-feet and a strong, speedy carry, allied to some brutal defence, have Valetini down as the ideal modern flanker. Set for a high-octane 2019 campaign.

Rep Honours: Junior Wallabies. Brumbies, Melbourne Rising

ANGUS WAGNER   PROP    183cm | 119kg | 20 October 1997     Tuggeranong Vikings    Another who has risen up the ranks through the Plus500 Brumbies Academy, prop Angus Wagner has been a mainstay at club level for his team, the Tuggeranong Vikings, in 2018. Having made his NRC debut back in 2017 against the NSW Country Eagles in Armidale, Wagner has had to bide his time but is eyeing off the 2019 campaign as a chance to become a regular starter. A strong-scrummager, and excellent in the tackle, the Brisbane native travelled with the Brumbies to Argentina for cover for the semi-final clash with the Jaguares in June of 2019.   Rep Honours:  Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Canberra Vikings

ANGUS WAGNER

PROP

183cm | 119kg | 20 October 1997

Tuggeranong Vikings

Another who has risen up the ranks through the Plus500 Brumbies Academy, prop Angus Wagner has been a mainstay at club level for his team, the Tuggeranong Vikings, in 2018. Having made his NRC debut back in 2017 against the NSW Country Eagles in Armidale, Wagner has had to bide his time but is eyeing off the 2019 campaign as a chance to become a regular starter. A strong-scrummager, and excellent in the tackle, the Brisbane native travelled with the Brumbies to Argentina for cover for the semi-final clash with the Jaguares in June of 2019.

Rep Honours: Brumbies U20, Brumbies Runners, Canberra 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.

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