Jonah Placid named in squad for the Queensland Reds
LORRAINE Barham-Placid's heart broke when she sent her son off to boarding school.
He didn't want to move 700km from his Rockhampton-based family to attend rugby union nursery Toowoomba Grammar School.
But tonight the decision will have paid off with Barham-Placid's eldest son Jonah Placid named in a 26-man squad for the Queensland Reds for the first time.
The 18-year-old former Australian schoolboy rep will have the full support of his immediate family tonight with mum Lorraine and his brothers, Excell, 17, Harry, 11 and Jake, 10, in the stands at Toowoomba Sports Ground.
The family loaded up the car in the early hours of the morning to head south to watch Placid play in the club's first trial ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season.
He'll take to the field alongside Australian Wallabies stars Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Theodore-raised Rob Simmons and Reds captain James Horwill against two-time champions the Chiefs.
Placid is a former Allenstown State School school captain and one-time The Cathedral College student who, through a tonne of hard work and an ounce of luck, landed a scholarship at TGS.
Unbeknown to him, Placid missed the under-15 Central Queensland rugby union trials, seemingly ending his chances of earning selection in the Queensland team.
However two team members withdrew from the squad and Placid and former TCC schoolmate and Brisbane Broncos Holden Cup halfback Duncan Paia'Aua were called up.
The pair went on to be selected for the Queensland under-15 team and were offered scholarships with TGS.
Paia'Aua remained at TCC to fulfil his Broncos scholarship, while a reluctant Placid accepted the scholarship.
"He didn't want to go," Barham-Placid said.
"He cried, but from the bottom of my heart I wanted him to go.
"It hurt me to let him go, but he eventually took it and he's never looked back."
Since the move, Placid has gone on to represent Australian Schoolboys in 2012 before playing in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championships for the Australian under-20 team.
Placid starred for Brisbane Easts in their 27-22 grand final upset of GPS at Ballymore last year.