Angus Dorante and Masi Nona stand proud after being selected for the Junior Gold Squad Camp.
Angus Dorante and Masi Nona stand proud after being selected for the Junior Gold Squad Camp. Supplied

Rugby pair strike junior gold

RUGBY UNION: They are strong, they are talented, they are fierce and now these two St Brendan’s boys have been selected for Australia’s Junior Gold Squad Camp.

The Australian Institute of Sport selected Angus Dorante and Masi Nona as two of the 100 best rugby union schoolboys in the country to train in the squad.

Coach Wes Heberlien said the boys were “stoked” with the accomplishment and have played an impressive year in the fields of rugby union and league.

“I think because they have been selected for the squad it means they are the two best players we have,” Heberlien said.

The boys participated in their first Junior Gold Squad Camp last month and will head to Canberra again for the next camp in January next year.

“Both the boys commented on how professional the camp was and how exciting it was to play with and against the best players in the country,” he said.

“In one of the games at the camp Masi scored a 50m try throwing a dummy to Angus who was the opposition full back.”

The boys, who play for the Frenchville Pioneers rugby union team, were also selected for the under-16 Comets rugby league team for the 2010 season.

“I can see them play professionally in the future whether it is league, union or AFL – they have the potential to do any,” he said.

“They are moving out of that fun stage and now taking it all a bit more seriously.”

The boys were identified in the in representative matches during the 2009 season.

And there was no mistaking Dorante’s talent when he scored all of the tries for the Queensland Country under-15 team which was victorious over City under-15s in September. “Angus is a creative ball player, has a good kicking game and he is a thinker,” Heberlien said.

Angus and Masi also both played in the undefeated National Indigenous under-16 team that won the division two title at the National U16 Championships in Sydney in October.

“Masi plays in the back row and he is a big unit who is really quick and has a good off load,” he said.



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