WATCH: Canberra Raiders newest recruit rips through Sydney GPS Schools

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    Yet another rising rugby star has been lost to league, with utility backrower Charlie Rorke signing a two-year rookie contract with the Canberra Raiders.

    The 17-year-old St. Ignatius schoolboy was featured tearing through the Sydney GPS schools on Club Roar.

    Angus Crichton, made a similar move a few years prior, representing Australia in 2013’s Schoolboys rugby team, before becoming a South Sydney Rabbitohs star.

    Rorke was reportedly being viewed as a potential future hooker, however, now that he’s been picked up by the Raiders it’s expected he’ll transition into a backrower.

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    • October 13th 2017 @ 1:39pm
      glider said | October 13th 2017 @ 1:39pm | ! Report

      whats wrong with rugby union when we keep losing players like this – good grief, its obvious he can play – where are the rugby scouts ?? asleep at the wheel

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        October 13th 2017 @ 4:14pm
        Train Without A Station said | October 13th 2017 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

        If you ask Sheek we are contracting these players too young.

        Then if you ask others we are letting them go instead of locking them in.

        Apparently the problem is both ways at the same time – not even possible.

      • October 15th 2017 @ 8:38am
        Rebellion said | October 15th 2017 @ 8:38am | ! Report

        I think the players and their agents just see environments like NRL clubs or the Crusaders for instance as better places for young guys to launch their careers and become better footballers.
        If they don’t turn out to be NRL Stars or All Blacks – an Australian Super Rugby Franchise will happily snap them up at the end of their contract.
        Pretty damning on perceived value of Australian Union coaching and pathways

    • October 13th 2017 @ 5:14pm
      republican said | October 13th 2017 @ 5:14pm | ! Report

      ……..nah, its because League holds a greater status in Australia and as such offers a more lucrative career for aspiring athletes in this country.
      It matters not that Union assumes a higher international pedigree, its a far more pragmatic decision that determines the choices of these aspiring athletes. This is based on Leagues superior Domestic culture here, which is far more attractive than any potential random Wallaby call up……..

    • October 13th 2017 @ 6:11pm
      Jeffrey Dun said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:11pm | ! Report

      Like many talented footballers, Rorke and Crichton played both Rugby and Rugby League as juniors.

      If they had taken up Super Rugby contracts, then the NRL could justifiably say that they had been “lost to Union”.

      • October 15th 2017 @ 5:18am
        nerval said | October 15th 2017 @ 5:18am | ! Report

        Exactly Jeffrey. Apparently, according to the Roar, not one of these converts from union ever played any rugby league. Considering the latter is strictly verboten in any self-respecting private school, it’s rather hard for any of these lads to play it at all…

    • October 15th 2017 @ 9:57am
      Harry said | October 15th 2017 @ 9:57am | ! Report

      Do all you handwringers … “Unions losing talented players who played GPS” realise that many promising league players are actually sent to GPS schools, paid by NRL clubs, to take advantage of the superior development and coaching facilities on offer?
      As always its a question of balance. But just because some promising young player has gone from GPS to league doesn’t mean that the system is broken. The opposite in fact.
      Its interesting that, post school, the NRL under 20’s was seen as the best development path for young players. But I see they (the NRL) have abolished this competition.
      ANyway, bottom line … there is plenty of good talent coming through the schools that will end up playing professionally … by sheer weight of numbers (15 Australian NRL sides compared to 4 SR sides) the majority will go to league.

    • October 15th 2017 @ 12:02pm
      rugger said | October 15th 2017 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

      ARU being so self-serving and wallaby-centric have deem 4 super team for Wallaby trials is enough.

      Guess what we will end up loosing some of the best due to volume of opportunities in NRL as opposed to 4 trial teams in rugby.

      Contracting its way to sucess one of many Pulver and Clyne legacies.

      • October 16th 2017 @ 3:28am
        Luke Ringland said | October 16th 2017 @ 3:28am | ! Report

        Rugger, it’s the same pool of money paying for the player contracts no matter how many SR teams there are; neigh, with four SR teams it’s actually a larger pool of money because after almost a decade in the competition the Force was still losing money.

        The way to grow the pool of money, and thus the amount of money we can spend on players like this to counterweight NRL money, is to have successful SR teams that get people through the gate and eyeballs on televisions in the main rugby markets.

        The subsidised development pathway needs to be an Australian domestic league, that will hopefully eventually not be quite so subsidised, that can offer a 17 year old the equivalent of a League development contract.

        If I were running things I would have cut both the Force and Rebels (perhaps merging Rebels and Brumbies), and put all the money being spent on those sink holes into improving the NRC. We’ve already seen that the Perth and Melbourne NRC teams can be well supported, and provide a good development pathway for local talent.

        • October 16th 2017 @ 1:08pm
          sittingbison said | October 16th 2017 @ 1:08pm | ! Report

          Laughable

        • October 16th 2017 @ 11:14pm
          Bakkies said | October 16th 2017 @ 11:14pm | ! Report

          Why would the Brumbies want the Rebels unit trusts?

    • October 17th 2017 @ 9:35pm
      Pete said | October 17th 2017 @ 9:35pm | ! Report

      Watched him against NZ Schoolboys wasnt nothing special

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