Favourite Son 23 man squad

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    For a bit of fun and to create some discussion, I have put together a list of 23 recent players who were blessed with the opportunity of donning the candy stripes of the greatest district rugby club in the combined Sutherland and St George area, the Southern Districts Rebels.

    This is not intended as a statement about developing players or where clubs should sit in the pecking order of Australian rugby. It is purely about players turning out for our club for whatever reason, be it Rory Arnold as a 3rd grader in 2011 or a local junior who ends up wearing the green and gold of Australia.

    One that falls into the latter category is Rob Horne and although I tried to keep the team to active players, I gave him dispensation by only recently retiring due to injury this year. However, this rule has led to me leaving out other recently retired players likely to have been picked, such as Dan Palmer, Radike Samo, Scottish and Lions international Chris Cusiter and Ita Vaea.

    One player that I was surprised to see still active was Huia Edmonds who, being capped for the Wallabies, has pushed my first choice to the bench, but hopefully that will change soon. The hooker domino effect also led to former Waratah John Ulugia not making the top 23.

    Another unlucky omission, Tim Metcher, whilst good enough to represent the Melbourne Rebels, play the B&I Lions twice for the Force and NSW/Qld Country and currently the Seattle Seawolves, faced stiff competition.

    Other Favourite Sons joining Tim in PRO Rugby are Tongan international Kurt Morath at the San Diego Breakers and USA international Matt Trouville at the Houston SaberCats. The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates have had Rebels representatives and the club currently has a healthy South American contingent.

    A special mention must also go to Olivia White as a member of the Australian women’s 7s side.

    No doubt a few Favourite Sons will be able to amend the side I have chosen or add to the notable mentions I have forgotten. I also look forward to seeing what others come up with from their clubs or stories they can share like the time Jerry Collins played a lower division club match in England, it doesn’t have to be limited to active players.

    My Southern Districts Favourite Son matchday 23:

    1 Allan Alaalatoa Brumbies, Wallabies
    2 Huia Edmonds Waratahs, Stormers, Brumbies, Gloucester, Narbonne, Wallabies
    3 Tetera Faulkner Force, Rebels, Wallabies
    4 Rory Arnold Brumbies, Wallabies
    5 Kane Douglas Waratahs, Leinster, Reds, Wallabies
    6 Sitaleki Timani Brumbies, Waratahs, Montpellier, Clermont, Wallabies
    7 Sean Doyle Ulster, Brumbies
    8 Lopeti Timani Waratahs, Rebels, Wallabies
    9 Grayson Hart Auckland, Waratahs, Scotland
    10 Ben Volavola Waratahs, Crusaders, Rebels, Fiji
    11 Cooper Vuna Rebels, Worcester, Bath, Wallabies, Tonga
    12 Brackin Karauria-Henry Brumbies, Waratahs, Aust 7s, NTT Shining Arcs
    13 Rob Horne Waratahs, Northampton, Wallabies
    14 Nick Cummins Force, Wallabies, Aust 7s
    15 Paul Asquith Rebels, Aust 7s, Llanelli Scarlets

    16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa Reds
    17 Michael Alaalatoa Crusaders
    18 Shambeckler Vui Force, Waratahs
    19 Sam Lousi Waratahs, Hurricanes
    20 Jed Holloway Waratahs
    21 DeWett Roos Brumbies
    22 Rohan Saifoloi Tasman Makos, Manu Samoa
    23 Alex Gibbon Aust 7s, Reds

    Over to you Roarers.

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    • May 26th 2018 @ 11:47am
      The Sheriff said | May 26th 2018 @ 11:47am | ! Report

      There are four former Far North Coast (NSW)players in the team. Wow!

      • May 26th 2018 @ 4:54pm
        rebel said | May 26th 2018 @ 4:54pm | ! Report

        Plus Chubby, Matt Gibbon and junior Douglas.
        great breeding ground

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      May 26th 2018 @ 1:37pm
      jeznez said | May 26th 2018 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

      Awesome stuff Rebel. My vintage is older and the likes of Scott Bowen, Peter Kay, Steve Talbot and Scott Fava would feature of the rep guys.

      Guys like Huia Edmonds and Elton Moncreif were handy as well.

      Although my favourite guys down there didn’t kick on to the rep side as much. Guys like Fridge and de Jong, Kama, Conch and Don. The Goldsboroughs, Buffy.

      Bumped into a couple of Favourite Sons watching my nephew run around for Burraneer this morning. Started reminiscing about my first ever rugby tour 25 years ago.

      Cracking times and off to Favourite Son Hill to watch the colts shortly

      • May 26th 2018 @ 4:58pm
        rebel said | May 26th 2018 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

        Yeah theres been some good ones over the years. Kept this list to active players but could put another good one together from the 90s and 00s.

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      May 26th 2018 @ 2:29pm
      Lano said | May 26th 2018 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

      We have a Rebels team here in Grafton (Norther Rivers NSW) – I’ve never heard of your lot….!

    • May 26th 2018 @ 4:39pm
      Ken Catchpole’s Other Leg said | May 26th 2018 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

      Impressive list, Rebel.

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