Two former Wagga boys have helped Australia to success in the World School Sevens Tournament at Auckland over the weekend.
Matt McTaggart (left) and Dylan Pietsch (right) were both selected for the Australian under 18 boys teams following impressive performances at the National Youth Championships in Perth earlier this month.
Australia went through the tournament undefeated and scored a thrilling win over Samoa Barbarians in the final.
The Riverina Anglican College student Claudia Obst was part of the girls team but didn’t enjoy the same success.
After a draw and two losses in the group stage, the Aussies scored a 14-12 win over Samoa in the plate final.
Rising Rugby stars Claudia Obst and Matt McTaggart will leave for New Zealand today to compete on the world stage.
Obst and McTaggart were both selected in the Australian under 18 boys and girls teams after standout performances at last weekend’s National Youth Sevens Championships in Perth.
The Wagga duo will compete in the World School Sevens Tournament at Auckland’s Sacred Heart College.
The Australian youth boys team will go up against New Zealand, Samoa, NZ Fijians, Cook Islands and NZ Barbarians, while the youth girls will play New Zealand Condors, New Zealand Wasps and Samoa. ........
Twelve months after three clubs left Southern Inland, this year’s annual general meeting was a much quieter occasion.
David Adamson survived a challenge from Jim Kimball to retain his role as Southern Inland president.
The departure of Temora, Cootamundra and Young saw first grade teams drop from 11 to eight in 2016, but going off a relatively speedy meeting on Sunday the changes have been well received.
SIRU rugby manager Mick McTaggart said there were no big issues brought up by the clubs.
One of the biggest talking points was the battle for presidency.
- DA Article: Seth Stoltenberg has made the switch from Wagga City to Ag College, coming on board as an assistant coach.
Stoltenberg, who is also the Brumbies development officer, will step in as backline coach.
The 21-year-old said the opportunity to be part of the first grade coaching structure was a big attraction.
“It wasn’t something I could really say no to,” Stoltenberg said. “I’m excited for the opportunity.”
Former Fijian international Marika Vunibaka will take over as Leeton’s coach for 2017.
Marika Vunibaka has replaced Seru Rogo as the head of the Phantoms. After coaching Griffith to a Southern Inland premiership three seasons ago, Rogo guided Leeton to preliminary finals in the last two years. Leeton president Bart Challacombe said Rogo has business commitments in his native Fiji and wasn’t able to commit to the role once again. However, Rogo is expected to still have some input in the team.