Updated: Sep 11, 2020
There is some serious talent getting around in QLD Premier Rugby right now. A number of coaches don't seem hesitant at all in throwing their young blokes into the furnace and see what they can produce.
Here's 5 names we've identified that we think should be considered next time there's development contracts being handed out. Believe me, there's more than just the 5 below that could have made this list. The colts competition is seeing some good young talent emerge as well, perhaps we will do another article dedicated to the Brisbane Colts comp next week.
Will Roach - University of Queensland
We've uncovered another terrific on-ball 7 in Will Roach. It is no mean feat to be starting for UQ's Premier Grade side at openside flanker. Roach, after a terrific year in colts rugby in 2019, has made the step up to the big leagues in 2020. Like current Reds stars Fraser McReight and Liam Wright, Roach has a great ability to affect turnovers at the breakdown.
The 2018 Gregory Terrace graduate is already in the Reds Academy system. He'll no doubt have his work cut out to knock those other blokes (McReight & Wright) off from their positions in the years to come, but he's one man that has all the right pieces to play rugby at a high level.
Hudson Creighton - Brothers Rugby Club
The last in the long line of talent footballers from the Creighton family, but Hudson may be the best yet. Creighton was all set for his third successive year dominating the colts competition, prior to being elevated to Reserve Grade. A couple of good showings and some time off the Premier Grade bench, it wasn't long before Creighton forced his way into the Premier Grade starting side, debuting with 2 tries against Bond at Crosby Park.
A booming left boot and wicked attacking ability, Creighton's game seemingly continues to go from strength to strength. Previously overlooked by the Reds Academy, you'd be forgiven for thinking they might have got that one wrong.
Fred Fewtrell - Easts Rugby Club
You reckon young Fred Fewtrell would be learning a thing or two this year playing alongside the likes of Ben Mowen and Michael Gunn? Fewtrell has seemingly established himself in the Easts starting side, making great contributions week in, week out.
A product of Churchie, Fewtrell was selected in the initial junior Wallabies squad in 2020 before COVID put an end to all of that. There will always be a home for a man with the height and game of Fred Fewtrell - big things to come!
Lukas Ripley - Souths Rugby Club
Fresh off of a dominant 2019 season with BBC, Lukas Ripley has quickly worked his way on to the left wing for Todd Dammers and Souths Premier Grade. Less than a year ago, Ripley ran out for the QLD 18's side against the Waratahs 18's, his centre partner that day was Josh Flook. Not a bad pairing!
Ripley getting exposure on the Premier Grade field this year will no doubt do wonders for his confidence, but look to see him push into the centres at some point this year or next.
Nathan Carroll - Brothers Rugby Club
The former Toowoomba product had all but given up his rugby union dream just 12 months ago, preferring to chase a career in cricket. 1 year on, he's seen the light and Carroll has a renewed love for rugby and similarly to his teammate, Hudson Creighton, has worked his way up the congested Brothers pecking order to be starting on the Premier Grade wing.
If anyone has seen this bloke in counter attack, you'll know what I am talking about when I say he is a real talent. A previous Junior Wallabies and Reds Academy squad member, further honours beckon real soon.
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