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Schoolboys turned Rugby League Stars

Schoolboys turned Rugby League Stars

Ahead of the upcoming Test series between England Academy and Australian Schoolboys, which are exclusively live on Our League, we take a look back at some of the players who featured in previous meetings and have gone on to have a great career.

Greg Inglis (2004)

One of the world’s best centres, Inglis toured Europe in 2004 with the Australian Schoolboys.

He played games against French Schools, winning 50-20, a BARLA XIII, winning 62-12, with the sole defeat on the tour coming against the English Schoolboys, with the hosts winning 33-24. 

He broke into first grade football a year later, and has since won the Golden Boot in 2009, captained Queensland in Origin, won Grand Finals in 2007 & 2009, and won a World Club Challenge in 2010.

Ashton Sims (2002)

A familiar face in the Northern Hemisphere, Ashton Sims toured Europe 16 years ago with the Australian Schoolboys, playing twice against French Schools, a three-times against BARLA XIII, twice against England Academy and once against England students. 

The team also featured future Challenge Cup winner Ryan Hoffman and former Bradford man Heath L’Estrange. 

Sims went on to represent Fiji at full-international level, who reached the Semi-Finals for the first time in 2008, and represented St George, Brisbane, North Queensland, Warrington and Toronto in his playing career.

Jackson Hastings (2013)

Salford star Jackson Hastings toured New Zealand with the Schoolboys in 2013, featuring in a series draw, winning a game against New Zealand Residents 38-28 after defeat in the first game, 18-20. 

Hastings debuted a year later for Sydney Roosters, making 34 appearances before a two-year stint at Manly Sea Eagles. He transformed the Salford side in 2018 after transferring from Manly and scored 5 tries in 6 games for the Red Devils. 

John Bateman (2012)

John Bateman has established himself as one of the games top back-rowers in the 2018 season, culminating with his nomination for Man of Steel and his transfer to Canberra Raiders in 2019. 

He toured Australia with the England Schoolboys in 2012, in a team featuring future Wigan teammates, Joe Burgess & Ryan Sutton. England were beaten in both games in a team that featured Wakefield Trinity forward Pauli Pauli. 

George Williams (2012)

The creative fulcrum of the England team found his feet alongside the aforementioned Bateman in the 2012 tour, touring Australia and completing a two-game test series.  

Williams has since gone on to win a Grand Final with Wigan and has since made the step up to the full England team, appearing in the 2015 New Zealand test series, the 2016 Four Nations, 2017 Rugby League World Cup and the recent three match series against the Kiwis.

Oliver Gildart (2014)

Oliver Gildart was selected alongside London Broncos’ Jordan Abdull and Warrington Wolves’ Toby King for the 2014 two-game series against the Australian Schoolboys, lining up against NRL winner Latrell Mitchell.

Gildart has since gone onto make his full debut for the England side, and scored one of the most memorable international tries of recent times in the first test against New Zealand in 2018.