2019 Staff
Richard Skellern, Head Coach
Allard Francis, Assistant Coach
Chris McGregor, Assistant Coach
Jonathan Andreou, Manager

2019 Athletes
Elijah Alai Lokeni
Ma’ata Alai Lokeni
Sarah Allen
Sidonie Carroll
Sarah Deaner
Bryn Francis
Ben Graham
Mack Hamilton
Noah Hargreaves
Myles Harland
Clare Harpley
Harry Hayes
Rhylee Lemon
Beyonce Marela
Josh McGregor
Nate McGregor
Matt Parisotto
Patrick Prest
Bernard Ricketts
Dana Seward
Olivah Smyth
Simon Star
Aisea TaupeaMuhu
Mark Tiuru
Samuel Trood
Luke Tudulu
Waisea Tudulu

Southern Sports Academy athletes come together at least twice a month to receive the best and most professional coaching available in the area.

The 10 month program will provide coaching, training, and athletic development to improve athletes with a view to:

  • Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into Brumbies Representative Teams;
  • Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any Brumbies Team is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways;
  • Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in rugby competition nationwide

In addition to the quality coaching, all scholarship holders in the Academy are also exposed to a range of workshops from our specialist consultants including workshops relating to Sports Psychology, Nutrition, Recovery, Athletic Development as well as receiving Strength and Conditioning training that is specific to their sport.

The Academy will also deliver an Induction and Leadership weekend which is a compulsory event for all athletes of the Academy.

To be eligible for the Academy Rugby Program, athletes must be born between 2001-2004 inclusive (Aged 15 to 18 in 2019) and residing or schooling within the SSA catchment area.

  • Specialised coaching session with SSA and Brumbies coaching staff
  • Induction and Leadership camp/Rugby specific session (Friday 23rd– Saturday 24th November – Borambola)
  • U16’s – Your Local Club Academy Games – Hunter (travel and Accommodation)
  • Program clothing apparel (ordered separately online)
  • Muscular Skeletal Screening and Athletic Development programming
  • Professional development consultation sessions
  • Gym membership
  • Preferred rate on consultation services provided by Active Physiotherapy
  • Privileged pricing on Puma online store purchases
  • Annual presentation evening – 25th October 2019 (sit down dinner).

A program levy will be applicable to successful athletes.  Also an athlete uniform ordered though our online clothing supplier Puma is required for new athletes.

Athlete levies are subsidised by minimum $100 worth or raffle ticket sales by athletes, this program is also eligible for the NSW Government Active Kids $100 voucher rebate.

* Scholarships are not in the form of a monetary sum but enable the athlete to participate in Academy development programs at a greatly reduced rate.