The CCXV 2018 campaign got underway in early April in the prestigious surrounds of Royal Military College, Duntroon.
Nine teams competed in the annual ACT Veterans Fools Day rugby carnival and a wonderful Canberra day saw some great action.
A Golden God amongst Front Rowers, not least for his World Cup winning try against England in 1991, or his cut-off sleeve that had thousands of young Aussie rugger buggers slicing up their old jerseys in the late 80’s/early 90’s. Having scored four tries in his entire representative career, ‘Dales’ was solely responsible for the evolution of the modern ‘ball-playing prop’, despite rumours that he had to pay his fellow World Cup bookend Ewen McKenzie $100 AUD every time footage of ‘his’ World Cup try was televised.
Oft lauded as the Chopper Read of Australian Rugby, having spent more time in his career in the sinbin than on the paddock,
‘The Duke’ is pound for pound one of the rootin'-est, tootin'-est, gnarliest front rowers that Australia has ever produced.
A Wallabies tourist and foundation ACT Brumby, he has knocked over more people than Rohypnol and it might be surprising to know that he was once also described as “The Voice of His Generation” for his dulcet tones and sweet singing voice. It is widely believed that the vernacular Australian term, “Built like a Brick Sh*@house” was coined by Thomas Keneally upon his first meeting with The Duke.
There isn’t much that can be said about “Pappas” that has hasn’t already been stated in numerous Royal Commissions. A financial whizz-kid with his own financial company, he has been described as Goulburn’s answer to Dustin Hoffman, or more precisely, Dustin Hoffman’s character in ‘Rainman’.
A former front rower who has had a former front rowers body since the age of 14, Nick lives for these charity rugby days and the opportunity to tell new team-mates ‘just how good he was back in ‘93. Is surprisingly agile and is as quick ducking around the side of a ruck as he is ducking his mates at the bar when it’s his shout’.
Still living (and trading off locally) his glory days of the 90’s/early 00’s, with the Cooma Red Devil’s, ‘Nowlo’ will be looking to stamp his authority on the Fool’s Day Festival early, most likely at the Pub the night before. Despite the contradiction in terms, he is an aggressive Fullback, only surpassed in on-field fury by his wonderful wife, Leanne.
Renowned in his youth for out “Tigering” Tiger Woods on the 19th Hole at Murrumburrah Golf Club every Friday & Saturday night (and sometimes twice on a Sunday), ‘Sexy Rexy’, as he is known down at the Harden Bingo Hall, is now a quiet and devoted family man. A contented Harden local, Rex breaks out in cold sweats if he has to travel further out of town than Boorowa so Canberra is going to be a real challenge for him after having to be sedated for the entire CCXV weekend trip to Cooma last year. Funnily enough, no-one actually noticed.
A Scotsman of dubious origin, ‘Bill’ (as he is affectionately and humorously known) is somewhat of a Rugby schizophrenic - a passionate Scottish Rugby Supporter, married to a Kiwi and raising Wallaby fans. Famous for being tighter than a duck’s butt in a tsunami, his Rugby career ended on a sour note after he stated he was blindsided by one of his own forwards, took an FA Cup dive claiming a ruptured something below the knee and took himself off the field to hospital, all to avoid having to shout a round after the match.
Knowing more than any man should rightly know about living with adversity and poor personal hygiene, ‘Temple’ has breezed through his Rugby career, and life in general, with an uncanny ability to maintain an illusion of skill and expertise. Breaks down on the field more often than a second-hand Daewoo, however, this ‘Colossal Fossil’ has a ticker the size of Phar Lap (thanks to the wonderful Surgeons at RPA) and a wardrobe full of ‘Going Out Shorts’ to match. Should change his nick-name from ‘Temple’ to ‘Luna Park’ based on how he treats his body.
A Landscaper by trade, known in his youth to be a superior Grass-Cutter, but more so as brother of legendary Cooma Prop, James Quodling, ‘Bloggs’ is one of the many Cooma Rugby Old Boys still living in the year 2000 and trading off their Premierships. Is known to offer old Rugby war stories of how good a player he was for a free schooner down at The Alpine Hotel most Saturday afternoons.
There is a lot that can be said about this rum-swilling Rugby Nomad however very little that is fitting to print. A former Territory Proppa and Bush Rat with the most appropriate nick-name in the squad, ‘Rug’ will arrive in Canberra fresh from his 408th Rugby Tour with the Mighty Bush Turkeyz and will be keen to use this weekend to sober up before he heads home to the Western Plains and his outback flower arranging business.
A powerful, straight running fly-half in his day, ‘Quados’ has spent the last 35 years resisting the urge to punt and hand-pass the ball due to his Aussie Rules past. Despite the CCXV Board’s concerns, he has been invited back, primarily due to him being a superior player to, and better looking than, his brother and former CCXV utility, Leigh.
Hailing from the Welsh island town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and holding a degree in Welsh Phonology, this naturalised Australian with a fake British accent is known as an intrepid adventurer, with a number of Sydney to Hobart races, Guinness Records (the book, not The Brewery) and Interpretive Dance Titles under his belt. Most recently, he made the papers and crossed an item off his Bucket List by invading another country, the Principality of Wy.
Col Le-Fleur is still working out how to articulate his insights re Peg.
One of our 2017 Sponsors, ‘Kristian’ (as he prefers to be known) was locked in to play for the CCXV in Cooma last year but pulled out with one of Rugby’s most notorious dummy-spits after Nick Fife was promoted to starting half-back before himself and Nick Farr-Jones. Hailing from Karachi on the sub-continent and starting his Rugby career quite late, he has racked up a surprising number of Rugby Clubs and milestones, including back to back Grand Final wins for the Junee Rams. As a Rugby Player and Half-back, he has great hair.
‘Veg’ or ‘Wookie’ is somewhat of an enigma in the Monaro Region. Claims that he once played First Grade Prop for the Cooma Red Devils, despite looking like a 4th Grade Women’s soccer player and Cooma Rugby refusing to acknowledge any affiliation with him whatsoever. Had to move to Canberra after showing up at The Australian Hotel with blonde tips.
Please note that since this document was provided, there has been an update. Defence have now opened the Royal Military College fields after maintenance and the games will now be held on Portsea oval and Kapyong oval in Duntroon.
Final schedule yet to be released, but we will publish here and on Facebook once we know.