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By ARU Media Unit
The 2012 Australian Schools tour squad today assembled at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence in Redfern as it prepares to tour Fiji and New Zealand over the coming weeks.
Injury has forced two changes to the 28-man squad since it was named in August, with Lolakai Foketi and Harry Rorke being replaced by Reece Hodge and Jack Cornelson, son of Wallaby great Greg Cornelson.
The touring squad will depart for Lautoka, Fiji this Wednesday 19 September and will meet the Fijian President’s XV on Saturday 21 September and Fijian Schools on Tuesday 25 September.
The side will then travel to New Zealand to face the New Zealand Barbarians on 29 September, Samoan Schools on 2 October and finally New Zealand Schools on 5 October.
Earlier this year Australian Schools defeated Tongan Schools 70-13, while Australia A Schools dispatched Tongan Schools 29-5.
Below you will find the Australian Schools Tour Squad for 2012 along with the key fixture details. You will also find attached the Australian Schools Tour Book with key tour details and player profiles.
Australian Schools Tour Squad 2012:
Brisbane Grammar School
St Ignatius’ College
Brisbane Boys’ College
The Kings School
Anglican Church Grammar Schools
Manly Selective High School
Rowville Secondary College
The Scots College
Brisbane State High
Alstoneville High School
St Edmunds College
St Augustine's College
Toowoomba Grammar School
Ipswich Grammar School
Farar Memorial AHS
St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill
St Mary Mackillop College
Roxburgh Park Secondary College
Canberra Grammar School
St Joseph's Nudgee College
St Ignatius' College
Brisbane Boys' College
Central Coast Grammar School
Knox Grammar School
Strength and conditioning
Australian Schools Tour Schedule 2012:
Fijian President’s XV
Prince Charles Park, Nadi – 3:30pm (FJT)
Churchill Stadium, Lautoka – 3:30pm (FJT)
New Zealand Barbarians
Sacred Heart College, Auckland – 12:45pm (NZST)
St. Paul’s Collegiate School, Hamilton – 2:30pm (NZST)
New Zealand Schools
Auckland Grammar, Auckland – 2:45pm (NZST)