Today's Australian Schoolboys are tomorrow's aspiring professionals, which is why RUPA is proud to be on board as Major Partner of the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union (ASRU), having extended the agreement in 2016.
ASRU is the national body for Schoolboy Rugby Union in Australia, organising the annual Australian Schoolboys team, tours and National Schoolboys Championships, where RUPA present to all of the players about things including agents, social media and pathways towards professional Rugby careers.
The annual RUPA Medal is also awarded to the Player of the Final at the Championships; in 2016, this was awarded to Liam Rasch of Trinity Grammar, who represented NSW II as they defeated NSW I 22-5 in the Final.
Click here to see the 2016 Australian Schoolboys team.
Click here to see the 2016 Australian Schools Barbarians team.
RUPA also provides two scholarships of $2,000 to players selected in the Australian Schoolboys or Australian Schools Barbarians side each year, to support those players and their families with their next year of study or assist with financial hardship.
There are currently 32 Wallabies playing Super Rugby who featured in the Australian Schoolboys program, from RUPA President Benn Robinson (2002) to Sean McMahon (2011), as well as plenty more capped Wallaby graduates playing overseas.
Since ASRU first toured South Africa in 1969, over 170 schoolboys have gone on to represent the Wallabies with countless more playing in both the Super Rugby competition and overseas since the game turned professional in 1995.
Click here to see the full list of Australian Schoolboys representatives who have later become Senior Internationals.