IGS boys live Aussie dream
By MICHAEL HILLIER SOUTH African-born centre Brett Gillespie will wear Australia's green and gold colours with pride when he represents the national schoolboys team.
The Ipswich Grammar School (IGS) First XV skipper was selected in the Australian squad after helping Queensland reach the final of the national championships in Canberra. IGS students Langi Setu and Daniel Linde will join Gillespie in an Australian schoolboys team that plays domestic Tests against Japan, Samoa and New Zealand from next month.
The talented IGS trio are also front-runners to make the Australian tour to the UK later this year.
Gillespie, 17, is excited about the opportunity. Having moved to Australia from Johannesburg eight years ago, Gillespie said he was now an "Aussie''.
"I support them (Australia) in the Tri-Nations and everything ... South Africa aren't going too well,'' Gillespie said. "I go for the Aussies now.''
Gillespie's goal is to play in the Super 14 for the Queensland Reds.
"I'm looking at playing that in a few years, fingers crossed,'' he said.
"I'd definitely like to see how far I can go with it.'' Aggressive flanker Setu is also chasing a professional sporting career.
Setu, who has shown tremendous promise in both rugby union and rugby league, is undecided about which code he will pursue after school.
"I haven't decided on that but I just want to get into the pros and play footy,'' Setu said.
The IGS trio were standouts for Queensland at the national championships.