IGS duo share in World Cup success
A FRIENDSHIP underpinned by a love for rugby reached new heights for Daniel Linde and Brett Gillespie when the Ipswich Grammar School old boys helped Australia to under 19 World Cup glory. Lock Linde and centre Gillespie played key roles in the 17-13 final win over New Zealand, with Linde??s contribution including a try. The pair had previously represented the Australian Schoolboys, but nothing could compare to the Dubai adventure that culminated with World Cup winners medals last week. ??It was the trip of a lifetime,???? said Gillespie, who was delighted to share the experience with his close buddy. ??Dan and I went to school together and when we started playing First XV footy together, we became good mates.???? The end of school couldn??t split the pair, who are studying the same exercise science tertiary course and playing for University??s colts side. But only 18-year-old Gillespie will have a shot at further under 19 success next year in Belfast, with Linde being too old to be considered for Australia??s defence of its ?ocrown. However, Linde has national under 21 selection in his sights and plans to expand his versatility by spending time at No.8 and flanker. ??I want to work on a few different positions, because you never know where you are going to end up,???? the big forward said. The grandson of Ipswich rugby league great Harry Linde is determined to succeed at rugby, having given up a promising career in the pool. ??Last year when I was available for (swimming??s) junior Pan Pacs, it collided with the schoolboys (rugby) tour, so I had to sit down and make a pretty big decision which way I was going to go,???? Linde said. ??I feel I??ve made the right decision.???? But it??s perhaps Gillespie who has a better chance of gaining a Super 14 contract, with Australian under 19 coach Phil Mooney this week telling the QT the back was destined for higher honours at senior level. Gillespie, a Reds Academy member, is reaping the benefits of full-time training. ??That??s been a good experience for me, being put in that professional environment and developing as a player,???? he said.