The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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On the 21st of August the English U/18 Academy team took on the might of the Australian Schoolboy?s side, a rarely challenged international team which was selected on the individual performances of players at the Australian Secondary School championships; a competition where Singapore National Coach, Tony Ashton was in charge of the Victorian State team.
The venue for the historic match was St.Mary?s Western Weekender Stadium. England was coming off the back of a drawn series in New Zealand and could call upon a recent whitewash of the Australians in 2002 as inspiration.
England started the game off in fine fashion, going into a commanding 12-0 lead after 10 minutes of play. The Aussies fought back and went into the break 18-12 in front. The 2nd half started like the first with England scoring 2 quick tries to take back the lead to 24 - 18. The England team potted a field goal in the 55th minute to go to a 25-18 lead. Australia hit back with another try to take the scores to 25-24. England later sealed the game with 2 late tries to win the match 33-24 in there first ever win against the Australians on Australian soil.