The NSW Combined Catholic Colleges team made history recently when they won their first under-16s rugby union title.
Leading the way for the NSW CCC team at the All Schools Championships was Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield student Sione Taufui.
The 16-year-old was co-captain of the team that defeated the Independent Schools Association, the Combined Association Schools and the Combined High Schools teams on their way to the title.
“It was good to be part of the team that won the first title,” Taufui said.
“We won the final by one point against NSW CHS by one point. It was a very tight game.”
The Smithfield resident was selected in the NSW schoolboys second team as a result of his strong showing at the championships.
It continues on his strong form on the rugby field this year where he is was part of the undefeated Eastern Suburbs under-16s team who won the State Championships recently against Manly 43-12. The talented athlete is equally at home in the back and forwards and plays inside centre for his club team.
“I really enjoy the game of rugby and how it continuously flows,” he said.
When the year 11 student is not playing rugby union, he is playing rugby league and is part of the school’s first team and played for St George in this year’s Harold Matthews Cup.
School principal Peter Wade said the year 11 student is a “true ambassador” for the College.
“Not only a fine rugby player but a gentleman,” he said.