Bond University Rugby Club

LEADERSHIP GROUP NAMED

24th February, 2015

CAM BRACEWELL CLUB CAPTAIN

CAM BRACEWELL 

A popular choice as Club Captain, Cam is a natural leader, on and off the field.  His father John played Test cricket for New Zealand in the Eighties and went on to coach his country, while Cam represented Canterbury as an underage cricketer.  But Rugby was his favourite sport and, on arriving in Australia as a 17 year old in 2005, he played for the Breakers Under 19s. At 26 he’s experienced the highs and lows of the game, playing for Queensland A and Qld Country in the NRC, but being out of the game for four years with a back/hamstring injury.  Now back to fitness, he’s a powerful flanker at 116kgs and 190cms.  

Cam feels that BURC should make the finals in 2015, given the talent and support at the club, and there’s no reason why we can’t win a premiership.  As he has his own business, “Functional Health”, Cam’s goals have changed.  He won’t be worried about personal representative selection – he just wants to see the club realize it’s potential.  Last year there were a few chinks in the BURC armour – this year there are no excuses for not succeeding. 

JOSH FUIMAONO

At 31 Josh has a wealth of experience but says he’s as keen as a Colt this season.   NZ-born, he came to Queensland as a schoolboy and began his football career playing Rugby League with Helensvale High.  But he preferred Rugby and his talent led to selection for the Reds Academy, where he first came under the coaching of Sean Hedger.

“We’re so lucky to have a coach of Sean’s calibre.  He’s done it all, amateur and professional, and if you want to know anything about the game, don’t be afraid to ask him.”

Josh, 1.90m and 115kgs, is quick for his size and won a spot in the Australian 7s alongside players like Adam Ashley-Cooper and Richard Brown. A specialist number 8, he played for the Breakers team that lost the 2003 Premier Grade GF to Canberra Vikings and in 2006 was one of a dozen Queenslanders who joined the inaugural Western Force.  Next stop was Japan where he played 2 seasons with Secom and another 4 with Toutai Kefu’s club, Kubota Spears. He credits his enthusiasm to the fact that Rugby in Japan is not as physical and he’s been injury-free.  After playing in the inaugural BURC season last year, he’s ready for an improved effort this season.

“We’re starting to be a club in the full sense of the word.  It’s a big change from the Breakers, much more professional in our approach.”  Josh won’t be satisfied with anything less than finals appearances for all grades for the BURC and, personally, he’s aiming for a spot in the NRC.

CALVIN MASSON

Born in Durban, Calvin is now a fully-fledged Queenslander and a valuable acquisition for BURC.  At 27, he’s a big, mobile back-rower who played for Sharks U21s and Vodacom Cup squad before coming to Queensland in 2006.  While playing two seasons with the Breakers, he met Dana and, after a time in South Africa, they married in 2012.  She convinced him that the Gold Coast was the place to be, so Calvin returned and played for BURC last season. He feels this year will be much better, thanks to the experience and professionalism of coach, Sean Hedger and his staff.  He knows that competition will be fierce for back row spots in Premier Grade, but that’s the best way to improve. A nagging groin injury has delayed Calvin’s start to the season but he can’t wait to get back onto the field.     

COLTS

PJ VAN DEN BERG

18 year old PJ was born in South Africa and his family speaks Afrikaans at home but, to chat with him, you would never know it.  He came to Australia at the age of four and went to The Southport School.   A solid 90kgs and 174cms, he’s a specialist number 7 who idolizes Michael Hooper and wants to be a professional Rugby player.   Tearing his syndesmosis – a ligament in his foot – led to surgery last December – so it’s been a slow and frustrating recovery in a “moon boot” for seven weeks.  However his nomination as a team leader at BURC is a tremendous boost and he can’t wait to get back on the field.   His goals this season are to make the finals and, personally, to win selection in the Queensland and Australian Under 20s.

RYAN NEWTON

A tight head prop, Ryan is in his second year with BURC.  105kgs and 173cms,  Bill Eddy switched him from loose to tight head last season and he loves it.   A former Rugby League player at Helensvale Hornets, he thinks the variety makes Rugby a better game.

“It’s much less structured and unpredictable.  In League you’re limited to six tackles but in Rugby you can have as many phases as you like.  But scrums are my favourite part of the game.  It’s a confrontation between you and your opponent and the man with the better technique and confidence wins.”

A gridiron defensive lineman with the Gold Coast Stingrays, Ryan is in his third year of club rugby.  He’s thrilled with his appointment to the leadership group and, although shy by nature, he sees it as an opportunity to improve himself.

“I want to be someone others can look up to, on or off the field.  If I do that well and we all pull together as a team, success will follow.”

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