28th June, 2018
Premier Grade front-rower, Will Slipper joined an exclusive list of players last weekend when he lined up for his 100th cap for the Bond University Rugby Club in their 22-17 win against Easts.
The 26-year-old was excited and embraced his milestone to reflect on the memories made at the club dating back to the Breakers’ days.
“It was interesting to me, it was a milestone in the way it brought back a lot of memories,” he said.
“It was an exciting week, and it was good to play against Easts, we always have a tough game against them, so it was enjoyable.”
‘Slips’ began his rugby journey playing Walla Rugby at the age of 7 for Matthew Flinders on the Sunshine Coast, before coming to the Gold Coast where he linked up with Bond Pirates in u10s and then played school rugby for The Southport School.
“He found the passion as a young fella in under 7s,” Will’s father, Rob Slipper recalled.
“He always played rugby in the backyard with his brothers. He enjoyed that competition and striving to be successful.”
Will’s talent saw him get selected for the Queensland Schoolboys side in 2009 and 2010, though his proudest representative honour was his inclusion in the Queensland Country team in 2014.
“It was pretty cool, I suppose my head wasn’t all there to make it at the time so when I did get selected it was pretty overwhelming and I’d love to make it again.”
Looking at his build it is hard to imagine the burly front-rower playing any other position, however he came to the Breakers as the best number 8 in the state in his age group before making the transition to prop.
“There was a lack of props, I sort of got forced,” he laughed.
“There is no other position like prop, it’s the only position on the field where, in a team sport, you only got one-on-one battles.”
The transition has not all been a piece of cake, Will recalled one demoralising experience in a wet match against Wallaby Greg Holmes, who he deems as one of the most technical scrummagers in Australian rugby.
“I remember playing against Holmesy and we’ve packed down in the scrum and I am absolutely s**ting myself, next minute we’re scrumming I got absolute ice skates going backwards and he is trying to coach me on the way,” he said.
“The transition has been challenging, it’s been rewarding and fun, but it’s been tough.”
The definition of a club stalwart, Will has continued to give great service to the club on and off the field throughout the last seven years using it as a hobby to break away from his full-time work as a carpenter.
“At the end of the day, working a full-time job, it breaks your week up just coming down having a run with the boys, having a laugh and also I just chasing a run to the finals,” he said.”
Will’s parents, Debbie and Rob, who have missed only a handful of their son’s several hundred games of rugby throughout his lifetime, wrapped together their own personal tribute.
“Will, it’s an absolute pleasure for your Mum and I and your brothers to be involved with you. We are so proud of you as a son and a member,” they said.
On behalf of Bond University Rugby Club, we congratulate Will on his tremendous achievement and wish there will be many more milestones to come.
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