Irish Ready for National TRL

A team of Australian based Irish players will take on the best of the TRL (Touch Rugby League) in Redcliffe, Queensland on grand final weekend (29th Sep-1st Oct). The entry into this competition is designed to kick start RLI Australia activity in the state. The Squad itself features a fantastic mix of talented individuals with an array of representative experience in Australia and Ireland. The competition format is 6 aside, 20 minute games of Touch Rugby League, a ruleset of touch closer to the rules of Rugby League, the team will compete with teams from all over Australia.

Stefan Ziesolleck, CEO for TRL Australia, said “We are extremely excited to welcome Queensland Irish as an International Team in the 2017 TRL Australian Championships. They will compete against the very best TRL talent from across the country, with teams travelling from as far north as Townsville and as far south as Melbourne. Over 50 teams are expected to attend the event and the Irish entry is a testament to our ongoing reach and international interest in the sport. We look forward to working with RLI-Australia more in the future.”

Team manager Declan Foy said “This is the start of something fantastic here in Queensland, the response to the call out looking for players was phenomenal and the lads who stood up to take part recognized the importance of occasion and are very keen to do their best for their country and heritage”

Squad Profiles Below :

2017-08-05-12_16_01-usa-vs-ireland-rugby-league-full-match-1996-youtubeGavin Baker
Position : Centre/Wing
Honours : Former Bangor Viking, Student and Full Irish International, playing against the USA at RFK Stadium in 1996.
Province : Ulster


Chris Moriarty
Position : Halfback/Centre
Honours : Norths Devils and Arana Hills under age, Redcliffe Dolphins A grade, Albany Creek Gaters Premier Grade and Norths Rugby Premier Reserves. Province : Leinster


Jake Rowles 

Positions: Fullback/Centre
Honours: Souths Logan rep, SEQ rugby league representative.
Province : Munster

 Ben Meredith 
Position: Full Back/Centre
Honours: SEQ rugby league representative, Broncos Development Academy , Wynnum Manly representative. Beenleigh TRL representative 4 years. Province : Munster

Tristan Furniss 

Position: Wing/Centre
Honours: NTRA  for Queensland and Australia for 9 years.
Born and raised in Australia. 27 years old. Heritage: Grandfather born and raised in Belfast. Province : Ulster

Ke20645616_10159057061390621_636419871_nelan O’Reilly
Positions: Wing/Centre
Honours:  Carina RL and TRL for two seasons, also a grand final winning Gaelic Footballer. Heritage : Born and raised in Brisbane, great grandfather emigrated from County Meath to Queensland. Great uncle Bob played league for Parra, NSW and Australia. Province : Leinster


Jarade McFillin
Position : Stand-Off/Dummy Half
Honours : Brisbane 2nd div rep, oztag rep teams,
Heritage : born in Brisbane,  great grand father from Ireland before migrating to England then Australia. Province : Leinster


Angus McFillin
Position : Hooker/Half back
Honours: U18’s WA State touch squad, U15’s WA State squad. South Perth Lions Reserve grade squad 2017. Heritage: Born on the Gold Coast, great grand father from Ireland before migrating to England then Australia. Province : Leinster

228774_10150598960220621_5758268_nDec Foy
Position : Hooker/Half back
Honours: Former Kerry King,  Ireland A, Ireland Students, and full Irish international.
Province : Munster

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