Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart’s son, Jed, wins Aussie Sevens | The Canberra Times

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Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart began his career with the Wallabies. Now his son Jed has a chance to start his with the Aussie Sevens. Both Jed Stuart and Corey Toole will travel to Sydney on Sunday to join the Australian Seven program for an opportunity that not only opens the door to travel to Dubai – but also to next year’s Community Games and the Paris Olympics as well. Toole was impressed to play for the Oceania Barbarians at the Oceania Sevens Championship in Townsville in June and it is believed he already looks likely to be part of a team for the two rounds of the Dubai Sevens on 26-27 November and December 3-4. Stuart caught the attention of the seven-man program initially with some tests he did at the AIS before he helped the Olympics squad prepare for this year’s Tokyo Games. Now he has won a week-long trial with a ticket to Dubai hanging at the end of it. The pair played in the John I Dent Cup this year, for Gungahlin Eagles and Queanbeyan Whites respectively, with Toole the leading test scorer in the competition. They both go through the ACT Brumbies’ programs, with Toole on an elite development team contract and Stuart working with his Academy. Their seven calls could launch their careers with the Birmingham Games and the 2024 Olympics on the horizon. Stuart’s father famously toured with the Wallabies before signing with the Green Machine to begin a brilliant career as a first player and later coach. Now he has the opportunity to make his own way through rugby seventh. Stuart admitted he had struggled to think of anything else since receiving the call. “Ever since they texted and said we had a chance, that hasn’t left my mind,” he said. “I tried to think of other things, but that was in the back of my mind like a tiny tattoo.” But it’s good. I’d rather have the chance and have them say no than not have the chance at all. “READ MORE: Toole is originally from Wagga Wagga, but came through the Brumbies system. Now he has two dreams to hunt – the 15th side with the Brumbies and the Sevens as well, Dubai would be his first trip abroad, let alone his first concert with the Aussie Sevens Toole is studying exercise physiology at university and finished his exams on Thursday – which he passed – just in time before having to go to Sydney to camp. ” I played in the Oceania tournament a few months ago. The coaches are eager to take me to Dubai, “Toole said.” I play some good club football in Canberra. “It’s pretty exciting. I’m pretty excited. I can’t wait.” I haven’t really been abroad. It’ll be good to get out of Canberra in particular – the winter has been pretty cold and it’s quite hot there. “Stuart has a pretty handy dad to support himself when it comes to advice, and Ricky lets him choose his own path. The 20-year-old played both rugby codes as a kid , he picked up rugby in his later years at St Edmund’s College. He does carpentry apprenticeship and fits his rugby around that. “He’s really helpful. He never insisted on what we do, “Stuart said.” He says, “Play a sport, do whatever you want.” He is proud of us all. [My brother] Jack with his union, [my sister] Emma is doing very well with her house and obviously he is proud of me for the opportunity to go do that. “He’s very helpful – not as crazy as everyone thinks he is.” Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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