AIC Rugby Trials

The Rugby and Football trials continue this week. We ask all boys from Year 5-12 to ensure that they are aware of the trial schedule posted below. All boys must make sure that they have the correct gear for their sessions (boots, water bottle, shorts, socks etc). Boys playing rugby will need to have their mouth guard and a suitable shirt/jersey that they can train in.

All Year 5&6 age groups will trial at Little Langlands. All Year 7-12 age groups will trial at Villanova Park.

Rugby Trial Schedule – Year 5-12


Tuesday 11 August Thursday 13 August
6:45am – 8:00am Year 6 Year 5
3:15pm-4:30pm Year 5 Year 6

VILLA PARK (Year 7 – Opens)

Tuesday 11 August Thursday 13 August
3:45pm -5:00pm All Rugby teams Year 7 to Open All Rugby teams Year 7 to Open

Please note that there will be a bus departing from the front of the College directly after school at 3:05pm sharp for training sessions at Villa Park. There is no return bus service from Villa Park. Parents are asked to collect their son from training at 5:00/15pm. Due to current covid restrictions ALL parents are to remain in their vehicles.

AIC Rugby and Football Trials v St Patricks – Friday 14 August

A full schedule of games to be played v St Patrick’s College next Friday 14 August is now posted within the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section. Team lists will be posted on Wednesday 12 August. All boys who are keen to make a rugby or football team across the College must attend these trials. Given we have advertised this date well in advance, we are hoping families will attend the trials before enjoying the long weekend.

Spectators – Only 2 parents/guardians per player will be permitted to spectate during the AIC Rugby & Football season. Please read further details found within the AIC Press Release attached for more information pertaining to the restrictions in placeAIC Statement August 10 2020

Rugby Season Schedule – 2020

The list below contains the complete ‘Year 5-12 Rugby Union Sign-on List’ for those wishing to participate in Rugby Union in Term 3. All data was retrieved from the online sign-on process. Please check that your name appears. If you would like your name removed or added, please contact the Sports Office –

All those wishing to play Rugby Union will be accommodated. No one will miss out.

Rugby Union team lists 







AIC Rugby and Football Season Dates (subject to change based on government health advice)

  • Internal Trial – Every age group will have one trial session held either in Week 3 or 4 in Term 3 at Little Langland’s (timetabled around basketball and tennis training as much as possible)
  • Official Trial Week – 10 -13 August
  • Full School Rugby Trial – Friday 14 August v St Patrick’s College (long weekend. please keep date free)
  • Round 1 – Saturday 22 August
  • Round 2 – Saturday 29 August
  • Round 3 – Saturday 5 September
  • Round 4 – Saturday 12 September

Please go to the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section to view all game times and venues. General information pertaining to all sports is found in the ‘Locker Room’.

Rugby Union is open to all students at Villanova College during Term 2, with preseason trials and training held towards the end of Term 1 after the cricket, AFL and volleyball seasons. Our 1st XV and development squads commence training even earlier.

Coaches consist of Villanova staff, parents and Old Boys. A number of highly qualified and experienced specialty coaches are also sourced from outside the Villanova community to provide specialised training for our players.

All rugby training for the Year 5 and 6 teams is conducted at Little Langlands Park, which is located across the road from Villanova College. All teams from Year 7 to 12 train twice weekly after school at Villanova Park. The AIC Rugby Union season generally consists of seven regular games with at least two trial games.

All AIC games are played on Saturdays, with home matches held at the Villanova Park playing fields in Tingalpa. The rugby uniform consists of the Villanova rugby jersey, the Villanova rugby shorts, the green and gold hooped socks, rugby boots and a mouthguard, which is compulsory. Headgear is optional. All items of clothing are available for purchase from the Uniform Shop.

Each year, Villanova’s top rugby players are invited to partake in an exclusive rugby development program, which includes advanced strength, conditioning and skills sessions. The Andrew Slack Squad (1st XV) and Ben Mowen Squad (development squad), named after two former Villanova students and Wallabies players, form part of a pathway program for those wishing to play 1st XV rugby for the College.

Every second year, the College organises a rugby tour to New Zealand for members of the Andrew Slack and Ben Mowen squads. Every alternate year, the players travel to Sydney to compete against our brother school, St Augustine’s College.

Rugby at Villanova is supported by an active group of parents who assist primarily with the canteen at home games and with organising the yearly tour.

During the season, additional information such as training times, team lists, coaching staff, schedules and results are available on the College website.

Andrew Slack Squad

Andrew Slack commenced school at Villanova in Year 4 in 1964 and continued through to Year 12 in 1972 when he was elected College Captain. During his time at Villanova he represented the College in cricket, rugby and swimming.

Andrew’s sporting achievements in his final year at Villanova include:

  • Captain of the 1st XI cricket team, which finished the season undefeated, only to come second in the premiership due to a points scoring system at the time
  • Member of the 1st XV rugby team
  • Member of the Open TAS swimming team, as well as Villanova’s U17 College Swimming Champion

After leaving school, Andrew pursued his love of rugby and by the time he retired from playing, he had established an outstanding legacy on the national and international rugby field:

  • 133 caps for the Queensland Reds and 87 caps for the Qantas Wallabies
  • Captain of Australia on 34 occasions and is still the most-capped center to have ever played for Queensland

Andrew no doubt has his own special memories and highlights from such an illustrious rugby career. However, there are some highlights from Andrew’s playing days that will forever be remembered by Wallabies supporters around Australia. These include:

  • Leading the Wallabies to its first-ever Grand Slam sweep over England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland during the 1984 tour
  • Leading the 1986 Wallabies to victory in New Zealand for the first time since 1949
  • Leading the 1987 Wallabies to the semifinal of the inaugural Rugby World Cup

In 2010, Andrew was honoured for his contribution and achievements in rugby with his induction into the Wallaby Hall of Fame.

Each year at Villanova, a number of coaches and other interested parties gather for a ‘selection meeting’ and choose 25-30 of Villanova’s highest performing 15, 16 and 17 year old rugby players for the subsequent year. These students are invited to form a squad to commence a rigorous preseason training program beginning the first week of Term 4 and continuing throughout Term 1 of the following year.

The program includes intense development of strength and conditioning, speed and agility, and rugby skills to prepare students for the challenging season ahead. This advanced physical and mental preparation is necessary for students to play rugby safely and competitively at such a high and demanding level.

It is an honour and privilege to be chosen as part of the Andrew Slack Squad, and it is expected that all members remain disciplined and committed to the rugby season from start to finish.

Always giving 100 per cent, Andrew demonstrated his sublime rugby skills with a genuine sense of Augustinian humility. It is hoped that all members of the Andrew Slack Squad will be inspired not simply by his achievements, but also his character to give their all on and off the rugby field.

Ben Mowen Squad

Ben Mowen graduated from Villanova College in 2002, showcasing exemplary rugby skills and a passion that has helped him already achieve so much in his rugby career.

During his time at Villanova, Ben was an all-round competitor in the sporting domain, representing the College in swimming, athletics and rugby. He starred in the 1st XV rugby team in 2000, 2001 and 2002, captaining the squad in his final year.

He was also a model student, becoming a Villanova School Prefect and being named House Captain in 2002. He has carried his community spirit with him since school, working with numerous charities including the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Highlights from Ben’s rugby career so far include:

  • Captain of the Australian U21 squad, which made the final of the 2005 World Cup in Argentina
  • First Super Rugby cap for the Queensland Reds in the 2006 Super 14 competition
  • Awarded the ‘Waratahs Medal’ in 2009 for his leadership on and off the field with the New South Wales Waratahs
  • Appointed captain of the ACT Brumbies in 2012 and finished the Super 15 season with 62 Super Rugby caps
  • Nominated as best Number 8 by ESPN Sports for the 2012 Super 15 season
  • Blindside flanker for the 2013 Wallaby team that played against the New Zealand All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions
  • Named Australian Wallaby Captain in October, 2013
  • Captained the Wallaby Spring Tour to Europe in 2013

Each year at Villanova, 30-40 talented rugby players who competed in the Year 8, 9 and 10 age groups are invited to join a development squad. It is expected that these players are strong probabilities to excel in the Year 8A, 9A, 10A and Opens rugby teams in the subsequent year, ultimately leading to positions in the Andrew Slack Squad and Villanova’s 1st XV team in the future.

This development squad, named the ‘Ben Mowen Squad’, participates in the exclusive preseason program, which commences the first week of Term 4 and continues throughout Term 1 the following year. This program includes advanced training in strength and conditioning, speed and agility, and rugby skills.

It is an honour and privilege to be part of the Ben Mowen Squad, named after a former Villanova student and current rugby player who always demonstrated a high level of discipline and commitment both on and off the rugby field.

It is expected that all members will follow Ben’s example by working hard and dedicating themselves to be the best possible teammates and representatives of the College.


Location: Foyer, Goold Hall

Phone: (07) 3394 5621


Mr Craig Stariha | Director of Sport

Mr Anthony Kemp | Acting AIC Sports Coordinator

Mr Chris Everding | AIC Sports Coordinator

Mr Todd Kropp | Sport Administration Assistant

Villanova Park