The VRSU players have contributed to the Australian rugby talent over many years both at Australian Schools Rugby Union (ASRU) rep level and as alumni as senior rugby players at Super Rugby, Australia Sevens and Wallaby selections.
Notable Players Bio
Text in brackets denotes VSRU school attended and year finished.
Jordan Uelese (St Kevin’s College, 2016) plays for the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby. He has been capped for the Australian national team. His usual position is hooker. Uelese attended St. Kevin’s College where he played number eight. After school be switched to hooker, the position he played for the Rebels Under-20 side in the National Championships. Uelese was selected for the Australia U20 team two years, playing at the World Rugby Championships in Manchester in 2016 and in Georgia in 2017. Uelese made his Super Rugby debut in the opening round of the 2017 season against the Blues, becoming the third ‘home-grown’ player for the Rebels. In September 2017 he made his debut for Australia against the Springboks in a 23–23 draw at nib Stadium in Perth.
Ferett Sa’aga (Melbourne Grammar School, 2003) played 25 games for the Rebels. He is a cousin of Scott Sio Brumbies and Wallabies.
Jack De Guingand (St Kevin’s College, 2008) has a unique rugby record winning 1st grade premierships in the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane premier grade competitions. With the Rebels not yet entrenched in Melbourne, Jack move to Sydney. Studying Medical Science at Sydney University, de Guingand balanced his time in the library with time on the pitch with the oldest rugby club in Australia. With his degree behind him, the flanker returned to Melbourne in 2013 and helped guide Harlequins to their first Dewar Shield in over ten years. Before long though de Guingand’s studies saw him again head north to Brisbane where he would study Medicine at the University of Queensland (UQ). Rugby success followed de Guingand with a first-grade premierships with UQ in both 2014 and 2017.
Tala Gray (St Kevin’s College, 2007) currently plays as a loose forward for the Stade Francais (France) in Top 14 after a couple of games for Waratahs in Super Rugby. Gray was a member of both the Brumbies and
Waratahs academies and played 2 seasons of Shute Shield rugby for Easts before heading to France to join Top 14 side Biarritz in 2011. There he was a winner of the Amlin Challenge Cup and his performances caught the eye of his future coach Michael Cheika who signed him up for Waratahs ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season. Gray was a member of the Australia Under 20 side that competed in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship and has also represented the Australia Sevens team.
Tamaiti Horua (St Kevin’s College 1999) captained the Australian U20 side in his second with the team 2002-03 before being slected for Australian A also for two seasons. Tamaiti played 11 seasons of professional rugby including Super Rugby, Heineken League Europe and Japan. Brumbies (1999 – 2004), Toyota MC (2005-06), Western Force (2007-08) and Ulster (2010).
David Fitter (Scotch, 1998) played for the Melbourne Rugby Club, Western Force, Brumbies, Wallabies and London Irish. David was born and raised in Melbourne at Scotch College, nursery of fellow Australian prop forwards Ewen McKenzie, Richard Harry and Andrew Heath. In June 2003, he joined the Australia ‘A’ squad playing Japan at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo. After retiring from rugby he returned to school at Melbourne University to study biomedicine and then postgraduate medicine.
Andrew Heath (Scotch, 1987) Andrew Heath was a Victorian-born tight head prop who proudly represented Australia in the early years of professional rugby. A strong and technically proficient scrummager, Heath was a graduate of Melbourne’s Scotch College. Heath represented Victoria on 12 occasions before he chose to move to Sydney and join the Eastern Suburbs club in order to progress his national ambitions. In 1993, Heath made his debut for NSW against the ACT in Canberra however his big break did not arrive until 1996 when incumbent No.3 Ewen McKenzie broke a bone in his leg late in the second Test win against Wales. As a consequence Heath was called up to make his Test debut against Canada in Brisbane. Andrew Heath played eight tests for Australia in his two-year international career.
Mark L’Hillier (St Kevin’s College, 1988) represented USA Eagles 1998-99 including the 1999 RWC (UK and Ireland), played against South Africa, England, England A, Wales, Western Samoa, French Barbarians and the Wallabies.
Ewan McKenzie (Scotch, 1983) is an Australian professional rugby union coach and a former international rugby player. He played for Australia’s World Cup winning team in 1991 and earned 51 caps for the Wallabies during his test career. McKenzie was head coach of the Australian team from 2013 to 2014. He has coached in both southern and northern hemispheres, in super Rugby for the Waratahs and Reds, and in France at Top 14 side Stade Francais. During his playing days he was a prop and, in a representative career spanning from 1987 to 1997, he played nine seasons for the NSW Waratahs and two for the ACT Brumbies.