Colts building momentum in 2018

Brumbies Defence Coach, Peter Ryan coaching the Colts squad during pre-season.

The Wests Rugby Colts program is building momentum and a quiet level of confidence is growing inside the young Lions squad, weeks ahead of the season kick off on 14th April.

Head Coach, Charlie Eichholzer, who was a member of the last Wests Colts team to taste premiership success in the undefeated squad of 2005, is leaving no stone unturned in his bid for success and creating a culture of comradery and mateship along the way.

“The commitment that has been shown so far by the Colts players in pre-season is really promising and I’m looking forward to seeing what the season will bring, ” said Eichholzer.

“There is some serious young talent in our squad and I’m sure they will only continue to improve and hone their skills as the season progresses.”

Some of the newcomers to the team include Local Belconnen up and comer, Tauati Chan-Tung (Big ‘T’) who has spent the last two seasons in the ACT Schoolboys squad, including being a part of the winning national title team in 2017. While promising young recruit, Allan ‘The Samoan Bulldozer’ Wratten has joined the squad following a successful campaign in the Queensland II Schoolboys team, amongst many others who are preparing for their first trial on 17 March in Albury.

Tauati is looking to continue his winning ways in 2018 and the front rower has been training hard and looking forward to the season commencing, “the pre-season has been really positive, coaching has been excellent and I can’t wait for the first game to kick off.”

Wratten, an athletic backrower, came down to Wests recognising the culture and quality of the rugby program and wanted to test himself against the best. “The whole experience has been great so far. Coaching has been great, but to have received specialist coaching from Stephen Larkham, Peter Kimlin, Laurie Fisher, and Pat McCabe, I can feel my game and the teams skills improving already” Wratten added.

Wests are still looking for any more Colts players who would love to join the squad. The club has also invested in the Colts setup by offering a registration fee of $50 to play for the year.

The Wests Colts side will be looking to start the season strong with their first game at the Feeding Grounds (Jamison Oval) on 14 April 2018 against Easts, which is also Wests Old Boys day.

Allan Wratten

Position: Back-row

- 2017 Queensland School Boys II

Tauati Chan-Tung​

Position: Prop

- 2016 & 2017 ACT School Boys

- 2015 u17 Junior Gold Cup (Winners)

- NSW u16 2014 (National Championship)