While he may be soaking it all up in the big smoke with the NSW Generation Blue’s under 19s squad, former St Stanislaus’ College rugby star Bo Abra has taken time to reflect on his country roots.
Speaking to NSW Waratahs media, Abra said he was also seeing massive improvement in his ability since joining the squad.
“I think the generation blue program is awesome,” he said.
“Personally, I’ve only been in training for six weeks and I’ve seen myself getting stronger, faster, quicker. Towards games, I think it’ll change those little aspects whether it be defensive or attacking.”
His junior career started off in Tamworth before moving to Bathurst to attend Stannies.
A member of the Stannies 1st XV, he captained his school to an undefeated campaign, in 2017, to win its first Independent Schools Association title in nine years.
He said his country roots helped developed the player that he is today.
“I grew up in Tamworth and played for the local club Tricolours since I could. At five-years-old I caught hold of a footy,” he said.
“At under 14s, 15s, I played NSW Country Cockatoos and went to Stannies after that.
“Probably my dad [inspired me to play rugby]. He didn’t personally play footy himself. My great grandfather played it. He was captain of the Kangaroos. He’s daughter, my nan, grew up with him being injured all the time and didn’t want her son to play footy all the time.
“I think he’s living his footy dream through me and I love it. All my mates were playing it at the time and I loved it, couldn’t leave it.
Paddy Ryan, a current prop for the Waratahs and former Wallaby, is another player for Abra’s hometown.
It is one player Abra would like to replicate.
“I’d love to follow in his steps,” he said.
“We actually know each other. He being a prop, he played for the Tamworth Pirates and I played for the Tamworth Priates.
“I went to the New England rugby camp in Armidale for six years as a player and one year as a coach. Every year I went, he came as a Waratah. Through Australia Schoolboys, he’s helped me out a bit.”