EDINBURGH RUGBY: Towering twins check in


Toolis twins Ben [left] and Alex [right] in action for GPS Old Boys.

 

Edinburgh Rugby today announced the signing of highly rated 21 year-old twin brothers Alex and Ben Toolis from Queensland Premier Grade side GPS Old Boys, subject to medical examination.

The Brisbane-born locks – whose mother, Linda, hails from Carluke in Lanarkshire – come straight from Australia’s national academy programme to join the club’s elite development roster and begin an eight-week ‘pre-season’ campaign at Murrayfield.

Edinburgh Rugby assistant coach, Stevie Scott, said: “We’re delighted to welcome these two boys to the club, having identified them as hot prospects for the future through their performances in Australia’s top domestic division.

“They’re both very athletic and mobile, which are important attributes in the modern game.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them in training next week and helping them develop into top players for the club.”

The twins have played for the Old Boys since the age of six but their broader sporting qualities came to the fore in their later school years, when they won the Associated Independent Colleges Premiership with Marist College Ashgrove, while also representing the school and Queensland state volleyball teams.

Their careers deviated for the first time in 2010 when Alex committed fully to the oval ball game, and helped the Old Boys lift the Premier Colts Premiership (under-19), while brother Ben toured Thailand and Iran with the national under-18 and under-20 volleyball teams.

The twins then reached consecutive Premier Grade semi-finals with the Old Boys 1st XV either side of representing Australia’s national rugby academy against international development sides in the 2013 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup.

Edinburgh Rugby lock, Alex Toolis, said: “It’s fantastic to be here. I’m a bit nervous but really excited to get this opportunity in the home country of my mum, who’s delighted that I’ve come here to play rugby.

“It’s good to get out of my comfort zone. I’m looking forward to working hard to get the most out of the experience, and to do myself and my family proud.”

Ben Toolis added: “One of the main reasons I’ve come here is because I want to work hard and play hard.

“It’s how you mature as a player and as a person and it’s an important part of being a good second-row.

Commenting on their volleyball experience, he added: “I think it really developed our handling skills, especially for lineout and kick-off reception.

“We’re very confident and comfortable in the air while it also helped our leg power, timing and agility.”

 
 

ALEX TOOLIS (21), second-row

Born: 31/03/1992 in Brisbane. Height: 200cm (6’7″), weight: 115kg  (18st 2lb)

High school: Marist College Ashgrove (AIC Premiership winners)

Junior rugby: Ashgrove GPS (Premier Colts Premiership winners)

Senior rugby: GPS Old Boys (Premier Grade semi-finals 2012 and 2013), Australia national academy (2013 Pacific Rugby Cup), Queensland Red A (2013 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup)

Honours: Queensland state volleyball

 
 

BEN TOOLIS (21), second-row

Born: 31/03/1992 in Brisbane. Height: 200cm (6’7″), weight: 115kg  (18st 2lb)

Junior Rugby: Ashgrove GPS

High School: Marist College Ashgrove (AIC Premiership winners)

Senior rugby: GPS Old Boys (Premier Grade semi-finals 2012 and 2013), Australia national academy (2013 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup)

Honours: Queensland state, Australia Youth (U18) and Junior (U20) volleyball

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About Dave

I totally love sport. Rugby, cricket and soccer, but my first love will always be rugby. Other than sport I write my own poems and other interestings articles. I also love cooking. A man of many talents. When it come to Cricket I'm a Cape Cobras, Kolkata Knight Riders and Proteas supporter. Soccer there is only one team and that is Man United and Germany internationally. Other than that I'm a loving father and husband.

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