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Aranmore Catholic College
Former student, Curtis Rona (Class of 2009) is well on the road to achieving his dream of playing international Rugby League.
Curtis, who is described by the media as an "outstanding Toyota Cup centre", was signed by the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys for the next two seasons. Prior to signing this deal, Curtis had played junior rugby league for the Joondalup Giants before heading east to join the Sydney Roosters. Curtis was in Perth in November and was invited by his 13 year old brother Jayden to speak to the Year 8 Rugby class about his time at Aranmore, his rugby experience and any lessons he has learnt along the way. "I originally came to Aranmore because of their Rugby Union program. Looking back, I now realise the importance of balancing my sporting interests with my academic work," said Curtis. "Aranmore provided a lot of challenges to me as a student but there was always support to help students like me get through school. I wasn't that interested in studying but there were teachers there that cared about sports and academics and I wasn't allowed to train or play unless I had met my academic commitments first." During his visit, Curtis told the students that balancing sporting commitments with other pathways is still important. "As an athlete, you only have a limited time to play and achieve your sporting goals. What you put in to achieve your dreams is what you get out of it. You have to be 100% committed to being your best both on field and off-field." Curtis Rona visits Aranmore Rugby Specialist Program students Past Student Aims High (and Fast!) Curtis Rona visits Aranmore Rugby Specialist Program students
Curtis Rona of the Cowboys goes into score in the final on day two of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines
rugby league tournament at Eden Park in Auckland on 16 February 2014. Photo: www.photosport.co.nz Curtis Rona will make his NRL debut for the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys against Manly at Central Coast Stadium on Good Friday after today being called up as the replacement for injured winger Antonio Winterstein. A member of the Cowboys' victorious Auckland Nines squad in February, Rona will line up on the left wing alongside centre Kane Linnett with Winterstein out for at least a month with a hamstring injury. Born in New Zealand, Rona played his junior football with Joondalup Giants in Perth before moving across the country to become part of the Sydney Roosters' NYC squad. He joined the Cowboys out of the under-20s competition last season and was selected in the Queensland Residents squad as well as playing for Intrust Super Cup premiers Mackay. 5 Curtis Rona Toyota Cowboys coach Paul Green says the experience young winger Curtis Rona gained at the NRL Auckland Nines should help him get through his NRL debut against Manly on Friday night. Rona was one of the stars of the Cowboys' victory in the Nines, including scoring two tries in the final against Brisbane despite carrying a broken thumb which then kept him on the sidelines for a month. He has played for the Mackay Cutters in the Intrust Super Cup in the past two weeks and has fully recovered from a quad strain sustained in his comeback game. Green today said Rona, who played his junior football in Western Australia before linking with the Sydney Roosters, would have challenged for a round one NRL position had he not been hit with his Nines injury. "Curtis had a really good pre-season and a fantastic tournament at the Nines," the coach said. Cowboys coach Paul Green tells how Curtis Rona would have challenged for a round one NRL position had he not been hit with injury in the NRL Auckland Nines... Curtis Rona 6. Kiwi-born winger Curtis Rona will become Cowboy No.243 when he runs on for his NRL debut.
CURTIS RONA TO PLAY UNDER 20's FOR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
After his signing from the WA Reds SG Ball side earlier this year, Curtis Rona has earned a call up for the Sydney Roosters under 20 team in their Toyota Cup clash tomorrow night against the Cronulla Sharks. This is great news for Curtis and WA and further proof of the system we have entered into providing a pathway for our young players.
Curtis Rona (Roosters)
Curtis Rona (Cowboys)
Brett should line up on the wing outside another surprise star of 2014 in Tim Lafai, while former Cowboy Curtis Rona should give them a bit of depth behind Corey Thompson and Sam Perrett.
Gains: Michael Lichaa (Sharks), Jarrod McInally (Easts Tigers), Brett Morris (Dragons), Curtis Rona (Cowboys), Antonio Kaufusi (Huddersfield), Matt Frawley (Raiders) They have lost a lot of muscle up front with the Sims brothers, Ricky Thorby and Joel Riethmuller walking out; while the retirement of Brent Tate and Curtis Rona's defection to the Bulldogs leaves them short on the flanks. Losses: Anthony Mitchell (Townsville Blackhawks), Joel Riethmuller (released), Curtis Rona (Bulldogs), Ashton Sims (Warrington Wolves), Tariq Sims (Knights), Brent Tate (retired), Ricky Thorby (Townsville Blackhawks)