Emerging Melbourne Rebels lock Trevor Hosea says he is enjoying his return to the Dewar Shield for Harlequins Rugby Club.
The 19-year-old has played two matches in Victoria’s premier Club competition following his impressive performances for the Junior Wallabies side which finished as runner’s up to France in last month’s U20 World Championships.
A south-east suburbs prodigy who attended Narre Warren’s Fountain Gate Secondary College, Hosea is thrilled to be back at the Club which helped him pursue his pathway into Super Rugby.
“Being back with the boys I used to play with when I was younger and playing with the boys who I used to look up to is great,” Hosea said.
“It’s good to be in the mix with them and playing some good footy. Getting back into it, getting some game time, just playing footy has been a good ride these past two weeks.” Hosea has been in superb form in the second row as Harlequins have continued their fine form in 2019.
The ‘Quins sit second on the Dewar Shield ladder and received a significant points-for boost following a comprehensive win over Footscray last weekend.
While Hosea’s impact for the 'Quins has helped the side deliver some strong results on the scoreboard, a real positive for the Club has been the knowledge Hosea has been able to share following his U20 World Championships experience in Australia’s forward pack.
“Coming back from a level like that, the boys that are coming through from colts and other team (have been coming up to me asking about) my knowledge around lineouts that I’ve obtained from the Junior Wallabies campaign, so I’m just trying my best to help out where I can,” Hosea said.
“I feel proud to represent all the young fellas coming through the ranks in Melbourne, so it was good to get one for them.”
Another bonus of Hosea’s return to Victorian Club rugby is the preparation the 204cm lock is obtaining heading into the Melbourne Rising’s NRC campaign. With NRC pre-season imminent, Hosea is valuing the competitive match fitness which playing in the Dewar Shield brings.
“It’ll be a massive opportunity for me to keep my game fitness up and to just keep throwing the ball around,” Hosea explained.
“Hopefully I’ll carry on some good form coming into the NRC with a few wins under my belt here and hopefully win a championship with ‘Quins.”