It’s been a year unlike any other for Melburnians and Victorian rugby as a whole.
While the COVID-19 pandemic halted Super Rugby and community sport across the state, the emergence of three young, proud and passionate Victorians, has become a memorable storyline from what has been an unprecedentedly challenging year for the game of rugby within our state.
The rise of Burn Boys’ Jordan Uelese, Pone Fa'amausili and Trevor Hosea, on to rugby’s world stage demonstrates the phenomenal impact Victorian Rugby’s development pathways is having on our community.
To celebrate our Burn Boys’ success, we’ve tracked down some key figures that have played crucial roles in shaping Trevor, Jordan and Pone’s personal and professional development, helping them become the exceptional people and strong-willed community leaders, they are today.
This week’s focus is on our exciting lock, Trevor Hosea.
Jimmy Orange – Jimmy coached Trevor for four years from Year 7 to Year 10, at Fountain Gate Secondary College.
“I still remember the first time I met him - sitting in the gymnasium at the start of the year with his knees up to his ears already, sitting there, about six-foot-five in Year 7,” Orange said.
“Trev was such a nice kid, all smiles and very positive. He was bit of a gentle giant towering above everybody – he looked like he could be in Year 12, so he was so used to making sure people didn’t get hurt, and so people just gravitated towards him.
“When he was on the field, a guy his size could’ve run through everybody and played the game like an individual, but he was always about the team, the teammates around him and moving that ball around and talking to them.
“We talked a lot in those early stages about what he can work on because a lot of people would tell him how good he is and how good he’s going to be, but he was just so self-aware at such a young age, asking what do I need to be better at? What do I need to work on?
“By Year 8, he had just stepped it up another level. That was the first year of Fountain Gate and we went undefeated and he kept them in every game.
“There was one game where he decided to take the conversions and he scored one in the corner. He said 'I’ve got this one, I’m going to take the conversion'. So he slots a drop goal from the sideline, thinking he’s Dan Carter, and then says 'I’ll take the rest for the day.' That would be the only one he made, so I told him he should’ve quit while he was ahead.
“But his last game was one of the more memorable games we had. It was a private school comp, and no one knew about us – we had this little rugby academy starting with a bunch of public-school kids and some kids that had come from other sports. But Trev came out and we thumped everybody.
“It was special knowing it was Trev’s last time with us and seeing just how much he appreciated his teammates. He was always so good at thanking me, all the parents and everyone involved – he was just a true leader from the start. He was the guy that would always talk it up and he was that bloody tall, we didn’t have to lift him in the lineouts very often.”
Brock Parker – Brock is President of the Melbourne Harlequins, where Trevor played Under-16’s (2014), Under-18’s (2015) and senior club rugby (2018 and 2019).
“Trevor came down to the club when he was fifteen-years-old and to be honest, he looked like a big praying mantis. He was a big, tall skinny kid, that didn’t have a lot of meat to him, but he had some speed and some great skills,” said Parker.
“We were never a strong club in the junior groups, so having someone like Trevor join at the time was a great boost because he was obviously well known around Victorian rugby, so it gave the kids a lot of confidence that someone like Trevor would want to come play at the club.
“In one trial game, Trevor decided to commentate the entire game while he was playing. He also referred to himself in the third person, so as he had the ball he would go 'Trevor Hosea carves it up' and he did it for the entire game, which was amusing for everybody on the field.