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World Cup a dream result
LEADING on and off the rugby
league field, LS Daniel Capilli cap-
tained the Combined Australian
Services Rugby League (CASRL)
team to victory at the Armed Forces'
World Cup at Melville Barracks in
Colchester in the UK from June 30 to
Playing in the second row, LS
Capilli, of FSU at HMAS Kuttabul,
was named player of the tournament
and was one of five CASRL team
members named in a World Dream
Team, along with AB Veniasi Turuva,
of HMAS Watson.
Other CASRL players named in
the World Dream Team included SGT
Danny Tevita at prop forward, TPR Jack
Blaine at lock and PTEs Mahn Darley
(fullback) and Keith Eshman (5/8th).
For LS Capilli, the achievement
rates as one of his most significant.
"It was probably the biggest high-
light in my Navy career and also the
most satisfying result I have been a
part of with rugby league," he said.
"A lot of time and effort goes into
preparing your body for a competition
like this and to play games every three
days, it was a relief after the siren
sounded. I am sure the achievement
will sink in even more as we realise
The Armed Forces' World Cup was
one part of the Festival of World Cups,
where the Australians were also victo-
rious in the women's, police and stu-
Australia also contested the wheel-
chair rugby league tournament, but
was beaten in the semi-finals.
The NRL provided jerseys and
funding for the teams.
The CASRL side remained unde-
feated in the four-team competition
and held on for a 32-22 win against
New Zealand in the final.
CASRL earlier inflicted two mas-
sive defeats of 112-0 and 110-0 on the
Serbian Army side, playing in its first
The Australians also had early
round wins against New Zealand (32-
22) and defending champions Great
Britain (20-16), who made a shock
exit in the semi-finals at the hands of
In the final against New Zealand on
July 13, CASRL dominated the open-
ing 40 minutes to establish a lead.
LS Capilli was named man-of-the-
Australia def New Zealand 32-22
Australia def Serbia 110-0
New Zealand def Great Britain 20-16
Australia def Great Britain 20-16
New Zealand def Serbia 62-6
Australia def New Zealand 32-22
Great Britain def Serbia 98-0
Australia def Serbia 112-0
Great Britain def New Zealand 32-8
match, but received outstanding sup-
port from 5/8th PTE Keith Eshman
who crossed for three tries.
Down 20-6 at half-time, New
Zealand clawed its way back into the
match to get within four points of the
However, CASRL responded with
two converted tries to shut the gate on
the Kiwis and push the score out to
New Zealand again stayed in the
game with a converted try to close the
margin back to 10 points, but CASRL
stood firm during the final 10 minutes
to seal the victory and the champion-
Australian Rugby League coach
Tim Sheens and representatives from
the NRL provided inspiration by chat-
ting to the CASRL squad before they
left Australia and again before their
games against Great Britain and New
LS Capilli said the team's success
centred on the strong bond the players
"We all made a lot of new mates on
the tour and a key to our success was
having everybody get on so well," he
said.Although all eyes were on the Brits
"They were the reigning champions
and beat us here in Australia in 2008.
"They began with a squad of 50 that
was trimmed down to 24 and included
nutritionists and the like," LS Capilli
"But we just stuck to our team
CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS: Above, Captain
of the Combined Australian Services Rugby
League team LS Daniel Capilli accepts the
Armed Forces' World Cup trophy from UK Vice
Chief of General Staff ACM Sir Stuart Peach
after defeating New Zealand in the final. Left,
AB Kerod Andrensek, right, launches himself
at his New Zealand opponent as LAC Mitch
Photos courtesy: SBSphotos.co.uk
motto of 'Shut the gate' and it showed
in the way we played the games."
He said a full training session with
the Cronulla Sharks first grade side
before leaving Australia also played a
significant part in the CASRL side's
Tour manager MAJ Al Lynch said
the value of this performance could
not be understated, taking into consid-
eration the proposed CASRL tour of
Papua New Guinea next year and the
next Armed Forces' World Cup being
played in Australia in 2017.
"From the outset, Australia was the
team that all in the competition wanted
to beat, but with discipline, structure
and passion, the team dominated the
competition," MAJ Lynch said.
AIRCDRE Bob Rodgers said the result
was a great one for ADF rugby league.
"The future of CASRL is bright
and now, as world champions, we have
well and truly stamped our credentials
on the game both nationally and inter-
nationally," he said.
The CASRL Navy representatives were: LS
Daniel Capilli, AB Samuel Peters, LS Damien
Rex, AB Phillip Samuelu, AB Veniasi Turuva,
AB Mitch Morton and AB Kerod Andrensek.
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