SKILL SET: Ipswich State High School rugby league player Ben Lualua is one of four students who have signed for Sydney-based NRL clubs.
SKILL SET: Ipswich State High School rugby league player Ben Lualua is one of four students who have signed for Sydney-based NRL clubs. David Nielsen

Ipswich students sign with Sydney clubs

FOUR students from Ipswich State High School have locked in their next step on the pathway to playing professional rugby league.

Ben Miller, Lupe Tivalu and Treymain Spry have all signed with the Sydney Roosters, with Fale "Ben” Lualua linking with the Cronulla Sharks.

All four will join their respective clubs in time for the 2018 pre-season at the end of the year, with the Rooster trio planning on living together in Sydney.

"They'll all be able to drink cafe latte's together,” Ipswich State High School rugby league coordinator Addison laughed. "The agent who signed the boys saw them as a great fit together and I think having them all live together helped get the parents on board.

"It's all happened in the last couple of weeks and means these guys now have their future tied away after school.”

All four students play for ISHS in the Brisbane Broncos Langer Cup schoolboys competition.

As their coach Addison said their focus for the time being will be helping the school to another finals series.

"We've had two games so far and won one and lost one,” he said. "We beat Palm Beach 20-18 in the first round and then last week we lost to Keebra Park 18-10.

"Keebra's experience over the years showed in the end in what was a very physical and highly skilled game.”

Despite last week's narrow loss, Addison has only made one change to his side ahead of today's game against Coombabah State School.

Returning to their home ground at Centenary, he was looking for one thing from his players.

"A response,” he said. "I believe in the team we have and I'm not stressed at all about last week's performance.

"Coombabah have lost their opening two games but they have been a boogie side for us in the past. They knocked us out of the semi's last year.

"Having said that, we haven't lost two games in a row since I've been a coach here and we've only had one loss at home.”

The school competition will be put on hold for the next two weeks as the Met West representative side tackle the State carnival.

With 14 players selected in the side, the ISHS squad will have to wait until the Origin bye the following week for a chance to rest.

In the Second Division Gee Shield competition, St Peter Claver College have suffered their first loss of the season.

Undefeated so far this year, St Peter Claver lost 44-0 to Harristown.

They face an even tougher test today against Caloundra with their Grade 12 students away on camp.