A reward for perseverance – Brisbane City winger Alex Gibbon’s rapid rugby rise

Alex Gibbon in action for the Queensland Reds earlier this year. Image: QRU Media

Alex Gibbon in action for the Queensland Reds earlier this year. Image: QRU Media

Gibbon in action for Brisbane City last weekend. Image: QRU Media

Gibbon in action for Brisbane City last weekend. Image: QRU Media

rugby.com.au: I’ve been lucky enough to interview and chat with lots sportspeople in this line of work, but few have struck me as much as Brisbane City winger Alex Gibbon did this week. As we worked our way through his rugby life, and how he made potentially life-changing but completely rational decisions along the way, one constant thought was in mind: this kid is far more worldly and switched on than your average 24-year-old.

The backstory of Alex Gibbon is reasonably well known in rugby circles: he and his brother grew up on their grandparent’s NSW north coast farm with his cerebral palsy-afflicted mother, having escaped their abusive, but mentally-challenged father as Alex entered high school.

This isn’t a re-telling of that story, but rather the incredibly inspiring rugby story that has come from that far-from-idyllic upbringing…

Commonwealth Games: Liam Gill’s road to the Wallabies, via Glasgow

Reds flanker Liam Gill is hoping to use the Glasgow Sevens program as a step toward the Wallabies. Image via Queensland Reds

Reds flanker Liam Gill is hoping to use the Glasgow Sevens program as a step toward the Wallabies. Image via Queensland Reds

Network Ten / The Roar: The last of my Commonwealth Games pieces was the one I was always going to be the most comfortable with: profiling Queensland Reds flanker and Aussie Sevens squad member, Liam Gill.

A great chat, in which he spoke of his crash-course in front-row scrummaging among other topics, Liam was great to talk to and his enthusiasm for being part of the broader Commonwealth Games team was obvious. He loved his experiences in Delhi four years ago, and so was very much looking forward to Glasgow.

For all the best and exclusive Glasgow Commonwealth Games coverage, switch the telly onto Ten, and head to their dedicated Commonwealth Games website. And drop by The Roar, too..

Commonwealth Games: Aussie Sevens side has it all to play for

Australian Captain Ed Jenkins, in action earlier this year. Image via Network Ten

Network Ten / The Roar: The second of my 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games previews was a little easier to get my head around, even if I prefer my rugby with eight more players per side.

The Australian Sevens side have it all ahead of them in the upcoming IRB World Series, where they’re still to confirm their qualification for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. A good showing in the Sevens program in Glasgow – played at the Ibrox Stadium this weekend, home of the legendary Rangers football club and dating back to 1899 – will give them confidence heading into the coming season.

For all the best and exclusive Glasgow Commonwealth Games coverage, switch the telly onto Ten, and head to their dedicated Commonwealth Games website. And drop by The Roar, too..