29 May Morgan the magnificent
Keith JR Morgan will lead the Whites first grade onto Griffith Oval on Saturday to recognise his indigenous heritage and to recognise his 50th first grade game.
He has been recognised for his contribution to Queanbeyan and ACT rugby in being named in the 2019 Indigenous Team.
Keith was born on Ngunnawal Country and has an affiliation to this Land. He is a descendant of the Pitjara people of Springsure and the Jinibara people of the Glass House Mountain Tribe in Queensland on his mother’s (Sherrin) side. On JR’s father’s (Keith) side is the Wiradjuri from around Narrandera.
“Growing up in a proud Aboriginal family and in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community has given me the opportunity to meet people that offer help in extending my love for rugby. I am an electrician by trade with my study during the time with the Whites” said Keith.
JR was an Australian Schoolboy in 2013 touring the UK and has represented the ACT from the Under 13’s through to the under 20 level and has been on the edge of the NRC team for a couple of seasons.
The 24-year-old centre joined the Whites straight from St. Edmund’s and has hardly played anywhere but first grade.
In 2014, he was the winner of the Ben Mansell Trophy for the most promising, in 2015 he won the club’s most consistent award and in 2018 he took home the best back in first grade.
In 2015, Morgan toured the USA with an Indigenous Australian invitational team.
He has built on his outstanding form of 2018 in 2019 being amongst the best each week and relishing the opportunity to play at inside centre.
The inside position suits his defensive strength and his hard running. The opposition must commit more than one to stop him which opens the space outside.
Queanbeyan has had too few indigenous players. In recent years Nathan Smith, Reuben House and Braeden Smith have all been active in the club. Father figure Wade Smith may not want his playing day mentioned but he has been a coach along with his main role as strapper.
The club does offer scholarships to indigenous players.