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By Jazz - 7 December 2007 0

Just got this Brumbies media release

Brumbies Academy lock Dan Guinness has been awarded a Rhodes Australia At Large Scholarship by the Rhodes Trust which will allow him to study at Oxford University.

Guinness has rejoined the Brumbies Academy for 2008 after returning from a stint with Italian club, Overmach Parma, and being a member of this year’s Navy Canberra Vikings in the Mazda Australian Rugby Championship.

The 23 year old has a Bachelor of Science degree and is completing Honours in Anthropology for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Australian National University (ANU). He proposes to undertake a Master of Philosophy in Anthropology at Oxford.

Guinness says he is thrilled to be offered the opportunity.

“It’s certainly an honour to be offered this scholarship,” he said. “The whole process has taken a couple of months from when I originally submitted my application in July. It was a great experience, though a little nerve-wracking, to go through the interview process, and visit the Governor General.

“I feel very humbled to have been provided these opportunities by the Brumbies, ANU and Oxford University and the onus is now on me to make the most of them.”

The former Canberra Grammar student has also represented the Australian Universities (2004-2005), the Australian Under 21’s (2005), the Brumby Runners and captained the ACT & Southern NSW Vikings to their Australian Rugby Shield title in 2006.

CA Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher says Guinness is deserving of this recent accolade.

“Dan’s shown both on and off the field that he has the work ethic to excel at anything he turns his mind to,” he said. “It’s a tremendous achievement and it’s good to have examples demonstrate how intelligent players are; there are a number of Brumbies who have done very well academically, including Joe Roff who is currently studying at Oxford University.”

“It’s always pleasing to see players do well in their studies. Football is only a short period in a player’s working life and it’s important that they have a qualification or business to fall back on when their playing careers are over.”

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb says being awarded the scholarship is an outstanding achievement.

“I congratulate Daniel on his success,” he said. “His achievement is typical of all ANU students, who apply themselves and excel in a whole range of activities in addition to scholarship. These are exactly the sort of qualities Australia will require of its leaders in future.”

The CA Brumbies have a Careers and Education Advisor, Sue Crawford, to assist players with their academic and post-football endeavours.

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