Queensland ruckmen in national combine

Archie Smith and Fraser Thurlow have been invited to the 2013 national AFL draft combine, as ruckmen.

Ruckmen Archie Smith and Fraser Thurlow, are the latest Queenslanders to be invited to the 2013 National AFL Draft Combine.

The two were included as two of 13 players selected in the ruck category for mext month’s combine.

Smith has impressed many with his rapid improvement in 2013, after putting pack possible US College basketball scholarships to pursue AFL this season.

After only a year in the sport, Smith has shown potential, as a stand out for the Queensland U18 Scorpions, and just last week played in the Brisbane Lions’ NEAFL Northern Conference champion side.

With his basketball background, Smith plays with strong physicality, and a strong vertical leap helps him get over opponents.

Thurlow, 20, is a potential mature-age drafte4e and caught the eyes of recruiters with a stunning NEAFL season for the tigers this season.

The 199cm, 100kg, ruckman was a standout for the NEAFL U22 side in their match against the SANFL U20s in May, winning his side’s best on ground with 20 disposals, 12 marks and two goals.

Smith and Thurlow will spend a week in Melbourne next month for the Combine, tested in a range of disciplines.

For a player to be invited to the national combine, at least five AFL Clubs must have nominated them.

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