Alstonville union player to represent Australia in France
FORMER Wollongbar-Alstonville rugby union player Jake McIntyre has been named in the Australian Under-20s side for the IRB Junior World Championships in France.
McIntyre is no stranger to the green and gold, having represented Australian Schoolboys in 2011 and 2012 when he attended Alstonville High School.
The Australian Under-20 side has been a stepping stone for future Wallabies including Will Genia, David Pocock, Rob Simmons, James Slipper and Rob Horne.
"I've been on a pretty good roll and I'm stoked with this," McIntyre said.
"I was hopeful of making the team but I wasn't sure about it.
"This was my main goal for the season and I'm really excited now."
McIntyre is one of five players who represented Australian Schoolboys last year to have gone on to the Under-20s.
He has been named at five-eighth. West Austral-ian player Luke Burton, also listed in the team as a five-eighth, can play in the centres.
McIntyre moved to Brisbane a few months ago and has been part of the Brisbane Academy side.
He attended three training camps at the Australian Institute of Sport where an initial squad of 50 has been culled to a touring party of 28.
Rowan Perry, another former Wollongbar player, took part in the first two camps but wasn't selected.
Perry lives in Canberra and plays for the Vikings in the ACT competition.
The Australian team will face New Zealand, Fiji and Ireland in pool play at the tournament in June.
"I've already played New Zealand twice so I'm really looking forward to playing Ireland," McIntyre said.
"I've been lucky with injuries and got to play some high quality teams.
"Playing Australian Schoolboys definitely puts you in good stead to make teams like this."
The team will have its first preparation camp at Bond University in the first week in May.
They will face the Papua New Guinea national team in a trial on Thursday, May 2, at the university at 3pm.