Brothers in rugby
By STEVE SPINKS
SEAN and Sam Cox may well be the Lismore equivalent of the famous Ella brothers who graced Australian rugby fields for the Wallabies in the 1980s.
Like Mark and Glenn Ella, Sean and Sam are twins with a big future in rugby highlighted by their recent selection in the NSW Under-15 team that will play Queensland in September.
While the Ellas had an older brother in Garry to make up a third on the field, the boys have good friend and St John's College Woodlawn schoolmate Jake Smith, who also won selection in the NSW team, to make up a happy trio.
And just like the Ellas, the Coxs and Smith all play in the backline; Sean is a fullback, Sam a five-eighth and Smith a halfback.
"The boys are pretty chuffed (with their selection)," Sean and Sam's father, Terry Cox, said.
"I think they're only just realising what they've achieved."
The trio were selected for the NSW side, the first time a NSW Under-15 side has been selected, after a gruelling representative schedule.
The season started with a third placing at the NSW Country Under-15 titles with Far North Coast and then progressed onwards with Northern Province duties including playing in the bruising NSW Regional Championships.
Further selection saw them represent NSW Country against Sydney which culminated in their advancement to the NSW side.
However, the Queensland match won't be the final representative match for the trio.
NSW Country Under-15s have a development tour to Samoa and New Zealand in September and there is a further match against Sydney to play as well.
On this tour, the Coxs and Smith will be joined by fellow Far North Coast players Marcus Skudder (Lismore), Branston Brewer-Charles (Lismore), Jason Higgins (Wollongbar) and Kurt Taylor-Brown (Lismore).
In the meantime, the Cox boys will continue to turn out for the gun Lismore City Under-15s that are undefeated in three seasons.
Smith loses brotherhood status at this time as he plays for Ballina.
Meanwhile, Wollongbar-Alstonville prop Joel Crowther won selection in the NSW Under-17 team.