Nice Touch for father and son

By RICHARD A FORBES, Star correspondent

THE Harrington family of Lismore made history last year when they became the first father and son in 27 years to play on the same Touch team in a State Cup open final.

Both scored tries.

Next week, former Kadina High School student James Harrington will represent Australia for the first time at the Touch Youth World Cup at Kawana Waters on the Gold Coast.

His father, Mook, said the tall winger made the squad after playing in the Queensland team that defeated New South Wales 3-0 in August last year.

That was his first time representing Queensland and he was named as a leading player.

In December, he travelled to Port Macquarie for the NSW State Cup.

James Harrington played against Eastern Suburbs, Western Suburbs and then the grand final against Parramatta, being named player of the series.

He was outstanding on the field against Western Suburbs, setting up two touchdowns and scoring two, one of them to seal the win.

He and Nathan Jones of Ballina were stand-out players, running well off each other.

The Parramatta coach, Sam Ayoub, is coaching the Australian team and he knows just how hard James plays.

In fact, Harrington is champing at the bit to get there.

South Africa, Japan, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa and other South Pacific nations have been invited to send junior teams.

After preparing for a couple of months, 20-year-old Harrington will go into camp on Saturday, training for four days before four days of competition.

Harrington said he was relieved the wait was over and was happy to have made the team.

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