Webster auditions for a US role

By STEVE SPINKS

ANDREW Webster's trip to the United States of America started early with a quick stop-over in Lismore on Saturday.

The Sydneysider was one of four Australians playing for the USA Emerging Tomahawks in their 52-14 loss to the Tweed Seagulls State League side in the curtain-raiser to the National Rugby League trial match at Oakes Oval.

Injury toll

Webster was called in at short notice because of a high injury toll suffered by the Tomahawks during their five-match tour of South-East Queensland and Northern NSW.

The former Parramatta and Wests Tigers lower-grader contacted the American Rugby League to find out about playing in their competition earlier this year.

He was in regular contact with the president of the Connecticut Wildcats who then invited him up at short notice to fill in for the Emerging Tomahawks.

Webster scored a try and starred for the Tomahawks in their loss ? starting off in the second-row before moving to hooker and then halfback.

"I normally prefer five-eighth or lock but they had had a lot of injuries," he said.

So which National Anthem did the 23-year-old sing?

"I still sang the Australian one," Webster smiled.



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