Young code breaker
By STEVE SPINKS
IT could be the biggest defection since Lote Tuqiri left the Brisbane Broncos rugby league team for the colours of the Wallabies in rugby union.
No, Andrew Johns or Darren Lockyer haven't switched codes.
But Ballina's Caleb Binge has.
Binge, son of Ballina Seagulls first-grade league coach Chris, is usually found on a Saturday morning playing the 13-man game with Ballina.
But that didn't stop the Wollongbar Public School pupil being selected in the NSW Primary School Sports Association rugby side yesterday.
The rampaging prop starred for the North Coast team that finished third at the three-day PSSA State Championship at Crozier Field and Oakes Oval in Lismore.
Binge and the Tweed's Lucas Willoughby were the only North Coast team representatives to be selected in the NSW side.
Remarkably, the young prop doesn't play rugby regularly, turning out for his school side only occasionally.
Perhaps the Binge family are all starting to switch codes ? Chris, despite being the Seagulls' first grade coach, played rugby for Lennox Head in the Far North Coast village competition this season.
Joining Binge in the NSW side is St Joseph's Alstonville No8 Nat Regueira.
Regueira captained the Northern NSW Catholic side, Polding, in the championship.
Polding lost 20-5 to Combined Independent Schools in an entertaining final yesterday.
Regueira, who plays junior rugby for Wollongbar, was the only player from his side selected.
Players from the CIS team dominated selections, with eight players in the squad.
The NSW side will play Queensland in an interstate clash later this year.
Other locals to play well were Jamie Eaton (St Francis Xavier, Ballina) for Polding and North Coast team members Ewan McQueen and Rowan Perry (Alstonville), Jake McIntyre (Wollongbar), Jack Pinchin (Wyrallah Road), Winiatu Barrett and Jess Perry (Southern Cross K-12) and Brad Hoffman and Shawn Gill (Casino West).