Casino teen picked for national Indigenous rugby union team
THE decision to focus solely on rugby union has paid dividends for Kyogle player Jakobi Robinson.
Jakobi, 16, made the switch from rugby league and has just been selected in the Under-16 National Indigenous rugby union team.
The selection includes a tour of New Zealand next year for the St Mary's Catholic College Casino student.
"I love rugby, it's a game that never stops," Jakobi said.
"League can be a bit slow andI prefer the running game from five-eighth."
Jakobi was selected on the back of his performance at the National Indigenous Under-16 Championship on the Gold Coast earlier this month.
He represented Northern NSW and has made the national squad of 23 along with Maclean player Cody Walker.
Northern NSW went down 38-19 in the final against North Queensland.
About 135 players competed in six teams over two days.
It was the first time he had tried out for the team but he didn't let nerves faze him.
"I played my own game and went pretty well," Jakobi said.
"I passed well and broke some tackles; I wanted to make the other five-eighths look silly."
Jakobi has an uncle who plays overseas in Italy and he hopes to do something similar one day.
It was at the national championships where Jakobi got to meet his favourite player Kurtley Beale.
Beale provided the players with advice on education and sports-manship.
"If I can help just one kid along their journey in life and their career I will be very satisfied," Beale said.
"I really enjoy giving back to members of the community and giving these young men advice from the experiences in my life."
Jakobi will play with the national side in a competition in Sydney next week.