Fittock flys flag for FNC in Australian rugby team
FORMER Far North Coast rugby union winger Joey Fittock played for the Australian Under-20s in the first of a two-match series against New Zealand Under-20s last night.
It is the second straight year Fittock has been part of the Oceania Rugby Championship at Bond University on the Gold Coast.
Last year they played Japan in a similar format before an overseas tour.
A strong performance in both games could see him earn selection for the Australian team that will compete at the World Rugby Championship in Manchester, England, next month.
It has already been a year to remember for the Lennox Head and Wollongbar-Alstonville junior.
He was part of the Queensland Reds team who won the inaugural Super 20s Championship last month.
He has now started playing for the Sunnybank club in Queensland Premier Rugby.
If he is selected to go to England, he will follow in the footsteps of FNC juniors Sam Croke, Jake McIntyre and Rowan Perry, who have all been on overseas tours with the under-20s.
McIntyre attended Alstonville High School and is now playing five-eighth for the Reds in Super Rugby.
Fittock attended the same school in Alstonville before he finished his secondary education at The Southport School on the Gold Coast where he was able to play more rugby.
Score in the game last night was unavailable at deadline.