Look out Brian O’Driscoll - you're in Alex Gibbon's sights
LOOK out, Brian O'Driscoll - Alex Gibbon has you in his sights.
The Alstonville rugby union product has linked up with his Combined Country squad ahead of the clash with the touring British and Irish Lions in Newcastle next Tuesday.
Selection is another notable step on the ladder for the talented 20-year-old.
Gibbon said he was eagerly awaiting taking on the tourists - and is already eyeing a bit hit on Lions veteran and
"He is a player I have idolised since I have played rugby," he said.
"I'm looking forward to getting some photos with him after the match.
"I was shocked to get selected. It's the best experience I could have."
Outside centre/wing Gibbon was selected in the squad of 23 after impressing for his Southern Districts club in Sydney.
The squad includes 10 players from the elite Super Rugby competition, as well as the best Country players from New South Wales and Queensland.
Gibbon, who developed his skills with the Wollongbar-Alstonville club, has been in Sydney for two years.
He combines playing club rugby with his full-time job as an apprentice plumber.
The game in Newcastle will be the fourth of the Lions' 10-match tour.
Gibbon said he was looking forward to taking on the Lions in the match, which comes 11 days before the first of three Tests against the Wallabies.
"Realistically, they are all international-level players," he said.
"The squad has some of the best players in the world.
"It is a great chance for me to see where I am at as a rugby player
"I hope I get to start, but even if I was on the bench I would be happy to be involved."
The 1.80m tall Gibbon, who weighs in at a powerful 92kg, is also targeting future success.
He hopes to earn a place in the Australian sevens side later this year.
Gibbon said he was happy to be flying the flag for FNC rugby.
"I think there are some many good players from where I'm from," he said.
"They sometimes do not get the opportunity I have.
"I have been working hard so it feels good that some things are coming my way
"I just want to get out there, challenge myself and have fun."
The match at Hunter Stadium will kick off at 7.30pm.