Aubusson finally wears a representative football jersey
IT HAS taken 10 years but Ballina junior Mitchell Aubusson will finally wear a representative jersey in the National Rugby League.
The 28-year-old picked up a spot on the bench for Country Origin and will take part in the annual City v Country game in Tamworth this Sunday.
Aubusson is widely regarded as one of the most underrated players in the NRL and has been unlucky to miss out on representative honours in the past.
The selection comes off the back of another milestone where he played his 200th game for the Sydney Roosters against St George Illawarra on Anzac Day.
The utility role will suit Aubusson who could come on the field and play centre or second row.
A strong showing here would not hurt his chances of further selection for New South Wales in the State of Origin series against Queensland.
Meanwhile, Northern Rivers players David Mead and Tyrone Roberts are not playing for NSW Country this year.
However, Mead will still be on representative duty this week when he plays for Papua New Guinea against Fiji in the Pacific Nations test match in Sydney on Saturday.
Mead was born in PNG before spending his teenage years in Lismore where he played rugby league for Marist Brothers.
Mead first represented PNG in 2008 before representing NSW Country for the past two years.
Meanwhile, former Cudgen fullback and Kingscliff High School student Michael Gordon was unlucky to miss out on selection.
Gordon has been a standout this season for the Parramatta Eels and was in the mix to claim another representative jersey.
He last played in the annual clash in 2013 and has made one appearance for NSW in the 2010 State of Origin Series.
Other Northern Rivers players who represented NSW Country include Luke Covell, Luke Douglas, Ben Kennedy, Matt King and Amos Roberts.