Jake, Rowan closer to team for France
FORMER Wollongbar-Alstonville rugby union players Jake McIntyre and Rowan Perry have been named in the next Australian Under-20s selection camp.
The four-day camp, the second of the year, will start on Sunday and will be run at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
There will be 53 players from across the country aiming for selection in the final squad to head to France in June for the Junior World Championship.
McIntyre and Perry also attended the first camp in Canberra.
The selection news caps a big week for 18-year-old McIntyre, who played for Brisbane Academy against a Junior Japan side onTuesday night.
He captained the Academy XV and scored a try in the 76-26 thrashing at Ballymore in Brisbane.
McIntyre attended Alstonville High School and represented Australian Schoolboys in 2011 and 2012.
He has moved to Brisbane and will play with the Sunnybank club in the Queensland Rugby Union competition this season
The five-eighth also played for the Academy side against the Reds College in a 27-20 loss last month. He played the first half and scored 12 points including a charge-down try.
The Academy side had 24-17 loss to Fiji A last week.
The games have been part of the annual Pacific Rugby Cup involving development teams from Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and Japan.
The Australian Super Rugby development teams have also played in the competition.
The IRB Junior World Championship runs from June 5 to 23 in France with Australia to face New Zealand, Fiji and Ireland in the pool stage.
Perry now lives in Canberra and plays for the Vikings in the ACT competition.