YOUNG AUSSIES: Back row, from left: Aaron Whitchurch, Joseph Leilua, Jack Stockwell, Cheyse Blair, Ryan James, Matthew Groat. Middle: Geoff Eggert (trainer), Jacob Miller (Mullumbimby), Haydon Hodge, Blake Austin, PJ Asiata, Jake Finn, Jordan Rankin (vc), Jason Taumalolo, Kieren Morgan (physio). Front: John Culbert (manager, Alstonville), Faleula Finau, Cameron King (c), Maipele Morseu, Daniel Ahs
YOUNG AUSSIES: Back row, from left: Aaron Whitchurch, Joseph Leilua, Jack Stockwell, Cheyse Blair, Ryan James, Matthew Groat. Middle: Geoff Eggert (trainer), Jacob Miller (Mullumbimby), Haydon Hodge, Blake Austin, PJ Asiata, Jake Finn, Jordan Rankin (vc), Jason Taumalolo, Kieren Morgan (physio). Front: John Culbert (manager, Alstonville), Faleula Finau, Cameron King (c), Maipele Morseu, Daniel Ahs

Pair play well for Aussie team

TWO local boys joined an illustrious group of players by representing their country with the Australian Schoolboys rugby league side which played a two-Test series against the Great Britain Community Lions.

Mullumbimby's Jacob Miller and Kyogle's Sam Saville turned out for the Aussies, who flogged the Lions 66-0 in the first game in Canberra and 60-18 in the second game in Sydney.

Jacob, who now attends Matraville Sports High, played halfback while Sam, who attends Palm Beach-Currumbin High, starred on the wing.

Another Far North Coast player Cheyse Blair, of Tweed River High School, played as a centre.

Alstonville teacher John Culbert, who managed the Australian side, said it was a successful tour and the local boys had done themselves proud.

“Jacob is tied up with the Roosters and has played 18s and 20s for them this year,” Culbert said.

“He was at Mullumbimby High last year but has now transferred down to Matraville who are in the final eight (of the Arrive Alive Cup) after they beat Patrician Brothers the other day.

“He's a very talented young fella.

“The Roosters have him earmarked and they used to fly him down every weekend last year to play 18s.”

Sam, who has followed in the footsteps of former Kyogle Australian Schoolboys and NRL players Will Matthews and Shannon Walker by linking with the Titans and attending PBC, is a fast, strong winger.

“Sam just continues the line of great kids who have come out of Kyogle,” Culbert said.

“Sam played a bit of centre and wing. He's very quick and very strong. He's not tall but he's very strong in the upper body. He's also played 18s and I think about four 20s games for the Titans.”

Culbert said he had no doubt that within the next 12 months the two local products would be major players in the National Youth Cup (under-20s).



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