Lismore player Gavin Hiscox pictured during a match at Rockhampton.
Lismore player Gavin Hiscox pictured during a match at Rockhampton. Chris Ison

Engagement party on hold while Hiscox tackles World Cup

POSTPONING his engagement party was an easy decision for Lismore rugby league player Gavin Hiscox.

Hiscox, 25, has been selected to play in the Rugby League World Cup for Italy next month.

The opening ceremony in Wales is on the same date as his engagement party, on October 26.

"I didn't think I would get the chance to play in this and I'm absolutely stoked," Hiscox said.

"I've changed the engagement party because this opportunity might not come around again.

"Four years is a long time and you never know what sort of side they'll have in the coming years."

To be selected for a World Cup is up there with playing in a State of Origin series.

Hiscox is eligible to play for Italy with heritage on his mother's side of the family.

He played junior football with South Lismore before the club folded and at Marist Brothers.

The lock attended St John's College Woodlawn and captained the Yeppoon Seagulls first grade side at the age of 19.

He will be in good company in the Italian team with NRL players Craig Gower, Anthony Minichiello and Terry Campese selected.

Murwillumbah product and former Titans lock Anthony Laffranchi is also in the team.

Hiscox captained the Central Queensland Capras in the Queensland Cup this season.

"I sent video footage (to the Italian coaching staff) and they kept an eye on me," Hiscox said.

"To be selected for a World Cup is up there with playing in a State of Origin series. I haven't thought too much about it but I'm really happy to be in this side.

"We haven't had an itinerary come through and it probably still hasn't sunk in yet.

"I haven't spoken to any of the other players but there are some good names there."

Hiscox picked up best forward award at the club presentation night last week.

The side is coached by former Bulldogs and Australian representative Jason Hetherington.

The Italian team leave for Wales on October 10 and go straight into a training camp.



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