FIVE of St Stanislaus’ College brightest footballing prospects will get the chance to test themselves against some of the best rugby league talent on offer in the coming months after earning selection in the NSW Combined Independent Schools team.
Three players were picked for the CIS opens outfit while another two were selected in the under 15s version of the side.
Campbell Scott, Jack Grant and Luke Petrie made the senior squad while Matt Allen and Matt Brouff were included in the younger group.
Scott and Allen both play locally with St Pat’s while Grant and Petrie are both Orange-based and have played most of their junior league with CYMS.
Brouff is a Warren junior.
“Initially the boys all attended a trial day and from there squads of 30 were chosen for each age group,” Stannies rugby league co-ordinator Paul McDonald said.
“From there they attended a camp at Narrabeen and the groups were trimmed down to 20.
“The boys have always shown a lot of talent. The two Orange boys have been part of the first XV for rugby and have been in the A sides for all their age groups as they’ve come through.
“The Bathurst pair both play locally and have always been a part of representative sides in the past so they know what it’s all about.”
The under 15s team will head to Darwin in a fortnight where they will clash with Combined Affiliated States and the ACT.
The opens will get their chance from July 8 in Port Macquarie against the same opposition.
From there, the winning team from their pool will go on to the semi-finals of the Australian Schoolboy Championships.
Already qualified for the final four are NSW Combined High Schools, NSW Combined Catholic Colleges and Queensland, who will play amongst themselves to decide rankings going into the semi-finals.
If the players do well enough they will have the opportunity to gain a spot in the Australian Schoolboys side.