CUMNOCK’S Jack McCalman will line up in the biggest game in his rugby union career today.
McCalman will captain the Australian Schoolboys side as they take on New Zealand for the Trans-Tasman Cup.
The Australian side has been in camp for a week and played their opening Tri-Nations Series match against the Fijian Schools on Tuesday.
The Aussies scored a solid 31-7 win and are now focused on today’s tough encounter.
“Australia has won the Trans-Tasman cup the last two years and we want to make it three in a row,” McCalman said.
Fiji scored a shock 22-20 win over New Zealand on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean McCalman expects an easy game today against the Kiwis.
“There is no doubt New Zealand will be extremely fired up,” he said.
“To be honest, they’ve only come to Australia to play and win one game and that’s against us.”
McCalman said the Australian boys were solid against Fiji in their 24-point victory on Tuesday.
He also believes they can perform even better against New Zealand.
“We knew we had to play well to beat (Fiji). We did that but there’s still room for improvement,” he said.
The breakaway said he was happy with his performance against Fiji, but believes he can be better today.
“I had a solid game. I did my job,” he said.
“I think I can improve, especially in terms of ball carries. I was just finding my feet in my first Test. Now I’ve got experience, I’ll look to improve.”
McCalman captained the Australian side against Fiji and said he was surprised to receive the honour.
“It was a very nice surprise and a welcome duty,” he said.
“It gave me more confidence that the coaching staff put that faith in me.”
Australia and New Zealand will clash today at 5pm at Knox Grammar School.
Fiji will go up against Australia A at 3pm.