The production line that is Kinross Wolaroi School just keeps pumping out talent, a number of the two blues have either donned the sky blue of NSW or are preparing to do so.
Three of Kinross’ young guns will join the seven other Central West stars in NSW’s under 16s side for the Australian Rugby Union National Championship on the Gold Coast next month, while another starred in NSW Schoolboys’ campaign earlier this year.
After dominating for Independent Sporting Association’s first XV at the NSW Schools championship Preston Simpson, Will Smith and Vincent Reilly were all named in the state side.
On top of that Donny Freeman has followed in his older brothers’ footsteps in stamping his authority on Kinross’ first XV, and helped his NSW Schoolboys’ side to a fourth finish at the national titles in July.
Freeman has been a regular in NSW sides through the under-age divisions, while for Simpson, Smith and Reilly this selection is the highest.
They’ll start their preparation with a couple of intense training camps in the fortnight leading up to the national titles.
“We have training camps on the 9th and 10th, and the 16th and 17th of September,” Simpson, fresh off a huge performance in last weekend’s ISA derby against St Stanislaus College Bathurst, explained.
All four of the stars featured in that derby against Stannies, in which the Kinross side went agonisingly close to producing a stunning upset over their high-flying Bathurst rivals.
Freeman was busy as always while Simpson was simply outstanding on the wing, at one point running straight over Australian Schoolboys prop Bo Abra.
Reilly was superb at scrum-time against Abra too, more than holding his own, while Smith provided great impact from the bench.
The trio joins five Stannies guns in the NSW sides – Orange’s Fletcher Wright, Cowra’s Cam Trengrove, Nick Rankine and Tom and Cory Hooper – along with James Sheahan Catholic High School’s Beau Westcott.
This year’s Australian Rugby Union Under 16s National Championship runs from September 24-30.