King joins league elite
FORMER Casino junior rugby league player Matt King has capped an amazing season with national selection.
King, now a centre with the Melbourne Storm, has been chosen in the Australian squad to take on New Zealand and Great Britain in the Tri Nations rugby league series.
King's rise to national team selection has been nothing short of phenomenal. In the space of three years, King has gone from barman and garbage collector, unsure of whether he wanted to play rugby league again, to playing a starring role in NSW's State of Origin success and now is an Australian representative.
Given King's recent history, even he didn't expect he'd ever get to wear the green and gold. One of Matt's number one fans, his father Don, lives at Casino.
Australian rugby league: Trent Barrett (St George Illawarra), Danny Buderus (Newcastle Knights), Petero Civoniceva (Brisbane Broncos), Matt Cooper (St George Illawarra), Craig Fitzgibbon (Sydney Roosters), Mark Gasnier (St George Illawarra), Craig Gower (Penrith Panthers), Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels), Andrew Johns (Newcastle Knights), Ben Kennedy (Manly Sea Eagles), Matt King (Melbourne Storm), Darren Lockyer captain (Brisbane Broncos), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Anthony Minichiello (Sydney Roosters), Luke O'Donnell (Nth Qld Cowboys) Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Steve Price (New Zealand Warriors), Scott Prince (Wests Tigers), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Jason Ryles (St George Illawarra), Timana Tahu (Parramatta Eels), Brent Tate (Brisbane Broncos), Trent Waterhouse (Penrith Panthers).