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Rugby boys aim high

ON THE WAY UP: Promising rugby union players, back from left, Cody Ellis, Daniel Bligh, Seb Dalton. Front, Jayden Webb and Rowa
ON THE WAY UP: Promising rugby union players, back from left, Cody Ellis, Daniel Bligh, Seb Dalton. Front, Jayden Webb and Rowa

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

FIVE South Grafton High students have won selection in the NSW Lloyd McDermott Under-16 Rugby Union Development team to contest the Australian titles in Queensland this weekend.

Seb Dalton, Daniel Bligh, Rohan Hardy, Jayden Webb and Jacob Webb were picked after turning out for the Lloyd McDermott Northern NSW team during a series of trial matches in Sydney during the first week of the July school holidays.

Bligh, however, has had to withdraw from the national titles due to an overload of sporting commitments.

The series marked the fourth round of representative criteria to gain State selection.

Cody Ellis, who also played for Northern NSW, has been named as a shadow player for the State team.

Jacob Webb was a late call up for Northern NSW but his strong performance gained him a berth in the NSW side.

The Lloyd McDermott Development program, named after the first Aboriginal player selected for the Wallabies in the 1960s, is aimed at encouraging young Aboriginal children to play rugby union.

The quintet of South High players, which represents the schools greatest number of State selected players, will contest a series of matches at Runaway Bay starting today and finishing on Sunday.

At the end of the national titles, an Australian squad will be selected to tour New Zealand later this year.