By TONY WHITE
RISING rugby union prospect Cody Hearfield has been selected in the NSW CHS Rugby Union team.
The 17-year-old Grafton High School student caught the eye of selectors at the recent State carnival in Newcastle.
And he's already come under attention from the Super-12 franchises, ACT Brumbies and NSW Waratahs.
Hearfield, a genial giant who stands 191cm and tips the scales at around 95kg, has continued a rapid rise to prominence.
In March, the lock-cum-back-rower won selection in the NSW Country Elite Development Squad that toured New Zealand.
During the tour the Country squad played games against feeder teams for Super 12 outfits the Canterbury Crusaders and Otago Highlanders in New Zealand's South Island.
They won three of their four games.
One of the major tour highlights came when the team were invited as special guests to attend a Brumbies training session in Queenstown.
Hearfield is also a member of the NSW Country Under-17 squad that are scheduled to play teams from South Africa, England, Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand at an international teams competition on the Gold Coast next month.
In the same month, Hearfield will also turn out for Country in the annual clash against City after which the NSW Under-17 team will be selected.
Tomorrow Hearfield travels to Sydney with the NSW CHS team for matches against Combined High Schools (CAS) followed by games against GPS and Japan Schools.
Selectors will then pick the NSW All Schools team to contest the Australian titles.