FORWARD THINKING: South Grafton High students Lewis Cooper and Lachlan Arthur have continued their rapid rise in rugby with selection in the under-14 Country side. Photo: Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
FORWARD THINKING: South Grafton High students Lewis Cooper and Lachlan Arthur have continued their rapid rise in rugby with selection in the under-14 Country side. Photo: Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Code busting duo picked for Country team

REGIONAL sport is littered with stories about young men and women who star in more than one sport, but it is rare to find two who reach such heights at the same time.

South Grafton High students Lachlan Arthur and Lewis Cooper form that rare pair.

Both lads are 13 years of age, both play rugby league and rugby union, and both star in the forwards for the Grafton Ghosts and Grafton Redmen.

If the similarity wasn't enough, both were selected to represent Group 1 in league and the Far North Coast in rugby.

Now they have taken it one step further, with Arthur and Cooper named in the under-14s Country side in their first year of union.

They fell into the sport after several years playing rugby league.

"This is my third year of league now but only my first at the Ghosts," said Arthur, who played his previous two years near Tamworth.

"I've only played in the forwards - first and second row."

Despite having nine years of league spread evenly across South Grafton Rebels and Ghosts under his belt, Cooper admitted he preferred union.

"There's more contact," Cooper said. "And it's a bit faster than league."

Cooper travels to Port Macquarie to play league for Group 1 this weekend while Arthur sits out after suffering concussion in last week's game.

Redmen coach Tony King was delighted at the pair's selection, which came after they were fast-tracked to the Far North Coast side.

"They moved over to union this year, played a few games, and Far North Coast picked them up," King said.

"It's so impressive they got there in their first serious attempt at union."

  • Arthur and Cooper are seeking sponsorship to held fund their transport to Newcastle for training and games. If you can help, contact Kerri Arthur on 0422 264 345.


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