Lewis Cameron, 16, has been selected in Country Cockatoos under-17 rugby squad.
Lewis Cameron, 16, has been selected in Country Cockatoos under-17 rugby squad. Adam Hourigan

Cameron to play for Country

THE Far North Coast under-17 rugby side may have missed out on a finals berth at the Country Championships held in Newcastle on the weekend but for Grafton's Lewis Cameron the pain was eased by selection in the NSW Country side.

The Grafton Redmen under-17 outside-centre, who made the switch from rugby league last year, admitted the competition at the championships was fierce.

"We ended up playing four games and the competition was very hard. There were a lot of talented players so being selected has come as a bit of a shock," Cameron said.

"It's my second time at the Country Championships; I played for New England last year because I was too late for North Coast selection."

Cameron, who scored a try during the tournament, added he was impressed by some of his opposing centres.

"I think I held my own against most other centres, but the centre who played for Barbarians was something special," he said.

"I think his name was Harry Brown who plays for Wollongbar…he was by far the best centre."

For Cameron, making the Country side is a just reward for all the hard yards he's put in at training.

And after getting a taste of representative rugby the 16-year-old running back hopes to gain plenty more honours.

"My goal is to go as far as possible, keep improving and hopefully make every rep side," he said.

"I've been working hard on my game with coach Phil Nelson and I'm looking forward to going into the training camp at Myuna Bay at the end of the month before we play against City."

 



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