Moree boys Brayden Smith, Dylan Green and Lindsay Munro played in a curtain raiser for the Brumbies verse Reds game on July 7 at Suncorp Stadium.
The game doubled as an opportunity for selectors to choose an under 15s National Indigenous side to compete in Canberra at the Junior Gold Cup- Northern Conference in September.
Smith, Green and Munro were picked as possibles and probables after successfully applying for a spot in the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team.
As the boys arrived in Brisbane and met the rest of the development squad, they were split into teams- QLD Development and Combined State.
All three were placed into Combined State with Smith at fullback, Green in centre and Munro at scrum half.
Smith’s mother Jodie watched the boys play and said it was obvious QLD were a strong team, but not strong enough.
“Combined State won 29-19, it was a good game and the three boys played well,” she said. The team was supposed to be announced a day after the game, however selectors had a difficult time choosing from the talented pool of U15s.
On Monday, the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team’s Facebook page posted the final squad of 23 who will travel to Canberra in September- both Smith and Green were on the list.
“They spoke to Brayden and would like him to train with the local rugby union side in preparation for the cup and Dylan already plays regularly at his school St Gregory's College,” she said.
The Junior Gold Cup is an entry point into the national long term talent development and competition program for the under 15 age group.
“They are all talented boys and its a great achievement to be picked in this Indigenous side.”
They spoke to Brayden and would like him to train with the local rugby union side in preparation.