THE top junior rugby league talent from across regional New South Wales, including Group Seven, will come together this weekend at Port Macquarie and Dubbo, for the northern and southern zone CRL under 14s and 15s country championships.
More than 800 players will take the field at Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and Wagga's Paramore Park during the two-day tournament - with the winning sides qualifying for the finals weekend at Wyong's Morry Breen Oval on Saturday, September 28.
Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn believes the championships are a great way to see the next generation of talent from regional NSW on display.
"The under 14s and 15s CRL Country Championships are, for many, the first step in the representative rugby league pathway and it's a special tournament for the 800 players involved across the weekend," Quinn said.
"Not only are these players representing their respective regions, but the championships also act as a pathway for selection to competitions such as the Andrew Johns Cup, Laurie Daley Cup, Harold Matthews Cup or SG Ball."
The two Group Seven sides, coached by Nathaniel Morrison (under 15s) and Luke Langford (under 14s), will head to Wagga with two strong sides.
Morrison's side features Gerringong's Dylan Egan, Taj Ford, Kane Graham, Noah Morphett, Wesley Pring, Jack Quine, Calluym Roberts, Bailer Sassell, Hamish Stewart and Ashton Ward, Milton-Ulladulla's Dylan Burns, Sam Colgate, Blake Halls and Darcy Wooden, Stingrays of Shellharbour's Cody Giminez, Noah Guyatt, Harrison High and Hayden Wilson, Berry-Shoalhaven Heads' Brodie Arkinstall and Nowra's Jarrah McLeod.
While Langford's team contains Gerringong's Teila Ahio, Caleb Hall, Cooper Harrison, Thomas Knox, Isaac Laughton, Bailey Marks, Olivier McCarthy, Seth Pearman and Jarrod Tiycem Stingrays' Lochlan Abela, Daniel Brady Rory Brownlee, Lochlan Dimech, Dexter Grant, Eden Hughes and Jasper Scobie, Milton-Ulladulla's Jackson Blake, Albion Park-Oak Flats' Ashton Odea, Sussex Inlet's Francesco Pirrello and Berry's Riley Simms.