Chubb called into Cockatoos? squad
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
YOUNG Coffs rugby prop Duncan Chubb has been named for the first time in the NSW Country Cockatoos' squad.
Included in a squad of 25 players, Chubb is one of six new players in the Cockatoos squad to be part of the touring party which will play three matches in Fiji from 18 to 30 October 2006.
The tour will incorporate three matches against the winning club from the Fiji National Club Competition (Sanyo Cup), Fiji Junior Academy and Fiji High Performance Unit.
With the tour deemed as a development tour, players who have indicated their availability for the Country 2007 representative season have been selected to undertake the tour.
Chubb has been touted as a potential inductee into the squad all season and even though he had a fair idea he was about to be selected.
"I sort of knew that I was going to get picked a while ago, before they actually named the team," the 18 year old said.
"People were talking to Mum and Dad asking if they thought I was ready and I found out two to three weeks ago when the coach Col Jeffs called me up.
"He just told me to get fit because they're pretty good games we're going to be playing."
This morning Chubb leaves for Bathurst with the squad to prepare for a match on Saturday against the Waratahs Academy team.
Early next month the Cockatoos will assemble for a training camp in Sydney before heading to Fiji.
Chubb has been to the South Pacific previously when he was selected to tour the Cook Islands with the under 15s team. That experience means that the prop is aware that this tour is going to be anything but a holiday.
"It's not going to be easy," he said.
"We're not going over there for a holiday as they're trying to build a good team for next year so I think they're going to work us pretty hard but it will be good still."
Travel hasn't exactly been a stranger to Chubb lately.
Selection in the Australia 'A' Schoolboys team saw him play just under a half against Tonga in Canberra while most weekend's has seen his bedroom left empty as he's gone to Sydney, Bathurst, Cowra and Dubbo.
It looks like all that travel is going to be worth it though.
To be selected as a prop in such a strong team at the ripe age of only 18, Chubb is starting to follow a path that should see him move on to bigger and better things.
The last prop to be selected at such a young for the Cockatoos was Angus Scott who's now with the Western Force.