Cupboard?s full for young prop
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IF young Coffs Harbour footballer Tim Metcher collects all his representative jerserys like most players do, then it's a fair chance that his cupboard space is reducing rapidly.
This year the 15 year old has been selected as a run-on prop for teams that have competed at the State championships in under 15 CHS rugby league and under 16 all schools union.
Those efforts have now been topped off with selection in the NSW Country under 15 rugby union team.
The country team lost 27-7 to their city cousins two weeks ago but the country squad is preparing for a tour of New Zealand and the Cook Islands in October.
"I was pretty happy with how I went against the City team," Metcher said of the game.
"One of the selectors said that he'd like to see me there next year."
The most amazing thing about Metcher's country selection is that he's a relative novice in the game.
Playing for Coffs Harbour High in the school competition, the young prop who still plays league for the Comets, impressed enough to be asked to trial at the start of the year.
The first thing the young forward noticed is how much difference there is between the two codes.
"The scrums are a lot harder than in rugby league, it's a completely different game and a lot more technical," Metcher said.
"All my coaches have been giving me tips and pointers and I've been learning more every time that we go away."
That steep learning curve now has Metcher packing his bags for three days in the land of the long white cloud followed by nine days in the picturesque Cook Islands.
"I've been overseas before but not for football," the young gun said.
"It's going to be a great experience."