Bellingen under-18 hooker Josh Young will be in the NSW Country Academy team to tour Fiji. Photo: LEIGH JENSEN 04091572A
Bellingen under-18 hooker Josh Young will be in the NSW Country Academy team to tour Fiji. Photo: LEIGH JENSEN 04091572A

Josh to tour Fiji

By MITCHELL DALE HE carves up carcasses during the week and opposition defence on the weekend. Bellingen Under-18 hooker Josh Young, who a second year apprentice butcher, will cap off a strong 2004 season next week when he tours Fiji with the NSW Country Academy rugby league side. The lightweight hooker has been a consistent performer for the Magpies in the VB Group 2 competition and is hoping to come back from the Pacific Island a better player. "It will be a great learning experience," Young said. "I will be playing with older and bigger player who are probably a bit smarter aswell. "Hopefully I will know a bit more after the tour and be able to bring that back to the club next year." However, there is a downside of the tour. Around the same time as Young lines up against a Fijian selection side, his Magpies will be going into battle against Nambucca Heads for the 2004 Under-18 title. "I am pretty disappointed about missing the grand final," he said. "But I am one of the youngest players in the side, so I will have more chances (to play in an Under-18 grand final). "This is a really good opportunity. "But I am a bit disappointed about letting my team mates down." Bellingen Under-18s co-coach Declan Horan said the Magpies will miss Young's instinctive darts from dummy half. "Josh is really quick and he is a strong little bugger," Horan said. "He has good leg drive and defends well. "He makes a lot of ground out of dummy half for us and we will miss that in the grand final." Horan expects Young to be one of the Magpies Under-18s leaders next season. "We will lose a lot fo players, so he will be one of our senior players," he said.



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