Pat?s off to Argentina



JOHN Paul College first XV rugby union captain Pat Brennan's selection in the NSW Country development squad came as little surprise to many good judges.

However, Brennan himself couldn't believe it.

"I was shocked, I definitely didn't expect to make it," he said.

"I was just happy to make the North Coast side, so it was a big surprise."

JPC first XV coach and North Coast schoolboys manager, Matt de Dassel, barely raised an eyebrow when Brennan was named in the development squad, which embarks on a 14-day tour of Argentina tomorrow.

"He's fast, has good hands and is good in defence," de Dassel said.

"I wasn't surprised at all by his selection.

"He was one of the younger players in the (North Coast) side, so he spent a bit of time off the field at the (NSW Country) carnival and he probably that would have limited his chances.

"But when he was on he did very well."

The gifted fullback/wing is hoping the tour will strengthen his chances of making the NSW Country first XV this year.

Although he will continue playing rugby for JPC, Brennan, 17, will also try his hand at the 13-a-side code in 2005, after joining the strong Coffs Harbour Comets Under-18s rugby league side.



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