Sport

Jack cracks national Barbarians team

HAPPY HOOKER: Coffs Snappers player Jack Winchester has been selected to play in the Australian Schools Barbarians team.
HAPPY HOOKER: Coffs Snappers player Jack Winchester has been selected to play in the Australian Schools Barbarians team. Brad Greenshields

PLAYING well in four games at the Australian Schoolboys Championships has led to a great rugby union honour for Jack Winchester.

The Bishop Druitt College student has been selected to play in the Australian School Barbarians team.

The hooker who plays on weekends for the Coffs Snappers under-18s team admitted that even though he played well over the championships, he was surprised the selectors picked him as he's a year-11 student and didn't expect to be called upon ahead of those a year older.

Now that he's in the team, a camp in September at Riverview College and Knox Grammar awaits.

An intense period of rugby training that will culminate in the Barbarians playing a match against a Fiji schoolboys side.

"I think it's going to be awesome to be in that sort of environment with some incredible players," Winchester said.

"I played against a lot of the boys that I'm going to be playing with now and there's some real talent in there."

While at the Championships, a former Wallabies hooker became heavily involved with the 17 year-old's team and Winchester admitted the advice he received from Jeremy Paul was invaluable.

"He taught me a lot about the mental aspect of the game as well," he said.

"A lot about how you get yourself prepared for a game and what the attitude going into a game should be and actually through the game as well."

Winchester has an eye on the future with hopes to study law or business after passing his HSC but he also has dreams of making it big on the field as well.

"The ultimate goal is to play professional rugby and I've had that in my mind for the past few years now," he said.

"I guess it becomes more of a reality each day but if you're working hard for it, that's where you might get."

Topics:  australian schoolboys barbarians bishop druitt college coffs rugby snappers coffs snappers jack winchester rugby union



Scammers look for easy prey

BE ALERT: Lester Platts is spreading the word to be alert to computer scams.

Vigilance will save you

Lost in Paris to open French film festival

ON SCREEN: An eclectic program of 15 films at Screenwave's Vive la France! French Film Festival.

FANCY a French fizz in your step? A dose of cinematic champagne?

Test the brains trust with our weekend quiz

Test your general knowledge.

Local Partners

Group hug as council funds flow

Cultural grants help events


Challenge for cyclists of all levels and ages

This year's C.ex McDonald's Cycle Challenge is being held on Sunday, August 6. You can ride in the the 10km family ride, 20km, 40km, 60km, or the 100km challenge.

This year's cycle challenge is being held on Sunday, August 6.

New developments announced for Curryfest

TASTE TREATS: New developments for Curryfest 2017.

Fresh ideas and developments show no sign of slowing down.

VIDEO: Girls can feel safe at Splendour

Punters at Splendour in the Grass 2016 at Byron Bay.

High visibility police will be among the crowd at all times

Beauty blogger’s horribly racist product review

A POPULAR beauty blogger and model has come under fire for using a racist slur in a recent post.

Outrage as Ninja Warrior cuts Australia's fittest man

Adelaide’s James Newbury was mysteriously cut from the Ninja Warrior broadcast.

Australia's fittest man wasn’t good enough for Ninja Warrior.

Maggie's whirlwind trip around Japan

Maggie Beer pictured in a scene from her TV special Maggie in Japan.

Cooking icon serves up the best of Japanese cuisine in new TV show.

Exploring our complex relationship with the Southern Cross

Warwick Thornton in a scene from his documentary film We Don't Need A Map.

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton explores national identity, nationalism.

Ben will be cooking with Oma

Masterchef 2017 contestant Ben Ungermann.

MASTERCHEF'S last man standing will draw on his Dutch heritage.

Prince Charles and Camilla heading for Qld

Prince Charles and Camilla

It promises to be a holiday fit for a King

Eddie McGuire to come back as Footy Show co-host

Eddie McGuire at the Million Dollar Lunch annual fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Foundation in Melbourne, Friday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING

Footy Show axes Craig Hutchison, Sam Newman survives

Mum buys $900,000 apartment for her 8-year-old son

Tania Katsanis beat another couple of homeowners to secure the winning bid.

The apartment was a 'bargain' as the property market bottoms out

Owner tells of ghostly goings on at old Mackay pub

GHOST STORIES: Several people have died at the Mirani Hotel

Owner says pub is 'definitely haunted'

Developers 'pushing the envelope' with subdivisions

Darren Boettcher.

"When I said the block couldn't be subdivided, he just walked out"