Toowoomba trio called in Queensland rugby squad
RUGBY : Three Garden City sevens stars will play key roles in Queensland's national title hopes this weekend.
Lily Black, Chloe Cocks and Jada Ferguson will line-up for the under-17 Reds on the Sunshine Coast.
With the squad named less than a week before the championships, the trio will draw on their experience and the bond they developed through South West Rugby and Darling Downs 7s competition.
"It's really exciting we're all here together," Ferguson said.
"We were runners-up at the state titles together with the (Darling) Downs team, and we've played in Toowoomba teams.
"I think that brings us pretty close together which is good.
"We (the Reds) are a pretty fast team, we're not very big but we are fast.
"The competition will be tough, but I think we'll go all right."
Working in the forwards, Ferguson will look to feed the ball to Cocks who admitted her selection at flyhalf was a bit of a shock.
"I wasn't really expecting it (selection)," Cocks said.
"There were so many awesome players in the positions that I normally play so I was surprised and happy to be selected.
"I normally play at half, but the last few games I played at flyhalf and I think that really paid off for me."
Downs Rugby general manager Matthew Hammond said the selection of the trio pointed to the strength of rugby in the region.
"It's a fantastic achievement when you consider how many girls they beat out to be selected," he said.
"They've progressed through the ranks from club to regional and QAS rugby.
"There's some real talent on show in the region, and I think the Downs will be producing Olympians in years to come."
Originally published as Toowoomba trio called in Queensland rugby squad