The younger sides of Cowra-Canowindra Junior Rugby are eagerly anticipating this weekend's NSW Junior Rugby State Championships, with local team members donning no less than 12 Central West Rugby representative jerseys and two Country Rugby squad call-ups between them.
Set for the June long weekend at a range of venues, the State Championships are the players' latest challenge, coming straight after the NSW Country Championships held throughout last month for each age division.
For the Blue Bulls U14s, Cowra-Canowindra Walla products Riley Williams and Jack Bryant will take to the field (also selected was Ollie Krause, who unfortunately is out due to injury) and in the U13s, Hugh Williams is expected to continue his great form from the Country Championships at Salamander Bay.
Their CCN 14s team mate Georgie McCouat - a rugby debutante this year - had a great experience joining the 14s Blue Bullettes for girls at the start of May in Kiama.
For Cowra-Canowindra U12s, four of its players will run on this weekend for the youngest Blue Bulls side - Will Scammell, Cooper Williams, Hugh Nash and Tom Casey.
All competed too in the Country Championships, where their side came third in the U12 competition - an amazing achievement against larger sides such as Illawarra, Hunter and Central Coast.
Adding to icing to the cake from the Salamander Bay tournament was the selection of Riley Williams for the U14s NSW Country Rugby Squad, joining the announcement earlier in May for the 15s Country side to include Hamish Scott.
Both players were part of the Cowra-Canowindra grand final-making 14s side last year. Riley has played for both Cowra Eagles and Canowindra Pythons since Wallas, and this year has taken his rugby to a new level after injury sidelined him for much of last season.
Two more Cowra players - Josh Chalker and Tom Coghlan - will join Hamish on the field for the Blue Bulls 15s.
It's a massive achievement for the younger players of Cowra-Canowindra Junior Rugby.
The club, families and all local rugby supporters wish them the best for the weekend.
The U14s NSW Rugby State Championships will be hosted by Emus Rugby Club in Orange from June 12-14. For the U13 age group, Dubbo Roos Junior Rugby Club will be the host venue and for the U12s, it will be Camden Rugby club out at Camden Rugby Park.
The 15s will compete at Concord.
You can watch all the action of the younger Cowra Canowindra players at their State Championships via Cluch TV, an online streaming service.
Cowra-Canowindra Junior Rugby clubs always welcome new players. Please find us on facebook - search Canowindra Pythons or Cowra Eagle Junior Rugby Union.