Jacob Webster and Tim Bull have advanced through a rigorous selection process to be picked for the Under-15s Northern NSW Rugby League team to play in a three-day carnival in Newcastle.
Jacob and Tim are hoping to lead their team to victory in the competition but are also vying for selection into the NSW Schoolboys side.
The two Melville High School students are the only players from the Lower North Coast selected into the representative team.
The carnival is another step up, it’s really quick and tough.Jacob Webster
The Northern NSW side will face off against two Sydney teams, a Western NSW side, a Southern NSW team and a President’s side from May 28 to May 30.
The Northern NSW team is made up of players from Newcastle to the Queensland border.
Tim lines up for the Kempsey Dragons as a five-eighth but will take the field on the wing for the Northern NSW side.
Meanwhile Jacob will play in the front row and heads to the tournament for the second straight year.
Jacob was selected into the President’s team last year. The side is for players who missed initial selection or weren’t able to play in a trial match but are recognised as an elite player.
“The carnival is another step up, it’s really quick and tough and tests your ability and pushes you to your limit,” Jacob told the Argus.
“Having that experience of playing at it last year will definitely help, I am going there with the goal of making a real impact.”
Jacob is known for taking tough carries, bumping off players and getting an arm free for an offload.
Tim stood out at the Northern NSW trial at Coffs Harbour as he showcased his speed when he crossed for two tries against the Hunter Region representative side.
The two Kempsey Dragons juniors are keen to “rip in” and they’re hoping the carnival is another stepping stone towards one day playing in the NRL.
“We both want to get picked up for footy and play at the highest level one day,” Tim said.
“We will give it our all.”