Macksville High School student David Styles has been chasing a spot on the representative rugby team for the last few years, and now at long last, he has reached his goal.
From Tuesday, May 21 to May 23 the 17-year-old will play with the rugby union North Coast team at the NSW CHS Championships held at Pittwater Rugby Park, Warriewood.
"It's my first time playing for the North Coast team; I'm a bit nervous and excited. I was nearly selected a few times before, but this time I got there," he said.
The code-hopper has more than ten years of experience in rugby, and plays for the Bowraville Tigers rugby league team on the weekends, and also in the Macksville High School teams, the Swampies and Mantas.
"I started playing when I was seven, a few mates got me into it because I was a big fella, I've been playing ever since," David said.
"I usually train two times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, I also play over the weekend as well."
With another year and a half of schooling left, David, like a lot of year 11 students, is starting to consider his future and despite his talent, he is keeping all options open.
"I wouldn't mind playing rugby professionally, but I will look at other options and see what happens," he said.
"I'm thankful to my Mum, Dad, brother and all the coaches for the support they've been giving me."
Macksville High School teacher Nathan White has been coaching one of the school teams for the last three years and is thrilled that two of the players from the school have made it to the representative level.
"It's a great effort for the boys; we are very proud of them. They've beaten out some excellent players from the city; it's tough for kids from the country to make these teams," he said.
"Most of the players on the school teams already know how to play the game, most of my job is trying to get them to play well as a team."