Scone’s Tom Vincent has been selected to play rugby in Fiji and Samoa next year.
The 17-year-old will play in the Year 11 Country NSW Development Squad.
The road to selection in the development team began when Tom represented his school, St Joseph’s Aberdeen.
From here he trialed to play in the Central North All School Open Rugby Team and was selected to play along side Scone boys Tom Smart, Tom Bowcock and Kylan Kennedy.
The boys then played in this team at the NSW Country All Schools Championships held in Armidale over the long weekend.
It was from this competition that Tom was named to play in the NSW Country Development Team.
This group of 24 NSW country players will go on to compete in Samoa and Fiji, and Tom was the sixth person named in the squad.
This is an outstanding achievement for a boy who only started playing rugby two years ago.
“I’m pretty excited to be taking part in the Country Development Tour,” Tom said.
He converted over from rugby league and said he was enjoying playing rugby union.
“Tom Smart told me to have a go,” he said.
“I liked it after just one week”
“It has been going well, I prefer the game, it is a better game”.
Tom plays the position of front row tight head. He obviously has some talent in the game.
Having just started his playing days he was selected to be in the Country All Schools under 16 side last year.
On the weekends Tom plays for the Scone Brumbies under 18 side.
“The Scone rugby club has been very supportive of me,” he said.
“We are always looking for new recruits to play in the side.”
Given Tom’s progress in the game it may well be worth others joining the club.