Division two pair end up in under-17 Harlequins
Coming from a small town is no disadvantage, according to the New Zealand Harlequins’ newest members, Taina Nicholas and Bryce McMullen.
The two 17- year- old Forest View High School students have won themselves spots on the Under-17 team.
As a Tokoroa player, McMullen said his selection proved anything was possible.
But what was more ‘‘ amazing’’ was their selection while they were in second division.
‘‘They don’t really look at division two as much because there’s always going to be the best in players in division one,’’ he said.
The pair were nominated by the school and selected by a scout who attended their home games
Competing against almost 100 players they managed to secure a spot in the 23-player squad.
At 95 kilograms, Nicholas took up the prop position and he is no stranger to a representative team.
And his experience in the Waikato side helped the 83kg fullback, McMullen.
‘‘ It’s pretty cool sharing the experience,’’ he said.
Training consists of up to six hours in Hamilton and is ‘‘more advanced’’.
The two made their debut in their first out of six games last week, winning 68-nil against the New Zealand Area Schools.
Catching opportunities: Taina Nicolas, front, and Bryce McMullen have caught an opportunity on the New Zealand under 17 Harlequins.