Nick Murray is relishing the chance to mix it with the best schoolboys rugby talent in the country, and has already made a mark on the Australian Schools Rugby Championships.
The former Gunnedah Red Devils junior scored the second of his Combined States sides four tries in their opening 45-22 loss to NSW Schools 2 at St Ignatius College Riverview on Saturday.
Combined States were right in the contest at half-time with NSW ahead 19-17 but, Murray said, “couldn’t really seem to string anything together in the second half”.
Playing at half-back Murray, who is in Year 12 at St Joseph’s College started in both halves and saw about 45 of the 60 minutes.
He was selected in the Combined States team after impressive performances for the Great Public Schools (GPS) White side during the recent series of inter-association games.
“It was awesome to get the call-up and get asked to play,” he said.
The Combined States side is comprised of players from NSW and Queensland and have come together well, Murray said.
“We probably have the best chemistry in the competition,” he said.
They play their second game on Tuesday against Queensland 1 before tackling Western Australia on Thursday.
The championships wrap up on Saturday.