Jack Pinn is a promising young rugby star.
The St Xavier’s Year 6 student is just back from playing for the NSW Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) Invitational side.
School-mate Jonty Fower, who hails from Narrabri, was also part of the side, which played against different school sides over three days in Sydney.
They also had a tour of the Rugby Australia headquarters and had the chance to meet a couple of up and coming Waratahs.
Pinn’s mother Kate said it was a great experience for the 12-year old.
“He had a lot of fun,” she said, adding that one of the main things he took away from it was meeting some like-minded boys.
“And playing that level of footy is always a good experience. There was some unbelievable talent.”
The talented youngster has been playing rugby for the Red Devils since he was six and plays in the backrow.
The Sydney carnival was the culmination of a process that started with Pinn attending the Diocesan trials in Tamworth.
From there he went to Forbes for the Polding trials, and after being successful in making the side traveled to Coffs Harbour in August for the NSWPSSA Primary Rugby Championship.
It was the first time he had been away with Polding.
They had a good carnival finishing sixth, and from almost 300 players Pinn was – much to his surprise – selected in the invitational side.
Rugby isn’t his only sporting passion.
He is also a member of the Gunnedah Swimming Club and trains with Peter Louis at the Louis Tennis Academy.