BIG STEPS: The under-19s representatives from Whitsundays Sam Cornish, Aden Spence, Taine Browne and Ben Cornish.
BIG STEPS: The under-19s representatives from Whitsundays Sam Cornish, Aden Spence, Taine Browne and Ben Cornish. Contributed

Whitsunday rugby representatives strong in Townsville

RUGBY UNION: The Mackay Stingers under-19s representative side headed to Townsville over the weekend with a strong contingent of Whitsunday players.

While the results didn't go the way of the Stingers with a few heavy defeats, five juniors made the trek to compete in the annual North Queensland championships.

Young Whitsunday guns Taine Browne, Sam Cornish, Ben Cornish, Aden Spence and Bayden Hagger all were picked for the U19s Stingers.

A further three Whitsunday players were selected for the mens Stingers side including Ben Harries, vice captain Ryan Edkins and English import Nathan Britten.

It marks a nice progression for Harries who was selected in the U19s side last year and has been a staple of representative union sides in north Queensland.

The Stingers U19s and mens sides travelled on Friday to play the series against Townsville Brolgas and Cairns Thunder over the weekend.

The U19s played commendably with such a small training preparation but it was always going to be a tough competition for them.

From the weekend a team was selected to represent North Queensland to play at the Queensland country championships in Bundaberg at the start of June to compete against Central Queensland and South Queensland. Players from these games can then be selected to represent Queensland country in their respective grades.

In the end only two Stingers players were selected for north Queensland and Britten was the only one chosen from the Whitsundays. He will represent North Queensland in June.


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