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The Australian Schoolboys rugby league football
team to play New Zealand in a two-test series
later this year has been announced, and it includes
Bombala’s very own, Ky Rodwell.
“To play for my country, means everything to
me,” says Ky, who has been working towards
this achievement, setting a personal goal back in
February this year.
The team was named last weekend, following the
Australian Secondary School’s Under-18 National
Championships in St Mary’s, Sydney. The selection
process has been ongoing since February this year;
Ky qualifying in three Sydney zones, before being
selected to represent NSW and now Australia. The
National Championships saw six teams competing
against each other, with Ky being the only
schoolboy in his ‘Sydney Reds’ team, who was
selected for the Australian Schoolboys crew.
The Australian Schoolboys squad will tour New
Zealand in September, after an intensive five-
day training camp on the Gold Coast. The team
consists of 17 players, under coach Mr. Tony
Adams, from Victoria University Secondary College
in Melbourne. Ky will don jersey eight, after being
selected front row/prop by the NRL Australian
selectors. The squad will fly to Auckland on 22
September, the first test match to be played in
Rotorua on 26 September and the second test
match in Auckland on 30 September.
Ky’s love for rugby league began playing year
after year of junior football for Bombala and Eden.
In 2014, Ky was playing in the Group 16 Under-15
rep team against the Under-15 South Sydney
rep team in Cooma. After the game, manager of
South Sydney, Tony Henderson approached the
Rodwell family and asked whether Ky could move
to Sydney. He relocated from his hometown of
Bombala at the beginning of 2015 at just 15-years
of age. It was here, that his NRL career with
South Sydney juniors began. Just a year later, Ky
was offered a two-year senior contract with the
Rabbitoh’s and in April this year, he was selected
to play in Under-20s, which came as another
surprise for the ambitious
man with a bright career
ahead of him.
from home, Ky says his
biggest inspiration is his
family who, “support
me the whole way,
always pushing me
to do my best.”
High School in
Sydney and an
apprenticeship in plumbing, Ky also
has to factor in his lengthy training
schedule, dedicated entirely to his
football... and the lead up to the
Australian schoolboy’s test match.
Currently his training consists of
four days a week, three hours a
day including fitness gym sessions,
field, strength and conditioning.
Ky says training and playing against
other guys in the Under-20s has helped a
lot with his development this year.
“If I keep on playing well in Under-20s, hopefully
this can lead into playing first grade for the
Rabbitoh’s,” he humbly comments.
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