Baillie proud to represent region and Queensland
LEAGUE: At the start of this year, playing for Queensland was the last thing on the mind of ATW's Rueben Baillie.
The 23-year-old, fresh from playing for the Sunshine Coast Falcons for the last two years in the Intrust Super Cup, was dealing with the death of team-mate James Ackerman from a sickening tackle during a game.
With the loss having an impact on his football and his love of the game, Baillie wanted nothing to do with it this year.
That was until he received a call from Bundaberg.
"I wasn't going to play and focus on work for year," Baillie said.
"Waves coach Ash Simpson asked me to come and play and I liked the idea of a challenge of bringing the team success."
From there Baillie has not looked back.
Playing half of the season as he juggles work and living on the Sunshine Coast, the second rower has scored seven tries.
Now he has been recognised for his season with selection to the Queensland Rangers as they face the New South Wales Ron Massey Cup team.
Originally not selected as part of the 17 man squad, Baillie got in after a late withdrawal.
Currently in camp for the match at Pizzey Park, Baillie said it has been a great experience so far.
"I got in camp Tuesday and been training twice a day as we get combinations together," he said.
"It's my first Queensland jersey so I'm very proud to wear the maroon."
Playing off the bench and expecting to be at lock when he comes on, Baillie said he has no expectations ahead of the match.
"For me, I'd just like to have fun and learn as much as I can," he said.
"I want to thank Waves as well. I really appreciate what they have done for me."
The Rangers will be in action at 4pm tomorrow.