Fab four set to fly
BUNDABERG stars Barry Blackman, Shaun Collins, Waylon Eggmolesse and Tyrone Hopgood will get the chance to shine at a higher level tomorrow.
They will play for the Australian Indigenous team at the 2011 NSWRL/Cabramatta Rugby League International 9s in Sydney, and team manager Greg Appo, also of Bundaberg, expects big things both from them individually and the team.
The awesome foursome will line up alongside the likes of former NRL star Leo Dynevor, 2009 Queensland Cup premiership player Dennis Sandow, Queensland Rangers trump Shaun Daylight and ex-Australian Rugby Union Sevens flier Arthur Little.
Back rower John Feiloakitau played for Penrith in the National Youth League last year, while four other team members play in Sydney at various levels.
A total of 21 teams will line up for the day-long carnival, and the Indigenous side is pooled with Fiji and Japan, but Appo expects them to challenge for the title after their 2009 side won the carnival before last year’s side were beaten in the semi-finals by Balmain.
“We have had Andrew Walker the last few years and while we don’t have him this time, we have a better side than when we won it – we did not have players the calibre of Dennis Sandow, a brother of Souths NRL halfback Chris, and Shaun Daylight then,” Appo said.
“Tyrone is an outstanding back rower; Shaun Collins was man of the match in Wallaroos’ Bundy grand final win two years ago before playing for Chinchilla who were unbeaten last year; Barry Blackman is a freakish talent, and Waylon was Easts’ best player last year – they will certainly match it with the best.”