Sydney University continue to be well represented in the elite programs, with hooker Nathan Charles and second rower David McDuling both being selected in the Australian under 20s side set to compete in the Junior World Championship held in Japan in June.
19 year old McDuling debuts in his selection in the 2nd row, whilst his Sydney University 1st Grade team mate Charles takes the experience of the 2008 Championship which was played in Wales.
At such a young age, 20 year old Charles comes off a season at the ACT Brumbies and is already one of the most mobile and consistent front rowers in the Tooheys New Shute Shield.
Sydney University 1st Grade field a fairly young side in the NSW Competition and with many of the more experienced players fulfilling Super 14 and International commitments and it is impressive to see players such as McDuling and Charles who have progressed into the line-up within the Club and earn an honorable selection such as this. In only his second year at the Club, McDuling has been rewarded for his strong performances with a regular spot in 1st Grade and his size and maturity as a player is far beyond his age.
After a shoulder reconstruction kept him sidelined for most of the 2008 season, Club captain Pat McCutcheon, is back on the field, and has already gained himself selection in the Australian 7s squad for 2009. McCutcheon is joined by his team mate Ben McCalman who has similarly achieved this honour on the back of an already successful representative career, having played for Australian under 20s in 2008.
With the Australian under 20s set to go into Camp next Friday to prepare for the Championship and the Sevens Squad scheduled to depart on Sunday, it presents opportunities for players in 1st Grade as they prepare to take on Eastwood on May 23 and Manly the following week at Sydney University No 1 Oval.
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