Lindsay Ashby (coach) and Kade Tennyson. Kade Tennyson has been named in the Qld Country Heelers Rugby Union side that will play two matches later this month against USQ and NSW Country.
Lindsay Ashby (coach) and Kade Tennyson. Kade Tennyson has been named in the Qld Country Heelers Rugby Union side that will play two matches later this month against USQ and NSW Country. Brooke Duncan

Rising star

RUGBY UNION: At 17-years-old Chinchilla's Kade Tennyson is quickly becoming a rugby union star.

Making the switch from rugby union to play for the River Rats this season, coach Lindsay Ashby said Tennyson has been "instrumental” in the club's success so far.

Tennyson has now been selected to play in the Queensland Country Heelers Rugby Union side to play two matches later this month against UQ and NSW Country.

For Tennyson, it's a fantastic achievement.

"It's great, coming from a small country town I guess to be able to play in such a high level team,” Tennyson said.

"It's a great opportunity.”

The selection marks the first time a Chinchilla player has been chosen for the side.

Ashby explained the announcement comes after Tennyson was selected in the Darling Downs Under 19 squad to play the South Queensland Championships, and in the Queensland Country Championships.

He said he expected Tennyson to go far in a rugby union career "if he is prepared to work hard and be disciplined in his goals”.

"It's very rare that a single player could influence outcomes of matches after only playing a few matches themselves, but Kade has done exactly that.”

"I have that much faith in him that we have almost based the River Rats attack around Kade which at 17-years-old, I doubt many coaches would take that gamble, but sometimes you have to respect the players ability and forget about what age they are.”

For Tennyson, he hopes the selection will help forge a pathway into professional football.

"I'd love to play footy professionally, would be good.”

The games will take place on June 28 and June 30.


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