RUGBY LEAGUE: Representing your state in any sport is a rare opportunity and two young men from Dalby will wear the maroon jersey for Queensland next month.
Dalby Devils Lyhkan King-Togia and De La Salle Va'a have recently been selected to play in the Australian under 12s Rugby League Championships, representing Queensland.
The two boys, who attend Our Lady of the Southern Cross College and play for the Dalby Devils, performed brilliantly for Darling Downs at the recent state championships in Townsville.
Lyhkan was captain of the Darling Downs team and said the experience of the state championships was fantastic. He is excited for the opportunity to go to national championships, which will be held in Melbourne.
"I was captain and I got to lead the boys out; it was a great experience,” Lyhkan said.
The two boys were the only members of the Darling Downs team to be picked for Queensland, and for Lyhkan it was a selection that caught him by surprise.
"It (the Queensland selection) was unexpected,” he said
"I would like to have a good performance (at the carnival) and not play badly.”
De La Salle is a prop forward, who says he is wanting to put in a good performance at the national championships in August, and enjoy the event
"I am wanting to try my best and hopefully win,” De La Salle.
"I am looking forward to meeting all of the other teams and playing against them.”
The boys will head to Brisbane for a week-long training camp before flying to Melbourne for the championships which start on August 5.
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