Boys get chance at big time

TONY BIRD
Last updated 05:00 10/11/2012

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Four talented Taranaki age group rugby league representatives have won the opportunity to impress talent scouts and coaching staff at various NRL clubs.

Haimona Hiroti, Paul Faga, Jarrod Morfett and Israel Davis head to various age group training camps/trials with Australian-based clubs in the next few weeks.

Hiroti and Davis are Sydney-bound after being invited to trial for the Rabbitohs under-18s for an age group league competition starting in February and going through to May.

Morfett has already signed a one-year deal with the Parramatta Eels in Sydney, while Faga has accepted the chance to attend a week-long Cronulla Sharks training camp in Christchurch being held in the lead up to Christmas.

A year 12 pupil of Spotswood College, Hiroti impressed as a member of the New Zealand Residents under-16 team that performed creditably in Queensland last month.

The 2012 sportsman of the year at his college, Hiroti has captured the attention of several NRL scouts. In the past 12 months, he has been to rugby league training camps run by the Rabbitohs, Melbourne Storm and Manly, choosing to go with the Rabbitohs.

Morfett, 17, has just finished his final year at Waitara High School.

The 100kg and 1.93m tall centre hit the headlines last winter when ruled ineligible to play for the Waitara Bears in the Western Alliance club competition by league's top brass because he was under 18 - the age requirement to play at that level.

Morfett will be returning to the his birth place when he begins his contract with the Eels late this year.

Faga, a schoolmate of Hiroti, played in the Vipers 17s and was recently named in the New Zealand under-18 team after being in the under-18 merit paper team last year.

Like Hiroti and Davis, Faga is a product of the Western Suburbs Tigers junior development structure.

Faga weighs 104kg and plays either prop or second rower and the year 12 student said he was looking forward to the week-long Cronulla training camp which starts on November 20.

Davis, 17, was first to head away - the year 12 New Plymouth Boys' High School student leaving for Sydney last Monday night. Davis played fullback for the Central Vipers 17s and his club side last season.

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