Bombala product Ky Rodwell’s star continues to rise after a golden performance playing for Australia at the weekend.
Rodwell, along with fellow South Coaster Jack Murchie, from Milton-Ulladulla, helped guide the Australian under 23s squad to victory at the 2018 Rugby League Commonwealth Championships, held at Redcliffe's Dolphin Stadium.
Rodwell’s sister Keiarna was glowing about his performance, posting a photo and comments to her Facebook page.
“So bloody proud of my twin! I absolutely loved having the privilege of coming to Brisbane to watch you play!
“You smashed it even when you were injured. You have the strongest determination out of anyone I have met and you are continuously turning dreams into reality!
“You are not only doing your family proud but your entire community!”
Rodwell has been contracted to the South Sydney Rabbitohs and plays in their SG Ball squad, while also building game time through development side North Sydney Bears in the Jersey Flegg competition.
Meanwhile, this was the second time Canberra Raiders forward Murchie had played in the nine-a-side tournament, going one better then four years ago in Scotland, when Australia lost the final to Papua New Guinea.
“It’s such an incredible feeling knowing you really achieved something special with a great group of boys,” Murchie said.
“Playing in a team where everyone turns up for one another in defence is great.
“You’ve just go to look at how little points we conceded across the tournament and it really shows we were doing that.”
Australia only conceded one try the whole first day, as it chalked up wins against Wales (32-nil), Scotland (36-nil) and Fiji (24-4).
The team, coached by Adrian Lam, then defeated Samoa 18-10 in the semi-final before edging out Tonga 14-8 in the final.
“It’s always amazing to be able to pull on that green and gold jumper and play for your country – I loved every minute of it,” Murchie said.
“The boys were outstanding across the whole weekend on and off the field, and the scorelines showed that.”