Aitken named in Australian side

Euan Aitken (middle) models the Australian jumper with his Illawarra Sports High School teammates Thomas Freebairn and Jackson Hastings.
Euan Aitken (middle) models the Australian jumper with his Illawarra Sports High School teammates Thomas Freebairn and Jackson Hastings.

Former Merimbula Pambula Bulldog Euan Aitken will don the green and gold after being named in the under 18 Australian Secondary Schools rugby league team.

Aitken was named as centre in the 17-man squad that will tour New Zealand in September and October.

The Illawarra Sports High School student will be joined in the team by his schoolmates Thomas Freebairn and Jackson Hastings.

Aitken was chosen after his standout performance with the NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) team that contested the recent Australian Schoolboys Championships held at Cairns.

The NSWCHS side won the championship after defeating arch rivals Queensland 26-22 in a thrilling final.

The side went through the competition undefeated and recorded a number of massive wins along the way, including a 68-8 victory over the ACT and having defeated NSW Combined Independent Schools 58-8.

Australian Secondary Schools rugby league team to tour New Zealand: 1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 2 Sione Mata’utia, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Marion Seve, 5 Nathan Davis, 6 Jayden Nikorima, 7 Jackson Hastings, 8 Vincent Leuluai, 9 Jenan Wedderburn-Parrish, 10 George Fai, 11 Royce Hunt, 12 Tyrell Fuimaono, 13 Cheyne Whitelaw, 14 Joey Lussick, 15 Thomas Freebairn, 16 Willis Meehan, 17 Lamar Manuel-Liolevave.

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