Tamworth pair to soak up the Otago experience

ONE’S a half back who used to play fullback and the other is a hooker who can play flanker.

Together Cameron Young and Mikey Carr will make a good combination when they head to Balclutha in New Zealand’s Otago region of the South Island this week to play a season of rugby union.

The two Tamworth teenagers fly  out Saturday.

Both have had extensive representative experience in the junior ranks after learning their game at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School.

Young, 19, played most of his early rugby as a fullback for Farrer before being switched to halfback in Central North and Country Under 17 and 18 teams.

“I like playing halfback,” Young, formerly from Muswellbrook, said.

Cameron’s father, Robert Young, himself a former Scottish schoolboy rugby representative, organised the trip to New Zealand for his son and Carr.

Young senior emigrated in the late 1990s to Australia and Muswellbrook where he has been dairy farming ever since.

Born in Scotland, Cameron has dual citizenship

It won’t be the first time he’s played overseas either, having toured South Africa with the NSW Country Under 18s two seasons ago.

“I’m kooking forward to it,”  Young said.

“Dad’s organised jobs and accommodation for us.

“It’ll be similar to playing in Central North.” 

While he’s been out in the workforce for more than a year, Carr finished his HSC at the end of last year and has been working at Bunnings.

The 18-year-old has played hooker and prop during his junior days as well as flanker.

Last year he played for both the Central North U18s and U20s but did miss out on a fair bit of football.

“I was injured most of last year,” Carr said. “I tore my pec.”

He got back in time for the last couple of games and to help Moree (Farrer) take out the U18s premiership.

It was extra special getting to share it with his schoolmates.

“That was great. It was really good to win a premiership with all the boys from school,” Carr said.

When the opportunity to travel over to New Zealand and play rugby came up he jumped at it.

“I wanted to play footy there because of the culture of it,” he said.

He’s been there for rugby tours twice, once with NSW Country and once with Farrer.

They will be pretty much straight into it.

 Balclutha has a trial game the first Saturday after they arrive.

The season proper kicks off in a couple of weeks.

Balclutha was one of the top teams in the competition last season.

“They went out in the semis I think,” Young said.

Both are expecting the football to be very tough.

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