IT'S exciting times for Farrer trio Connor Size and Angus and Lachlan WIndred.
On top of a grand final on Saturday, the three were recently informed they've been selected to be part of the Waratahs NSW Elite Youth Rugby Union Development Squad.
The squad identifies and develops emerging talent as a pathway into Super Rugby.
Excited by the opportunity, the boys are a bit sketchy on the finer details but will find out more about what is involved when they head down to Sydney to meet with Waratahs U20s coach Tim Rapp this week.
“We start training in October and then finish in February,” Angus Windred said.
Around training they'll also play games against the Waratahs U20s and the U20s sides from the other Super Rugby franchises.
Neither of the boys really had any idea about the squad until they were contacted.
“I've got two of my mates that are in it, All the Sydney boys got notified first. After that I got an email about it,” Angus said.
“It was a bit of a shock to make it.”
They'll pretty much go down as soon as they finish their HSC.
For Size it comes only a couple of weeks after he was named in the Australian U18s rugby 7's squad.
Part of their program is a tour to New Zealand in December.
The first priority for the boys though is Saturday's U18s grand final.
It's likely to be the last, for a while at least, with all three signing with Northern Suburbs next season.
They'll be opposing each other with the two Windred's lining up for Pirates and Size for Barraba.
The Windred boys will partner up in the centres, while Size has been named at fullback.
It will be his third successive 18s grand final.
“But I haven't won one yet,” he said.
Both he's lost to Pirates. Last year Pirates winger Josh Devine scored in injury-time to snatch it from the Rams. There was some consolation for Size, named the player of the grand final.
The ledger is slanted towards the Rams heading into Saturday. They've won two of their three encounters including the major semi-final two weeks ago.
“We've just go to hold onto the ball really and keep our discipline under control. That's our main killer,” Size said.
Discipline is probably the main thing for Pirates too, Windred said, as well as knowing when to seize their opportunities.
“On paper and stats we have the best attack in the competition,” he said.
He said last week's preliminary final win over Tamworth was probably as close to their best as they've played.
Their final will kick-off at 11.25am following the 16s decider between Tamworth and the Rams.
Pirates and Moree will then play for the second grade premiership.