Crompton in Origin curtain-raiser
NICK Crompton is a young man on a mission.
Today he jets off to Sydney to go into camp with his NSW under-16 teammates in the lead-up to next Wednesday's curtain-raiser to the first State Of Origin game in Melbourne.
Crompton, 15, a student at St Joseph's College Banora Point, was a member of the Gold Coast Titans' Harold Matthews side which made its debut this year.
He isn't the only young Titan to play for NSW, with halfback Sam Short, who attends Palm Beach Currumbin High School, also heading to the camp in Narrabeen.
While he is proud to pull on the Blues jersey, Crompton can see the funny side of his selection.
“I play for a Gold Coast team but I'm playing for my home state,” Crompton said.
Being selected came as a surprise for Crompton who said he didn't think he would make it.
“I'm not the biggest prop who trialled, so I didn't expect to be selected,” he said.
“It's a bonus to have Sam there as well. It will make things a bit easier.”
Crompton, who plays for South Tweed in the Tweed Byron Group 18 Junior Rugby League competition, is looking forward to camp, which will run until Tuesday, when the players make their way to Melbourne.
“I know a few of the guys in the Queensland side, so it should be an interesting game playing in the dome,” Crompton said.
The under-16 game kicks off at 6.15pm and then the boys get some of the best seats in the house to watch the opening Origin encounter.
While Crompton's school mates might not all be cheering for the Blues next Wednesday night, they will be proud that one of their own is flying the flag for the Tweed.