Schoolboys thrilled to represent Australia

On the rise: Tevita Smith-Cottrell, Tyrell Fuimaono and Robert Jennings are taking the next step in their careers after being selected in the Australian Schoolboys. Geoff Jones

On the rise: Tevita Smith-Cottrell, Tyrell Fuimaono and Robert Jennings are taking the next step in their careers after being selected in the Australian Schoolboys. Geoff Jones

PATRICIAN Brothers' College students Tyrell Fuimaono, Robert Jennings and Tevita Smith-Cottrell have been named to the 2014 Australian Schoolboys rugby league squad.

The boys were very pleased with being selected to higher honours.

The Australian Schoolboys will tour Europe and Britain in November and December, playing up to seven games including against the England Academy.

For Jennings, an 18-year-old from Quakers Hill, to travel overseas with learning experiences was a big plus.

"It was good to make it," Jennings said.

"It'll be a good experience to go around the world.

"I'm just glad I got picked.

"I want to learn new things and on the other side of the world it'll be a new experience."

Fuimaono was excited to meet people and looked forward to the tight bonds produced by a long tour.

"I want to make some new friends, because the team is from all over Australia," he said.

"This tour means mateship and good experiences in another country."

Smith-Cottrell, 18, said he was pleased and ready to participate.

"It's just a dream come true," he said.

"All the other years I had an injury, so I'm sweet now."

All three of these young men are already forging careers in rugby league.

Fuimaono plays in the Parramatta under-20 team and represented NSW in a recent under-18 State of Origin clash against Queensland.

Smith-Cottrell is a promising player on the South Sydney Rabbitohs under-20 squad.

Jennings — the younger brother of Sydney Roosters star Michael Jennings — has turned out for the Penrith Panthers SG Ball side as well as the NSW Cup side this year and is touted as the best player in his family.

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