Neilsen Joins Junior Blues Ranks

Updated: June 12, 2019
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Country representative Finnley Neilsen was thrilled with his experience as a Junior Blue in the NSW Under-16’s squad that had a resounding 36-6 win over the Pasifika Under-16’s team at Belmore on Sunday.

Lock forward Neilsen says representing NSW for the first time was an honour, after scoring under the posts right before half-time to give his side a handy 18-0 lead.

“I was pretty excited,” Neilsen said.

“The intensity was similar to when we played City – it was a very fast game and there wasn’t much of a break for the first 15 minutes.

“I scored under the posts and it was awesome when the crowd went up and the boys surrounded me.

“Representing NSW – it’s something I had always wanted to do especially doing it this young, I thought was pretty cool.”

Parkes Marist representative Neilsen played alongside Ryan Foran, Reef Sommerville, Tom Weaver and Oskar Bryant who will be touring the UK in November for NSW Country and Neilsen believes playing with a mix of players in various representative sides is valuable.

“It was pretty good getting to meet different fellas who I might play with again down the track.

“I also got to know the Country boys a little bit better again; I think we’re all getting pretty close now.

“After you play a game everyone starts to gel better and you get around each other a lot more.”

After playing for Parkes Marist for the last 11 years and Captaining the Andrew Johns Cup Western Rams side last year, Neilsen hopes he can continue on the CRL representative pathway.

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“It’s one of my goals for next year to try and make the Laurie Daley squad and if I can make that try and make Country again but Rams is first priority.

“It would be pretty good to be coached by Kurt Hancock and learn some new things next year.”

The NSW Country Under-16’s squad will be joined by the Under-18’s and play three games in tour in the United Kingdom in November.

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