Thomas Thrilled at Opportunity to Represent Country

Updated: June 14, 2018
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Ryley Thomas is eager to impress and will take last year’s experience with him to Papua New Guinea after being selected in the Country Under-23’s Representative side for the second year in a row.

Thomas, a Monaro Representative and West Belconnen player, believes the Representative tour gives Country players a chance to showcase their talent and acts as a pathway to higher levels of Rugby League.

“It’s a big privilege,” Thomas said.

“It lets us represent where we come from; gets us exposure and people can see the talent coming from the Country.”

“It will be a good experience there; the Papua New Guinean People love Rugby League and their community really get around it so I’m looking forward to heading over there and getting a game in.”

Thomas, who co-captained the Country Under-18’s Representative side in 2013, affirmed that playing against Samoa and Scotland with the representative side last year gave the team experience that bettered their game.

“It was a big learning curve last year playing against Samoa and Scotland as their warm up games for the World Cup.

“Getting exposure against those types of teams has definitely helped my footy and I know it helped the other guys with moving onto higher honours in the New South Wales and Queensland Cups.”

Thomas acknowledged that he is excited to play in PNG with four of his Monaro team mates and hopes the four Northern Rivers players selected will bring with them the tough style of football they showed in the Under-23’s Country Championships final last month.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the Northern Rivers guys and playing with a wide variety of talent because six regions will be represented.”

The Country Under-23’s Representative tour will kick-off in early October.