Broncos wait for Lee
COFFS Harbour rugby league player Brandon Lee will make the five-match tour of Britain and France with the Australian Institute of Sport touring party.
It's an exciting development just before taking up a full-time career with the Brisbane Broncos and the result of two years of solid effort to earn his place on the trip.
Lee also won the under-18 Group 2 title this season with his Comets teammates.
Father Peter said completing the HSC is Brandon's next priority before leaving Australia on November 16.
"The boys are away for 28 days and as soon as he gets back it's up to Brisbane for pre-season training," he said.
"He gets a small break for Christmas and then everything really gets under way.
"After doing 12 months pre-apprenticeship as a plumber with Barry Smith he'll start full-time work with a contractor, as all the under-20s must have a job.
"He'll be living in a house with other Broncos players, so it's all pretty full-on."
The AIS tour begins with matches in France, at St Gaudens and Toulouse.
Then it's over to Wales for a match at Rugby Park, in Caerphilly, before two matches in Yorkshire, against England under-17s and the British Community Lions.
And Bellingen High teacher Peter Denham has coached the Australian Schoolboys team to victory in New Zealand.
The team narrowly lost the opening game of its tour 28-26, before bouncing back to record a 40-16 win against New Zealand Residents under-18s.
Denham, a former Australian Schoolboy, was impressed with the achievements of his players.
"The boys were so easy to coach," he said.
"They analysed the DVD of last week's game and addressed the areas that needed to be improved upon.
"Our aim was to finish strong and that's just what we did.
"I'm really proud of our boys and their performance off the field has also been exceptional.
"They have represented Australian Schoolboys with pride."
There will be a change of scenery for highly rated coach Denham once he returns to these shores.
He will take up the position of head teacher of health and physical education at Orara High School.
Meanwhile, ARL Development has appointed highly credentialed Paul Chambers to replace Mike Castle.
"In my new role one of the things in the brief is to offer courses locally to up-skill people currently involved in league," Chambers said.