Patrick to play in state team

Patrick Salima has only been playing rugby union for five months, but the 11-year-old has already been selected to play in the school state championships in Wagga in August.

Patrick (pictured), a Year Six student at Byron Bay Public School, is a member of the North Coast rugby union team.
A prop-forward, Patrick was first introduced to union at the start of 2010.

“I love it,” he said.

“It’s really fun, there’s lot of tackling.

“It’s a contact sport so you have to be careful, but luckily I haven’t been injured yet. I’m a fairly big boy, so that helps.”

Patrick won selection in the North Coast team after he tried out and was successful for the Far North Coast team.

 His next training with the North Coast team will be on June 13 in Grafton.

Patrick plays rugby union for Bangalow and also plays rugby league for the Red Devils.

“I have been playing league for two years, but I like union the best,” he said.

Formerly from Umina, Patrick moved to Byron Bay earlier this year with his African mum and German dad.

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