Hewitt's home in Central Queensland's front row
TOM Hewitt has had to wait two years for another crack the Queensland Country Championships.
The Fraser Coast Mariners prop was named in last year's team for the Gold Coast-hosted representative rugby union carnival.
"We were down there, got on the bus to go to our game and found it was washed out,” he said. "We went to the pub instead.”
Hewitt and fellow Fraser Coast player Adam Ebert will line up for Central Queensland at Bundaberg this weekend.
They are joined by six other Wide Bay Whales, who hope to succeed at their home venue.
Hewitt started playing rugby at Xavier Catholic College about 15 years ago.
"I played all through school, and was lucky enough to be picked up by the Sunshine Coast Stingrays when they were around,” Hewitt said.
"I know half a dozen of the South Queenslanders are quality players but I don't know many else.
"We've got a new squad this year. We've started to gel a bit better but we'll throw it around on Saturday and be ready by the first game.”
North Queensland faces SQ on Friday night. CQ face NQ on Saturday night then SQ on Sunday.
"I'm getting pretty excited. It's a lot closer to home this year so hopefully we can get everyone down there,” Hewitt said.
The event starts tonight.