Selectors reward teen’s devotion
IF ANY NRL or Super Rugby club needs a promising centre and is willing to invest time in him, then call Regan Glynn.
Having left Hervey Bay in January to pursue his sporting dreams in Brisbane, the 16-year-old solidified his status as a rising star by being named in the Queensland Red team to contest the National Under-16 Rugby Union Championships in Sydney, starting on September 30.
After impressing selectors during an extensive trial process, through which 150 players were put through their paces over three weekends of training, Glynn was picked in the stronger of the two 23-man squads.
"I was new to rugby union this year and playing at a higher level with good players, I was stoked when I found out I had made the team," Glynn said.
"Being the new kid on the block and to be able to push myself is real great."
The 85kg, 181cm hard-running back has excelled on the field this year for St Patrick's College - a school with a strong reputation as a breeding ground for future stars having produced such talents as current Wallabies squad members Drew Mitchell and Jesse Mogg.
He also featured heavily in the 13-man code playing a major part in Norths Devils' Cyril Connell Cup triumph and playing for Aspley in the Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League U16 premier grade competition.
While he has made rapid strides since moving south, Glynn said leaving home at a young age had been a daunting move for him.
"It's been crazy," he said.
"It took a while for me to adjust to a new life and a new school.
"It's different but also a great culture."
Despite coming from a background in league, the Hervey Bay Seagulls junior made it clear he's keeping his options open.
Glynn said his work ethic would determine if he receives a shot with an NRL or Super Rugby club.
After struggling with the initial transition, Glynn said he was now handling the workload comfortably and relishing the step up.
"All the footy down here is at a whole new level," he said.
"Even club level is like playing rep up in Wide Bay.
"From training in Hervey Bay to here, you realise you have to step up and have to push yourself harder until you reach your goal."
Glynn's strong self-belief and hunger to succeed is exactly the sort of qualities he'll need at the national titles.
"It will be the highest level of union I've ever played so I'm expecting some big boys when I get down there," he said.
"Queensland Red has won the carnival two years in a row.
"We've got a good team and if we can win three times that would be great."