SUPERSTAR: Roma's Reghan Ellevsen has been picked to play for Australia's under-18s touch team, having played just 12 games of the sport.
SUPERSTAR: Roma's Reghan Ellevsen has been picked to play for Australia's under-18s touch team, having played just 12 games of the sport. Tom Gillespie

The Roma boy playing for Australia after just 12 games

TOUCH: Most sports-people spend years dedicating their life to earn the chance to play for their country.

For Roma’s Reghan Ellevsen, it took 12 games.

The formidably-built 14-year-old has been selected to play in the Australian under-18s side against New Zealand in what has been a rapid ascension in the sport.

Citing Dragons play-maker Benji Marshall as his idol, Reghan admitted not even he could have imagined he’d play for his country in such a short space of time.

“I found out last week (I was playing for Australia),” he said.

“I played two games here in Roma, then tried out for Queensland Trials and got picked and then I played in Nationals.

“So I’ve played about 12 games of touch footy.”

His mother Jo, who made sure her son got to State Trials, said representative honours were not uncommon for Reghan.

“But this isn’t just rep footy – this is playing for your country!” she said.

“I’m pretty proud – he’s pretty athletic so he’s been playing representative sport for years in many different sports.”

Reghan will have to play the waiting game for the moment, with the series against New Zealand in Auckland not until November 4-5.

But in the meantime, he’s going spend a while mastering a sport he is quite new to.

“It’s kind of like footy, but much faster – the rules are essentially the same,” he said.

Roma has a history of producing talented touch footy players who go on to representative honours.

Emilee Cherry, who will represent Australia in Rio next month in rugby sevens, was scouted will she was playing touch football.

The family are seeking sponsorship to help cover the costs of sending Reghan overseas. For more information, send an email to lots_of_us@hotmail.com.


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