PIRATES player Ryan Kenny-Wilson has had some strong performances at club and representative level pay off with selection in the NSW Country Colts team.
Kenny-Wilson will play at Country level for the second consecutive year after being picked in the under 18s team last season.
He'll join Wauchope Thunder captain Tom Blanch in the team.
Kenny-Wilson was thrilled with his selection.
"I'm pretty stoked, pretty happy," he said.
He plays breakaway with Pirates, but Kenny-Wilson wears the number eight jersey for the MNC Axemen.
Kenny-Wilson picked up a couple of tries in a muddy NSW Country Championships at Bowral. He pulled no punches when talking about the playing surface.
"Terrible conditions to play in," Kenny-Wilson said.
"It was hard to do everything.
"But I think the whole team played pretty well."
His Pirates haven't been travelling as well as the would like in the Mid North Coast competition, but there is still plenty of time to lift.
"There's heaps of improvement to go," Kenny-Wilson said.
They will play a big derby against the Hastings Valley Vikings this weekend.
He's in great shape thanks to Port Macquarie's High Performance Centre and the Emerging Athletes program.
Kenny-Wilson trains there three times per week.
"Then I've got gym on the side and footy training," Kenny-Wilson said.
"It's hard to fit it all in, but I'm managing."
Sydney University Colts, Queensland Country and NSW City matches are all on the cards for the Cockatoos team.
"The games haven't all been confirmed yet," Kenny-Wilson said.