A position with the NSW Waratahs is on the horizon for a young rugby union star.
That's how much of an impression teenage Port Macquarie Pirates blindside flanker Jack Tougher-Wells has made in a relatively short time.
The talented 18-year-old was selected last week in the NSW Country team after impressing at numerous selection trials.
He tested himself against the NSW Schoolboys on Sunday as he continued his meteoric rise through the rugby union ranks.
Scouts from several clubs in the Shute Shield - Sydney's premier grade competition - including Southern Districts, Warringah, Eastern Suburbs, Randwick and Norths have already made enquiries about luring Tougher-Wells to the big smoke.
"Being around that high level of coaching has definitely helped. Some of the scouts from the clubs in the Shute Shield have offered me a position," he said.
Selection in the NSW Country team is the highest level any junior rugby player can progress to at the moment.
Now Tougher-Wells' name is in front of selectors and talent scouts, some of the hard work has been done, although he is well aware there is a long way to go.
Playing for the NSW Waratahs is an item that rates highly on his rugby bucket list.
"Once your name is up on the list of good players (in the NSW Country setup) it definitely is a good stepping stone for the Waratahs or other teams," he said.
"It's definitely something I'd like to explore."
Tougher-Wells said club coach Darren Williams had played a significant role in his development since he picked up his first rugby ball little more than three years ago.
"Darren has been my coach since second year of under-16s and I haven't played much in the forwards but he's helped me out learn rugby heaps," he said.
"I was only new to rugby in under-15s when I came over, but he's been a big help in my footy."
Williams attributed the teenager's selection as reward for an ability not to shy away from hard work.
"He trains out of his skin and is 100 percent all the time; he's really committed," he said.
"He's always the first one at training and the last one to leave ... he's a dedicated kid."
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