Squad selection

It is often said talent runs in families. For brothers Riley and Connor Moore this is clearly true, with both being selected to represent the state in the upcoming World Sport Rugby Carnival.

The carnival will be held on the Gold Coast from July 4-11 and is the first time 13-year-old Trinity College student Riley has been selected to wear the state colours.

Older brother Connor competed in the National Junior Gold Cup in February as part of the state Under 15 team.

Riley, who has high functioning autism, has been selected as part of a 24-member under 13 squad, which will compete against teams from across the nation and overseas.

He is currently playing his fourth year of rugby union for the Barossa Rams and trains up to three times a week.

Riley has also been chosen as the captain of the forward pack, which is a great achievement, says his proud dad, Shane, who says Riley is a dedicated and committed player who just loves the game of rugby.

What makes Riley’s selection even more memorable is the fact he only participated in one of four try-outs for the state team.

Selectors later watched Riley play for his club and selected him based on what they saw in those games.

Playing as a prop, Riley was last year awarded the Barossa Rams under 12 best forward trophy.

Best of luck at the carnival boys.

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