Young rising rugby union player, Connor Moore, has just returned from a tournament on the Gold Coast where he helped the state Under 18 Schoolboys Division 2 side take home the silverware.
Sixteen-year-old Connor, of Two Wells, currently plays in the Under 18 team for the Barossa Rams and dreams of one day playing for a team in the Australian competition.
The eight-day tournament saw teams from around the country as well as New Zealand take part, with Connor saying the competition was fierce.
“It was very challenging, especially playing the New Zealand teams because they are bred pretty much into rugby,” he said.
“They’ve been playing a lot longer than I have, they’re more experienced and faster that us, but I was able to match them in the scrums, which was good.”
One of the youngest on the team, Connor has previously been selected in the Under 15 and Under 16 state teams and trains up to five nights a week.
He plays tight head or prop positions, which means he’s often used as the “muscle” of the team, and takes some of the big hits at the front of the scrum.
Players in this position commonly weigh more than 100 kilograms and with Connor just 88kg, he makes up for his lack of bulk with strength and speed.
Connor is hoping to continue his rugby union success by receiving a sporting scholarship to a city or interstate school, and hopes one day to play the sport he loves professionally.
“I always get better after state competitions because it gives me more perspective on what I have to work on,” he said.