Stallions' rising stars

Brandon Williams and Richard Bensley will represent the Southern Stingrays at the CRL Under 18 Championships in Wollongong this long weekend.

Brandon Williams and Richard Bensley will represent the Southern Stingrays at the CRL Under 18 Championships in Wollongong this long weekend.

THE Group 16 rugby league competition may be taking a break over the long weekend, but there is no rest for two of Cooma's rising stars.

Cooma Stallions under 18 players Richard Bensley and Brandon Williams will represent the Southern Stingrays in the Country Rugby League Under 18 Regional Championships, held in Wollongong this weekend.

The pair was selected as part of a combined side with group 7 players from the South Coast Competition. Their first match is on Saturday, June 7, against the Greater Northern Tigers.

Vice-President of the Cooma Stallions, Mark Williams, said the boys will be playing a standard of league which will benefit them for the remainder of the season and beyond.

"Congratulations to both of the boys, we hope they enjoy the weekend's experience," Mr Williams said.

Wollongong's Sid Parrish Park and Collegians Sporting Complex will host the championships, providing the budding league stars with an opportunity to play at some of the best venues in country NSW.

"It shows what dedication and ability can lead to, as emphasised by the four other Cooma juniors currently playing in the NRL and in the Canberra under 20s," Mr Williams said.

The Cooma Stallions and Cooma Colts have a rich history in producing quality rugby league players. Cooma has two players applying their trade in the NRL. Brett White will line up for the Canberra Raiders in their home clash against Brisbane this Monday.

While former Raider, now Dragons player, Sam Williams, has played a number of NRL and NSW Cup matches this season. He missed last week's game for the NSW Cup side, the Illawarra Cutters, due to a broken finger.

The Raiders National Youth Competition side features two Cooma players; Thomas Cronan and Jack Williams.

Cooma junior rugby league looks to be in safe hands, with the Colts represented by 11 sides across the junior competitions.

"It's a testament and just rewards for the Cooma Colts committee that there are 11 sides in the Canberra competition, including three division one teams," Mr Williams said.

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