SELECTION in the Wingham first grade side for Sunday's Group Three Rugby League game against Wauchope caps a memorable week for teenager Lachlan Williams.
Williams will be making his debut in the 3pm match. Last weekend he was selected in the Country under 18 team to tour England in November. He represented North Coast in the Laurie Daley Cup last month as a centre.
"Mick (Sullivan) wanted me to play first grade last week,'' Williams explained.
"But I said I'd prefer to play 18s.''
However, Williams is now looking forward to playing first grade. He's not sure if nerves will be a factor on Sunday.
"I guess I just have to wait until game day,'' he said.
"But I can't wait.''
Captain-coach Mick Sullivan has made a couple of changes to the side that disappointed in the second half when going down to Forster-Tuncurry 16-12 last week.
Wingham captain-coach Mick Sullivan assured the Tigers aren't hitting the panic button after one loss.
"We showed a bit of shape early against Forster, but then the errors set in and we lost our way,'' he said.
However, Sullivan agreed the Tigers will have to cut down the mistakes rate if they are going to trouble the Blues, especially at Wauchope.
"Like I said last Sunday, I've never played in a game where there was so much dropped ball,'' Sullivan said.
He added it is only the first round and added a warm afternoon at Tuncurry made things difficult.
"If we made that many mistakes late in the year I would be worried,'' he said.
Michael Bailey missed the opening match and comes in on the wing.
Former Country representative second rower Tim Watson is available so Brodie Myer switches to the back of the scrum to the centres to replace Trent Green, who has work commitments. Brendan Butler is also back this week and will play up front.
Sullivan was also hobbling late in the game against Forster, but said he's in no doubt for Sunday.
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