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Young recruit still keen despite 62-0 flogging

Harrison Madge looks to make a tackle for the Gladstone Goats U17 side as they were narrowly beaten 7-3 by Frenchville. It was Gladstone’s only home match of the season.
Harrison Madge looks to make a tackle for the Gladstone Goats U17 side as they were narrowly beaten 7-3 by Frenchville. It was Gladstone’s only home match of the season. Mike Richards GLARUFI

TOM Wright has not played a lot of rugby union, but even a 62-0 loss could not turn him off the game.

Wright's team was trounced comprehensively by Frenchville in the game at Meteor Sports Park at the weekend, but the young forward remained upbeat.

Wright was introduced to rugby union by a friend and he plans to stick with the game while still pursuing rugby league.

"I am going to go with league and then union in the off-season," the 15-year-old said.

The biggest problem for Wright is that he is still trying to understand the intricacies of rugby union.

"The fitness is different, you need to be fit to be in rugby league but rugby union is harder," he said.

"In the back of your mind as well you think you are going to get penalised for clearing the ruck."

While Wright continues to learn the game, teammate Tom Jackson is leading the way as a rugby union player from years ago.

After nearly a decade in the sport, Jackson is loving having a few converts in the side.

"It is getting better, it is a good bonding experience for everyone," Jackson, 15, said.

"There are even a few boys from my rugby league team I asked to have a go."

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