Aria Hudson-Davies has been named in the QAS U15 girls rugby league squad.
Aria Hudson-Davies has been named in the QAS U15 girls rugby league squad. Chris Ison ROK041216cleague2

Aria following in family members' famous footsteps

RUGBY LEAGUE: It's little wonder Aria Hudson-Davies has proven a rugby league revelation when you look at the names that adorn her family tree.

North Queensland Cowboys' captain Johnathan Thurston is there, so too is former Brisbane Broncos player Jharal Yow Yeh.

"They are both my cousins,” Aria says nonchalantly. "I haven't met Johnathan but I see Jharal all the time.”

The two NRL stars would no doubt be marvelling at the inroads their young relation has made in her first year playing the game.

A member of the Emu Park Junior Rugby League Club, Aria has ticked every representative box possible in 2016.

She played for the Rocky Rustlers under-14 team, was selected for the CQ Capras and then made the Central Crows side which competed at the junior state carnival.

That culminated in her selection in the inaugural female under-15 Queensland Academy of Sport squad.

She is joined in the 21-member squad by another promising CQ junior - Haylea Lonergan from Central Highlands.

The players will be put through their paces at a training camp on the Gold Coast in January, where they will receive expert coaching and guidance in line with the program's aim to develop highly skilled and motivated players for future Queensland representation.

Aria's achievements are even more impressive given she does not get to play the game on a regular basis because there is no local girls competition.

She did play some rugby league at school and also practised regularly with the Emu Park senior women's squad.

Aria also fine-tunes some of her skills with older brother Blair in the back yard of the family's Emu Park home.

She is clearly excited about her inclusion in the squad and can't wait to get to the camp to learn more about the sport she loves.

Speed and defence are two great strengths of the 14-year-old's game and while she has played halfback and centre, she nominates lock as her preferred position.

"I like scoring tries and I really enjoy the teamwork. I've also made some good friends along the way,” she said.

Her ultimate goal is to play for Australia, just like her cousins, but for next season Aria is looking to repeat her achievements of season 2016.



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