Rugby league player Elijah Anderson will represent Queensland at the national rugby 7s titles this weekend.
Rugby league player Elijah Anderson will represent Queensland at the national rugby 7s titles this weekend. Allan Reinikka ROK081216aelijah4

Teenager to represent Qld at national rugby 7s titles

RUGBY UNION: Elijah Anderson is a multi-talented sportsman with the Midas touch.

He has enjoyed success in the swimming pool and on the athletics track and continues to impress pundits with his rugby league prowess with the CQ Capras under-18s.

His latest achievement, however, has come on the rugby union field.

Anderson played for St Brendan's College at the 2016 All Schools 7s Carnival at Ballymore in October, an event which involved more than 50 boys and girls school teams.

It was the first time the 17-year-old had turned his hand to rugby 7s but he quickly mastered the fast, free-flowing form of the game.

His performance clearly made an impression. He was selected in the Queensland under-18 youth team which this weekend is competing at the national titles in Western Australia.

"I'm very excited. It was my first time playing rugby 7s and I got picked for Queensland,” he said.

"I just saw an opportunity and I went for it.

"I love rugby league but rugby 7s is an Olympic sport which makes it pretty appealing to me.

"I'll just have to see what happens.”

Anderson said playing rugby presented some challenges, given league was firmly ingrained in his psyche.

"It's a bit of a hard transition. It's mainly the structures and the rules that are different but there are some similarities. It's a fast-paced sport which really suits me,” he said.

Anderson and his Queensland teammates will line-up against various state teams, as well as a national indigenous team this weekend.

Players are vying for selection in the Australian team to compete at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas next July.

Mum Katrina was feeling excited but a little nervous for her son as he embarked on a new sporting venture.

She said his natural talent became apparent as early as Year 1.

"He's won age championships for swimming and athletics and never had a day of training in his life,” she said.

"He started in mini mods (rugby league) when he was six. In the first game he played, I think he scored four tries.

"He's just a natural talent and he loves everything he does.”



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