Penrith Emus looks to future with Under 18s side

Emerging Emu nation: The Penrith Emus U18s team in their new jerseys at Nepean Rugby Park.
Emerging Emu nation: The Penrith Emus U18s team in their new jerseys at Nepean Rugby Park.

The Penrith Emus U18s team is sitting third on the ladder after drawing against second-placed Manly on Sunday, May 14.

Immediately after the 16-16 match, seven Emus’ player headed to St Luke’s Oval in Concord for a representative selection match.

Two of the team were selected in the final Sydney Under 18 representative squad - Maea Fonua, Penrith's tighthead lock and Darcy Cotton, the Emus fullback and goal kicker.

The team launched their new look for 2017 with a jersey presentation night at Nepean Rugby Park on May 5.

Team captain Lachlan Frean thanked the sponsors, saying the “kit makes the boys feel more of a team which improves our performance”. 

Head coach Paul Frean brings eight years of coaching experience to the side including junior representative, senior first grade, and club head coach duties. He was awarded Coach of the Year Illawarra in 2015.

More recently Frean led his 2016 team to take out the Sydney Junior Rugby Union Premiership B Cup in their first season of the competition. 

“He has great passion for the future of the game and after noticing a gap where this age group is concerned... he has been trying do his bit to ensure that these players who are not able to play on Saturdays due to school commitments or physical safety concerns do not miss out on club rugby,” said a club spokesperson.

Frean is assisted by Ron Cotton who has considerable experience in coaching, managing and playing representative rugby.

The Penrith Emus Under 18s side includes players from the Blue Mountains, Mt Druitt and Campbelltown as well as the immediate Penrith region.