Two boys who hail from a remote Pacific island have experienced a rugby league exchange in Beaudesert.
Zac Singer, 15, and Reubin Coombes, 17, are from from Norfolk Island, a territory of Australia that sits more than 1400 kilometres east of the mainland.
But with only 2200 people living on the island the opportunities for junior rugby league players are limited.
Local junior coach Brenden Frazer took a combined Beaudesert-Coomera side to the island late last year and thought it would be a good opportunity to reward two of the opposition players with a chance to travel to Beaudesert to learn more about the game.
“Because of the small amount of registered players over there the opportunities really dry up for players as they move into their late teenage years,” he said.
“During our trip to Norfolk we thought it would be great to invite two of the older boys over to not only learn about the game but also be a part of a bigger club.”
Mr Frazer said both boys have embraced the journey they have been on during the past four weeks.
“They have had a sensational time here, developing their skills on and off the field,” he said.
“To have the chance to play 13-a-side games against quality opposition and to also learn coaching techniques and first aid skills will be invaluable when they return home.”
Mr Frazer said the Norfolk Island community was right behind their boys.
“The community over there really values this experience, they almost see it as a scholarship. Their school has also been great in preparing a month’s work ahead of time so they can stay on track with their studies during their time here.”
Beaudesert State High School has also accomodated both boys during their time here. “The staff and students at the school have really embraced them which has been great,” Mr Frazer said.
“The things they have learnt here they can take back to Norfolk Island and hopefully become leaders in their community.”
Coombes played in the centre for the under 19 Kingfishers side and was one of their best players during their loss to Tugun earlier a fortnight ago, while Singer has impressed with the under 16 side as a second rower.