HE has already worn green and gold as an Australian under 20s representative this year and now Bathurst rugby talent Rory Suttor is set to don the black and gold of the New South Wales Country Eagles.
The talented flanker was this week named in the Eagles squad to contest the annual National Rugby Championships, following in the footsteps of fellow Bathurst native Charlie Clifton and Saint Stanislaus’ College graduate Beau Robinson.
The Eagles will play their NRC opener on Sunday against the Western Force in Perth and whether or not Suttor is named for that clash, he has certainly had a big season.
Following on from a bumper 2017 which saw him part of the all conquering Sydney University first grade colts and member of the NSW Gen Blue under 20s squad, Suttor has shone this year.
He again played club rugby for Sydney University’s first grade colts in the W McMahon Memorial Shield, frequently ranking in the best on ground.
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Uni this season fell one win short of the grand final, going down 24-13 to Gordon in the semi-finals.
But prior to that, Suttor enjoyed the biggest moment of his impressive rugby career to date when he represented his country.
A former Australian Schoolboy, this year Suttor wore the green and gold of the Australian under 20s.
In May he started at right flanker for Australia in their Oceania Cup match against Tonga – a fixture they won 91-7.
He then headed to the 2018 World Rugby Under 20s Championships as a member of the Australian side.
Suttor got 22 minutes off the bench against Japan, 25 minutes against Italy and was given the honour of starting in the fifth place play-off against Argentina.
He played 71 minutes of that contest which the Australians won 41-15.
The NRC will provide Suttor with another challenge as he puts his skills to the test against players with Super Rugby experience.
Half of the NSW Country squad have strong links in the state’s regions, including skipper Paddy Ryan from Tamworth.
“It is great to be recognising and rewarding the talent that we have in the state,” NSW Country Coach Darren Coleman said.
“These guys are proud of their heritage and what they represent, and I am excited to be working with them all.
“We will spread our home games around rural New South Wales. The boys are keen to play in different places such as Mudgee, Armidale and Tamworth to hopefully put on a show in front of their friends and family.”
Suttor will be hoping to get a chance to play in the round two fixture, when the Eagles tackle Melbourne Rising at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Stadium on September 15.