With rugby league in Western Australia constantly expanding, they have one area to be proud of – and that is Curtis Rona, a former Sydney Rooster who signed for 2 years at the North Queensland Cowboys, becoming the first ever WA-based Kiwi to represent his country.
Starting out his career at the Joondalup Giants, 20-year old Rona has come a long way in that time – after he was spotted by talent scouts whilst playing for the WA Reds SG Ball side, before moving to and playing for the Roosters.
Having played in 30 games for the Bondi-based club, Rona said that he was in a bit of shock when the selectors considered him for the Kiwis team.
“I was pretty happy but speechless,” he said.
“I never thought in a million years that I would be honoured to be playing for my country. It’s like a fairytale.
“During the season a couple of people said I might be a chance and then they called me and what do you know. It’s been quite a year. It’s a long way from Joondalup.”