Called to action in NZ

Warwick players Jessica Carey, Peter Grayson, Tanya Wright and Grant Lollback in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Warwick players Jessica Carey, Peter Grayson, Tanya Wright and Grant Lollback in Rotorua, New Zealand. Contributed

AFTER tasting his first touch rugby at international level in New Zealand this year, Grant Lollback can't wait for the chance to play in the same series as his sons.

The Allora butcher was in the Australian mixed masters team along with fellow Warwick association players Tanya Wright and Jaime Scott.

Jessica Carey, Peter Grayson and Wendy Watson from Warwick association also played for Australia at Rotorua.

Grant, 41, said it was a good experience to play international touch rugby despite the side losing by two and one tries and in a drop-off in the three games.

The chance to play in the same international series as son Mitchell in Fiji in 2013 is music to the ears of Grant.

"It is good for me and Mitchell that we are both aiming to make Australian teams in the same year," Grant said.

This year, Mitchell was selected in the Australian under-15 side but the Kiwis didn't field a team so he missed his chance to debut in the green and gold.

Mitchell only turns 15 in January so can play one more interstate series in the U15 age group before going up to U17 in 2013.

There is also a chance Grant could play in the same international tournament as son Blake, 12, one day.

Wright first toured New Zealand in 2007, in the women's over 27 years team.

She has won a player of the series award for Australia during her five-year international career. This year, she captained Australia in the mixed masters age group.

After the disappointment of making the national mixed under-20 side last year and then hearing New Zealand was not fielding a team in her age group, Carey said it was a great experience to wear her first Australian green and gold jumper this year in the open mixed team.

"It is great to play against New Zealand. The competition was full-on and more exciting than the interstate series," Carey said.

"I met great people with similar interests."

After enjoying her first taste of internationals, Carey wants more of it.

"I want to try out for the Queensland open women's team next year."

Emu Vale farmer Peter Grayson was part of men's over 50s and over 45s teams.

A regular in Australian teams for the past eight years, Grayson played in a team which recorded one win in the over 45s age group.

Grayson has captained his country in one international match against New Zealand.

"I will continue to play for Australia as long as possible," Grayson said.

"New Zealand played hard and fast touch, they played with aggression in the games in aftermath of an All Blacks Rugby World Cup win."

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