Connor Lynch will tour Canada and the US with the Indigenous Australian Invitational Rugby Team on the back of his performances in another representative side more than two years ago.
Lynch played in the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team under manager Darrell Morris – who now manages the invitational team – at the national schoolboys carnival in 2014.
I can’t wait to get out there, do the hard yards and hopefully it all pays off when I go overseas.- Connor Lynch
That connection saw Lynch receive a call-up into the invitational side for the 2018 tour.
“He (Morris) gave me a call in the middle of November,” Lynch said.
“He said ‘I’m looking for players, would you be interested?
“I said 'bloody oath, I’d be interested’.
“I said ‘give me the paperwork and I’ll get it back to you this week’.”
Lynch has mainly played rugby league over the years but the prop will now split his time between both league and union in preparation.
“I have to. Part of the program is you have to be registered for a club and you have to play a certain amount of games in the lead-up to the tour,” Lynch said.
“So, this season and next season will be both league and union orientated.
‘The workload will be fine, I’m going to love it.
“I can’t wait to get out there, do the hard yards and hopefully it all pays off when I go overseas.”
The trip to the US and Canada will last for two weeks and is jam-packed full of matches.
“We go to places like Boston, New York, Montreal and Toronto,” Lynch said.
“We’ll be playing against university sides – it’s an under 23s competition.
“We play about six games over a period of two weeks, so it’s a game every two days.”
Having not been overseas, Lynch was looking forward to the trip.
“It’ll be a good experience – we get to go different unis and see a lot of the countries in two weeks,” he said.
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