Following an outstanding National Schoolboy Championship campaign young Shark Franklin Pele has earned selection in the Australian Schoolboys team to tour the UK in October.
A front rower, who unfortunately missed the majority of the SG Ball season due to injury, Pele was one of two Sharks selected in the national schoolboy team, with Bronson Xerri named in the squad but later opting to withdraw from the touring party.
Both Pele and Xerri are students at Endeavour Sports High School and the pair represented NSW Combined High Schools at the recent national carnival, with their team beaten in the final by NSW Combined Catholic Colleges.
Xerri has opted to remain at home, due in part to the fact he will train throughout the upcoming pre-season with the full-time Sharks NRL squad.
Now having returned to full fitness, Pele is playing school football for Endeavour High, for the Gymea club in the local under-18's competition, while training with the Sharks Jersey Flegg squad.
The Monty Porter Memorial Sports Foundation will contribute fundraising initiatives to assist with the costs associated for Pele to go on the tour.
2018 Australian Schoolboys squad
Max Altus – Farrer Memorial Agricultural College, Tamworth
Jalal Bazzaz – Illawarra Sports High, Berkeley
Bradman Best – Brisbane Waters Secondary College, Woy Woy
Zac Cini – St Dominic's College, Penrith
Juwan Compain – Palm Beach Currumbin State High, Gold Coast
Stephen Crichton – Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown
Harry Croker – Taree High School
Tom Dearden - Palm Beach Currumbin State High, Gold Coast
Matthew Doorey – Westfields Sports High, Fairfield West
Ryan Gray – De La Salle College – Revesby Heights
Jock Madden – All Saints College, Maitland
Luca Moretti – Waverley College
Ratu Nanovo – Cambridge Park High
Tesi Niu – Marsden State High, Logan
Franklin Pele – Endeavour Sports High, Caringbah
Jason Saab – Westfields Sports High, Fairfield West
Tommy Talau – Westfields Sports High, Fairfield West
Jayden Tanner – Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown
Beni Teaupa – Holy Cross College, Ryde
Star To'a – Newcastle High