Staggs makes Aussie squad

SELECTION: Wellington's Kotoni Staggs pictured in the Group 11 Under 18s final in 2016.
SELECTION: Wellington's Kotoni Staggs pictured in the Group 11 Under 18s final in 2016.

Wellington’s Kotoni Staggs has been selected in the Australian squad for the 2018 Rugby League Commonwealth Championships, announced by coach Adrian Lam this week.

His selection comes following his selection to play in Brisbane’s first trial of the 2018 season.

The championships will be held at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Stadium over February 23 and 24, Lam saying it was a great opportunity for the players to participate in the exhibition nine-a-side (U23) tournament, being held in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

This is an important step for them in what will be a great exhibition of Rugby League and a wonderful initiative for the game.

Adrian Lam

“Many of these players are and have been in representative systems so I am looking forward to working with all of them,” Lam said.

“We have former Junior Kangaroos and former Australian Schoolboys in the squad, so they are clearly seen as future representative players.

“This is an important step for them in what will be a great exhibition of Rugby League and a wonderful initiative for the game.”

Australia has been included in Pool A, alongside Fiji, Scotland and Wales.