The path from Emu to Waratah has been a long time coming but for Narromine’s Patrick McCutcheon, it is complete after he was named to make his debut for NSW in their vital Super 14 clash against the Otago Highlanders in Invercargill tomorrow night.
McCutcheon, whose family runs the property ‘Anglebone’ between Narromine and Trangie, is the latest in a long line of bush footballers to crack it in professional rugby and he will make his debut at the next level after a stellar grounding in other forms of the game.
He started his rugby career with the Macquarie Emus as a junior but it was as a student at St Joseph’s College in Sydney that he started to take the game seriously.
The 22-year-old is the current captain of the Australian Sevens side and a member of Sydney University’s all-conquering Shute Shield team.
The flanker also represented Australia at schoolboy level but despite having plenty of representative experience he is still excited about making his Super rugby debut.
“I was ecstatic when I got told I would be playing this week,” he said from Invercargill yesterday.
“I have been with the Junior Waratahs since 2006 so it has been a slow process but to finally get the call-up is exciting.