Canberra Raiders rising star Michael Asomua had the opportunity to receive his Australian Schoolboys jersey today.
Asomua, who has just finished year 12 at Erindale College in Canberra, was named in the 2022 Australian Schoolboys merit team after the planned national championships were canceled for the second consecutive year as the nation continued to deal with the ongoing uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In order to recognise the best schoolboy rugby league players across the nation, the ASSRL Selectors chose a 2021 Australian Schoolboys Merit Team selected through a comprehensive process.
Today, Asomua received his jersey at a small presentation in Braddon, with Australian Schoolboys Manager Tim Wykes presenting Michael with his jersey.
Asomua joins a number of current Canberra Raiders players to have represented the Australian Schoolboys, with Trey Mooney, JJ Clarkson, Jack Wighton, Jarrod Croker, Adam Elliott and Jamal Fogarty also achieving the honour.
Raiders 2022 recruit Brad Morkos also made this year's merit team and was part of the Illawarra Steelers SG Ball side who played the Raiders in this years Grand Final.
Asomua said it was a great honour to receive the jersey and join some of his fellow raiders teammates.
"To get this jumper is a huge honour and I'm very grateful," Asomua said. "To see the players here who have also achieved this makes me want to now take the next step in my career."
The 2021 Australian Schoolboys
1 Ragarive Wavik Kirwan State High School
2 Dudley Dotoi Kirwan State High School
3 Brad Morkos Figtree High School
4 Deine Mariner Palm Beach Currumbin High School
5 Michael Asomua Erindale College ACT
6 Thomas Duffy Ignatius Park College, Townsville
7 Tom Weaver Palm Beach Currumbin High School
8 Jaxson Rahme Holy Cross College Ryde
9 Riley Smith St Dominic’s College, Kingswood
10 Jack Cullen Palm Beach Currumbin High School
11 Ryan Foran Palm Beach Currumbin High School
12 Jock Brazel Parramatta Marist High School, Westmead
13 Luke Jacks Ignatius Park College, Townsville
14 Blake Mozer Keebra Park High School
15 John Sagaga Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown
16 Ryan Couchman Bulli High School
17 Lachlan Blackburn St Dominic’s College, Kingswood
COACH: Mr. Tim White Holy Cross College, Ryde
ASSISTANT COACH Mr. Mark Morrison Macleay Vocational College, Kempsey
MANAGER Mr. Tim Wkyes Kooringal High School
TRAINER Mr. Jim Wilson Mackay North, State High School