Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Young Star Has It All; Caleb Barking Up the Right Tree for New South Wales

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Young Star Has It All; Caleb Barking Up the Right Tree for New South Wales

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Byline: Matthew McInerney sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

CALEB Barker has the look of a seasoned professional athlete.

He has the ability to play in almost any position across the park in two rugby codes, he has handy speed and acceleration and a step that leaves defenders clutching at air.

On top of that he is almost as tall as people almost 10 years his senior - not a bad attribute for a 12-year-old prop.

Barker is a proven performer on the footy field, and his inclusion in the under-12s New South Wales team underscores that claim.

It is the latest feather in his representative cap, following his selection in the North Coast PSSA rugby union team last month.

"I love playing league and union," Barker said.

"The best parts are that it's competitive and a team sport so you can make a few good friendships along the way."

Barker will travel with the NSW team to Perth next month for the national championships. He will come up against some of the best players in the country. …

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