Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Selection No Secret from Mum

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Selection No Secret from Mum

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Byline: Tim Howard tim.howard@dailyexaminer.com.au

FORMER Grafton Ghosts rugby league flyer Anthony Don's selection in the NSW Country Origin team was a shock to everyone except his mum.

Don's proud as punch parents Greg and Nicole will be front and centre in Mudgee on Sunday for their son's debut representative game, but they had booked their tickets last week.

"After I heard (Country coach) Craig Fitzgibbon say they were looking at him, I thought he was a good chance," Mrs Don said.

"It would have been a bit mean to leave him out after that, so I decided to get a couple of tickets to go on the train down there."

Mrs Don, who is the daughter of rugby league great Ron Willey, said the family has history in this clash.

"Dad played for the other team (City) in 1956," Mrs Don said. "I was hoping it was 1957 so it would make a neat 60 years, but when I looked it up it was definitely 56. …

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