RISING rugby union star Josh Coward has taken another leap forward in his quest to become a fully-fledged professional rugby player.
Coward has been named in the 2016 Melbourne Rebels under-20 squad, earmarked as a possible future Super Rugby player.
The under-20s squad doesn’t compete in the Super Rugby competition that includes teams from New Zealand and South Africa.
Rather, it is effectively a Victorian representative squad that competes against other state squads throughout the year.
His selection comes hot on the heels of representing the nation at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa last month, where Australia won a silver medal.
Coward also previously represented the Rebels under-17 squad in the Junior Gold Cup this year.
The St Patrick’s College student is one of 31 players in the squad for next year.
Training has already started, with the players already going through intense five-day-per-week sessions.
The fixture for the 20126 season has not yet been released.