RUNNING HOT: FNC under-20 fullback Tom Steer breaks clear of the Bond Uni defence during Saturday’s showdown ahead of the Country Championships.
RUNNING HOT: FNC under-20 fullback Tom Steer breaks clear of the Bond Uni defence during Saturday’s showdown ahead of the Country Championships. Stuart Turner

Steer sounds an early warning

FNC and Country rugby's toughest foes won't scare Tom Steer.

After all, when you've travelled solo halfway around the world to further your sporting education, there's not a lot you should fear.

The 19-year-old fullback was part of the FNC under-20 side that endured a tough outing against Bond Uni on Saturday ahead of the upcoming New South Wales Country Championships.

Steer left his native England to follow in his father's footsteps and play for Wollongbar-Alstonville and he has settled in well.

"I give everyone at home a bit of stick," he said. "I keep saying how much I love it here.

"It was tough leaving home, but I thought I'd better do it while I was young.

"I just wanted to play rugby and experience travelling.

"The weather is great and life is much more relaxed here.

"There is nothing wrong with Australia, I love it here."

Steer, who hails from Devon in England's south-west, played college rugby before heading Down Under.

His father David Passmore appeared for the Lyle Park club back in the mid-1990s.

Steer, who played first and second grade last year in FNC Rugby, loves being part of the club.

"They have done loads for me," he said.

"Rugby is a great social outlet and it's just been great.

"I thought Australia would be the best place to come and play more rugby.

"I've found it a really good standard."

Meanwhile, Steer issued a warning ahead of the FNC Rugby season, declaring Wollongbar-Alstonville had room for improvement after losing out in last season's grand final to Lismore City.

"Even at training, you can see the confidence is really up," he said.

"I think this will be our year."

Saturday's match at Lyle Park was a harsh experience for FNC, with the powerful Gold Coast side scoring a hatful of tries to seal a commanding win.

The senior side did better, going down six tries to three in a competitive performance.

Head coach Paul Jeffery was content with his side's display against a strong Queensland outfit.

Both squads will now continue to train as they prepare for the Country carnivals.


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