Jake's rugby dream comes true as he debuts with Qld Reds
WOLLONGBAR-Alstonville junior Jake McIntyre will be surrounded by some of the biggest names in the sport when he makes his Super Rugby debut with the Queensland Reds tonight.
McIntyre, 21, has been named at five-eighth for the clash against the Melbourne Rebels at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
The backline includes mercurial halfback Will Genia with former Australian rugby league international Karmichael Hunt in the centres.
Lachie Turner is on one wing while another player with plenty of professional experience - James O'Connor - is playing fullback.
"We have one of the best halfbacks in the world and I'm sure he will take a lot of the pressure off," McIntyre told Reds media.
"I'll just try and play my normal game and if I see an opportunity I'll take (it)."
McIntyre last played rugby on the Far North Coast with the Wollongbar first grade team in 2012.
McIntyre represented Australian Schoolboys twice while attending Alstonville High School, in 2011 and 2012.
He went on to play Australian Under-20s and was part of the winning Brisbane City side in the inaugural National Rugby Championships last year.
He has also been part of the Reds elite development squad while playing for Sunnybank in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition.
Reds coach Richard Graham earmarked McIntyre for a Super Rugby debut at some point this season after he returned from a knee injury.
"I got the call from Richard on Monday and I was actually sleeping at the time so that woke me up fairly quickly," McIntyre said.
"It's something I've been dreaming about and now that it's here I'm very excited.
"I just want to get out there now and do my best."
The game can be seen on Fox Sports at 7.30pm.