READY TO PLAY: Beyond the Nest program has prepared players for the 47th Battalion.
READY TO PLAY: Beyond the Nest program has prepared players for the 47th Battalion. Brenna Prendergast

Eagles vie for Wide Bay Bulls selection at 47th Battalion

THE South Burnett's up-and-coming rugby league stars have had their sights set on competing at the 47th Battalion for the past six months.

And now it is upon them - teams from Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast are headed to Murgon to take on the South Burnett Eagles under-13, 14 and 16 teams this weekend.

They will be playing for the chance of selection in the Wide Bay Bulls.

A Beyond the Nest program run by NRL development officer Blake Mara and representative coaches has been preparing the players for the opportunity.

"We wanted to give our players the training they would require to go the level further and we are confident they will get the rewards from that on the weekend,” Mara said.

"We are looking to see an improvement in their performance.

"We are hoping to see a few kids from South Burnett make the Wide Bay Bulls.”

Players were selected for the teams based on their effort at training and in trial games against Dalby and Toowoomba sides.

"It is about developing leadership, work ethic and their skill base and if you have those things you are going to be better,” Mara said.

Players will be presented with their jersey on Friday night by South Burnett player of the century Allan Trunks, and Harry Pickering.

Mara recognises the importance of players having pride in their jersey.

"When you have pride it means something to you and that is one thing that we really want to build,” he said.