Jimmi Cutmore selected for Indigenous Rugby Sevens national talent camp

Jimmy Cutmore has earned selection into the Indigenous Rugby Sevens national talent camp held this August. Photo: Callum McGregor
Jimmy Cutmore has earned selection into the Indigenous Rugby Sevens national talent camp held this August. Photo: Callum McGregor

Jimmi Cutmore is viewing his selection to attend an Indigenous Rugby Sevens national talent camp as the second chance he thought he would never have.

The now 26-year-old walked away from the Wests Tigers SG Ball side as a teenager, a decision Cutmore regrets.

The situation was difficult for Cutmore, as he was travelling back and forth from Bowraville to Sydney to be able to play rugby league.

Cutmore admits his immaturity cost him when he was younger but the utility back claims he has learned from his past mistakes.

Cutmore will join fellow Kempsey resident Owen Blair when they attend a special three-day camp in Sydney this month, where their skills will be put to the test in front of a panel of coaches and experts.

Following the camp, two First Nations Sevens squads of 30 will be chosen to compete around the country with a chance of being picked for the 2020 Olympics.

Cutmore confessed he was reduced to tears when he was informed he had made it into the national talent camp.

"I was over the moon, it's hard to describe the feeling that I had," Cutmore said.

"I was in tears when I first spoke with my girlfriend. The main thing is, I see this as my second shot at a professional career.

"I am a lot older, wiser and more mature than when I was a young fella. I want to make the most of this opportunity and hopefully I can show the selectors I deserve to be picked for the squad which will compete across Australia."

Cutmore is currently plying his trade for the Macksville Sea Eagles. The outside back has spent the majority of his life playing rugby league but has proven he has the ability to success in rugby union.

"I play in a couple of rugby sevens tournaments each year and played for NSW when I was 16 and still at school," Cutmore said.

"I have never played a full season of rugby union though but I am very excited about the opportunity to learn and play the game."

Rugby Australia's High-Performance team selected Cutmore and Blair after touring the country for months searching for Australia's best young First Nations sporting talent.

Rugby Australia picked 133 players, 46 females and 87 males, between the ages of 14-26 to attend the camps.

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