2018 New Recruits – Andrew Selwood
By Samuel Lindsay
Andrew Selwood has taken the 269km trip from Orange in the Central West, to team up with Southern Districts in 2018. Andrew had a breakout year for his local team, Orange Emus, in 2017 with the versatile flanker continuing his tradition of seizing opportunities, to have a crack at this year’s Shute Shield competition. Back in 2016 Andrew was making the most of playing second grade when a game winning try from the bench against the Bathurst Bulldogs cemented his place in the Emus starting line-up.
From there, the tough as nails backrower propelled himself into the limelight winning the 2017 Blowes Clothing Cup player of the year award, the Phil Morrisey Trophy for most outstanding Emus player and his clubs best and fairest award. This was then backed up with a Sydney Barbarians appearance against NSW Fiji in September 2017 before linking up with the Rebels in Sydney’s south. We decided to have a chat with Andrew to see how he’s settling in and his hopes for the 2018 season.
Welcome to Southern Districts! How are you settling in to the area?
“I’m settling into the Cronulla area really well. I might be in the honeymoon phase still but am really enjoying the location & the beach vibe.”
Away from the Rugby pitch how have you been spending your summer?
“Catching up on some family time, and giving back to my workplace. Both of which don’t see much of me during rugby season”
After a breakout season with the Orange Emus and winning the Blowes Clothing Cup player of the year award amongst others, you must have had plenty of options for 2018, what made you choose Southern Districts?
“After the initial conversations with the club & some research, it became apparent that both Southern Districts & my previous club Orange Emus both had a similar end to the season before. Orange Emus lost the grand final after an undefeated season, whilst Southern Districts won the last 9 games of the regular season only to lose the finals against Northern Suburbs. I felt their pain and knew how hungry the club would be leading into 2018.”
Coming from Country Rugby to a Sydney Club, what’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed so far?
“The dedication to preseason training is a big difference; we are almost 3 months into preseason training, whilst the regional areas are just about to start.”
You've been working hard in the gym this pre-season, what are you looking to get out of 2018 personally?
“Personally, my goal is to be fitter and better than last year.”
You’ve been getting to know some of the guys at training, who’ve welcomed you to the club, anyone in particular you’re looking forward to playing alongside next season?
“The whole club has welcomed me in really well; from day one I was introduced to all the coaching staff, managers and playing group from 4ths through to 1sts. I am pretty keen to play alongside all the guys. Marcus Carbone is one in particular he is a forward but sprints like an outside back.”
If you’re looking forward to seeing Andrew Selwood in action in 2018, along with a host of other new and returning players, the best way is with a Southern Districts Membership. With a multitude of benefits on offer get yours today, here.