Warnervale’s Joey Walton will make his debut with the NSW Waratahs this Friday (July 3) when the Waratahs take on the Brisbane Reds at Suncorp Stadium.
Walton grew up playing rugby on the Coast and first turned heads during his time at Wadalba Community School with his talent and reputation as a no-nonsense, sleek footed centre, earning him selection in the NSW Combined High Schools team in 2017.
At 16, his performance for the CHS side saw him play for the NSW 1st XV at Nationals, with his efforts enough to earn him selection in the Australian Schools Barbarian side.
In 2018, Walton won the National Championships with the NSW 1st XV before he was selected for the Australian Schools and Australian U18s that same year.
Signing with Gordon Rugby in 2019, Walton went on to play for the NSW Country Eagles and has been steadily working his way towards his Waratahs debut as a member of the emerging squad.
Now at 20, Walton will realise that dream.
With the season halted by COVID-19, its expected that both teams will put on a show and fans will be keen to see how the Reds and the Sky Blues manage after both teams lost some high profile players over the break.
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Reporter: Dilon Luke