The West Coast Pirates brand has reached the international stage, with a handful of Pirates past and present representing the South African Rhinos during last week’s Test Match against Italy in Sydney.
Current SG Ball Cup centre Will Smith was joined by former Pirates Shane Gillham (captain), Tyler Thomas and Halvor Harris in South Africa’s 26-man squad that went down to the Italian’s, 18-8 in a tight affair.
The Rhinos scored two tries, one of which was assisted by Smith.
“I said I would have loved to get over the white line but to do that try assist was just as good,” the 18-year-old said.
The 32nd-ranked South African’s matched it with the 13th-ranked Italian side, with the Azzurri needing a late try to clinch victory over an inexperienced Rhinos outfit.
“We’re very proud,” Smith said.
“When we got out for game day everyone really put their front foot forward.”
Having made his International debut against Malta in July, Smith said the playing group were well-prepared for their Italian challenge.
“The Malta Test was nerve-wracking for everybody because most of the guys debuted,” Smith said.
“This time we went into the game a bit calmer.”
Since returning to Perth last weekend, Smith has been thrown straight back into the swing of things with the Rockingham Sharks star preparing for his graduation from Baldivis Secondary College.
“I’m graduating soon and have my graduation ceremony in November, so I’m almost finished school,” Smith said.
“I’m studying a Cert II in engineering through the VET program.”