McManus Hits The Big Time Down Under

By GW - May 10 2007
McManus Hits The Big Time Down Under
James McManus Banff's Jamie McManus has made a big impact in his debut season in the world's top rugby league competition: Australia's NRL. The 21-year-old has broken into the Newcastle Knights team and has scored four tries in eight games so far.
James - a winger - has graduated through the ranks at Newcastle from the Jersey Flagg (under-20s) team to the NSW Premier League (Reserves) before stepping up to the big time this term.

He is expected to be in the reckoning for a Scotland call-up for the World Cup. Born in Banff he left for Australia when he was nine after his father died and his mother married an Australian. Moving to Darwin in the Northern Territories, McManus started playing League at 15 and joined Newcastle at 18.

"All of my family are Scottish apart from my step-father and I'm proud to be Scottish," he said when asked about playing for his homeland and Great Britain in future.

James is not the only Scottish player in the Knights ranks: Jesse Royal is also eligible despite being born in New Zealand.

With thanks to Rugby League World magazine and Robert Dickson.