Premier Rugby: Believe it or not this kid Ripley is really going places at Souths

By LIZ MOORE

Despite finishing high school only last year, 18-year-old centre Lukas Ripley is already in the run-on side for Premier grade at Souths.

Souths coach Todd Dammers is wary of putting undue strain on the youngster, yet is tipping big things for Ripley saying he’s destined to be a “huge voice” for the club.

“He’s very good,” Dammers said. “It’ s a hard one cos I don’t want to put too much pressure on him, but I’ve seen some good kids at that age and he’s right up there.

“He’s a kid who’s destined for big things if he wants it, and he seems to. He’s got a great work ethic and a love for being involved. It’s not a grind for him.”

Dammers said what sets the Mackay-born Ripley apart, is his magnetism on and off the field.