Agonising choice of codes for Hurley

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No 10 for Otago Boys High School Finn Hurley. PHOTO: Gregpr Richardson

Finn Hurley now has an agonising choice to make between his two favourite codes.

But it is a choice faced by his family before.

The former Gore High School pupil has already played cricket at senior level for Southland.

Now the first five-eighth has been named in the New Zealand Schools rugby side impressive achievement considering the number of players at secondary school level.

Hurley is one of only three players from the South Island to make the national schools side.

Hurley was at Gore High School until year 11 when he won a scholarship to Otago Boys’ High School for cricket.

But he was equally good at rugby and has been a star for the Otago Boys’ High School First XV for the past couple of years.

Hurley (18) was a key man in the Dunedin-based side which won the final of the Otago premier schools competition last month.

He knocked over a match-winning dropped goal from about 40m with time almost up.

Hurley is the son of former Southland rugby player Sean Hurley, who was also a talented cricketer when growing up but stopped playing the game when he was 16 to concentrate on rugby, going on to play for his province.

These days with the intensity around sports it is virtually impossible to play both so the younger Hurley may have to make a choice.

He will join the national rugby side for a week of training in Wellington before a game against a Barbarians under-18 side next month.

Hurley was picked for the national side ahead of Ajay Faleafago, a pupil from Auckland who was signed to much fanfare by the Highlanders and Otago last week.