IT’S a long way from Warrington in the north of England to the tiny town of Theodore in Central Queensland.
But that is how far Andre Savelio will have travelled to make his debut in the Broncos’ jersey on Saturday.
The New Zealand-born but English-raised Savelio has been named to start in the second row against the Central Capras.
It is the first trial of the year for the Broncos, and will be held in Theodore, some 200 kilometres south-west of Rockhampton.
Despite the remote nature of his first match in the maroon and gold, Savelio said he was ready to go.
“I actually don’t know where it (Theodore) is – I had a quick look on the map, but that is about it,” said Savelio.
“I am definitely excited.
“It has been a long pre-season and I am ready to get some minutes under the belt.”
It is a young side the Broncos have chosen, although the halves Todd Murphy and Shaun Nona are widely-experienced State League players.
But Savelio said he was looking forward to partnering a lot of the fresh talent he has trained along since November.
“I am really excited about playing with all the young boys,” he said.
“I have gelled really well with a lot of those guys.
“It will be good to get out there with them and rip in.”
The match will start at 6pm on Saturday night and will be live streamed on the Broncos’ website.