Travis Burns before his move to Penrith.
Travis Burns before his move to Penrith.

Burns now a Panther

TRAVIS Burns scored two tries in one trial game for his new club Penrith and has been selected in his favourite position of five-eighth for the first game of the season against Canberra Raiders on Saturday night at CUA Stadium.

Burns first played NRL football for Manly Sea Eagles and then added to his tally of NRL games by playing with the North Queensland Cowboys for two seasons.

He has joined Penrith this season and scored two tries and kicked his only attempt at goal in a 32-12 victory against Parramatta last month.

Burns also scored a try in his second trial game for Penrith.

He will be in good company on Saturday night. New South Wales centre Michael Jennings is also in the backline and Petero Civoniceva will start at prop.

After playing his first rugby league in his hometown Texas, Burns moved with his family to Allora and linked with the Wattles club.

He played under-18 footy for Wattles and then joined with Cronulla Sharks to play Jersey Flegg footy. Burns played in a Jersey Flegg grand final in a curtain raiser to one NRL grand final.

Last night, Burns’ sister Chantal Keogh said he was really happy with the move to Penrith.

“Travis loves the club and the coaching staff,” Chantal said.

“We are very proud of him; our family will travel to some games later in the season.

“Before he signed with Penrith, there was talk of him going overseas but he wanted to play 100 games in the NRL.

“Travis would love to be considered for State of Origin; that is the dream of all footballers.”

Burns won’t be without friendly faces in the crowd on Saturday at Penrith, his cousin Lee Schwenke from Texas and a mate from Townsville will be at the game against Canberra.

In other NRL news, Kevin Gordon and David Mead are on the wings for the Gold Coast Titans for their first game of the season.

Former Stanthorpe junior Jordan Atkins was on the wing in trials.



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