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Jett Norris Final Rising Star Nominee for 2016

Jett Norris became the 19th and final nominee for the 2016 Bendigo Bank Rising Star Award after his run-on debut for Palmerston in Round 15's big win over Swampdogs on Saturday Night.

After starting the season with three runs off the bench for Swampdogs, Norris transferred to the neighbouring Crocs where he played Reserve Grade and benched for the Firsts five times before Saturday’s start as full-back.

Norris was a member of the victorious Northern Territory Schoolboys XV who won the Australian Schools Division II Championship earlier this month

The award recognises young players who are eligible to play in an Under 18 Competition who are selected and start in a First Grade match for the first time.

Earlier this year The NT Rugby Union announced the annual Bendigo Bank Rising Star would be the recipient of the Tawera Kerr-Barlow Medal in recognition of the Palmerston Junior’s rise from an Under 6 Player with the Crocs to World Cup winner with the All Blacks.

NT Rugby's Competition Committee will announce finalists for the Tawera Kerr-Barlow Medal later this week with the winner announced at the Eric Johnston Medal Presentation Dinner on August 7th

Players previously nominated this season are; Thomas O’Connor (South Darwin), Jonas Niki, Douglas Bush, Callum Mayo, Jerry Thomas, Ankin Lewis, (Dragons) Dean Tinning, Brodie Morcom, Joseph Cameron, Harry Berns (Swampdogs) Ryan Graham, Luke Morgan-Doherty (Casuarina) Liam Bilston, Jimi Fitzgerald, Jonathan Briskin (Palmerston) Hone Edwards, Hugh Harbeck, Brandon Thomson (University)

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NT Rugby