The Singleton Bulls first grade side already has one omission ahead of its second round clash against NHRU powerhouse Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.
However teenager Jayden Duff can be excused for his absence over the next two weeks.
The 17-year-old has been selected in a group of 23 to represent the NSW Combined High Schools (CHS) in a tour of South Africa.
"I found out about this tour in September last year and I want to thank Mum and Dad for all of the efforts they put in," Duff said.
Duff is already no stranger to representative rugby.
His impressive junior resume already features stints with the Hunter Wildfires, under-16 NSW Country side and under-16 Gen Blue line-ups in recent years.
Now he will play in a further four games in Capetown and Johannesburg on a journey which Duff describes as 'once in a lifetime' opportunity.
"I'm excited to see how they (his teammates and opposition) play and how they structure because I've heard about how big and skillful they are," he said.
"I'm looking forward to the firsthand experience."
Before Duff boarded his flight this morning the rising star was sure to thanks those who helped him out in the community.
"I want to thank Sportspower for donating some new boots for the tour and just everyone who had bought raffle tickets both at the Singleton Bulls presentation night as well as in the greater community," he added.
"Even the boys at school (Singleton High School) put on a BBQ for me which was great.
"Now I want to make the most of this opportunity to bring back more knowledge to the club and I obviously want to improve myself."