Former Cowboy in semi in universities footy

14th July 2017 10:10 AM
Stanthorpe's Michael O'Keefe lines up a kick at goal for Australia against Ireland at the Universities Rugby League World Cup in Sydney. Stanthorpe's Michael O'Keefe lines up a kick at goal for Australia against Ireland at the Universities Rugby League World Cup in Sydney. Australian Universities Rugby Le

RUGBY LEAGUE: Three Darling Downs talents are off to the Universities World Cup semi-finals after Australia's brilliant start to the tournament in Sydney.

Former Stanthorpe back Michael O'Keefe, Highfields halfback Jarrod Lee and ex-Toowoomba junior Mackenzie Reid will take on England today in the semi-finals of the Universities World Cup.

That meeting comes on the back of three strong wins over England, Pacific Islands and Ireland in preliminary matches.

"It's been a pretty awesome experience," Lee said. "We've all gelled pretty well together.

"Everyone is happy to make it through to the semi-finals but I don't think everyone will be happy unless we win the trophy again."

Australia downed England 54-10 in its first game.

Fellow USQ student O'Keefe used to play in the TRL with Warwick.

He went into the Universities World Cup on the back of a cheek bone injury and is building into the tournament.

"It's a bit more intense now. We must win Friday to make it to the final on Sunday," O'Keefe said.

O'Keefe is also a goalkicker.