by Ben Drewe
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.