He’s one of The Entrance Tigers Rugby League Club’s favourite sons, but Jay Florimo donned the stars and stripes early in October to play for the United States Hawks in the inaugural World Cup 9’s Competition.
The son of NRL legend, Greg Florimo, Jay was eligible for US selection through his mother’s side of the family, so when longtime friend and US Coach, Sean Rutgerson, put the offer on the table, he accepted.
A mainstay on the Coast’s footy scene, Florimo has played for the Wyong Roos and the North Sydney Bears and after the Tigers’ 2019 premiership win, he said he was keen to get back onto a world stage, having previously represented Italy in his youth during the 2007 Rugby League World Youth Under 15’s.
Despite his keenness, the Hawks lost all three of their matches in the Cup, with the Australian Kangaroos going onto win the Men’s Cup after a thrilling grand final win over the New Zealand Kiwi’s.
It was a reversal of fortune in the Women’s final though, with the Jillaroos being pipped at the post by the New Zealand Ferns.
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Dilon Luke, Journalist