LIVE: ‘Flying plumber’ scores with first touch in NRL debut


Dragons youngster Cody Ramsey has sent the NRL world into pandemonium with his first-half double on debut against the Raiders.

Fighting back tears, his mother, Kim, opened up on what it was like seeing her son live his dream -a feat made all the more emotional due to the fact she hadn’t seen him since March because of the virus.

« I just can’t believe his dream has come true and he’s out there doing what he loves, its amazing, » she told Fox Sports.

« Cody has worked so hard, and then we sent him down here two years ago. He used to get up at 4am and get home at 9 at night, and he’s done it, he’s done it himself.

« I know it takes a lot of family and friends to raise a child, but Cody has done it himself too

« We had Christmas together, but it was March was the last tie I’ve seen Cody. We message every day and he messages his brother and sister every day so that’s lovely. »

Nine’s sensation Cody Ramsey has ignited his NRL career with a bang, scoring a stunning try against the Raiders with his first touch in top-flight football.

There was much anticipation over Ramsey, nicknamed ‘The Flying Plumber’, having impressed in the Nines tournament earlier this year.

It took 17-minutes for the 20-year-old to even get a touch on the ball in his first game for the Dragons on Saturday afternoon – but that’s all he needed.

Shifting the ball to the left flank, the Dragons found Ramsey in an inch of room before the debutant showed some class to sneak himself in at the post for his first NRL try.

That sent WIN Stadium into pandemonium, as Red V faithful went bonkers for the local star.

« Do first-class careers start any better than that? look at the excitement look at the jubilation. »

NRL great Braith Anasta added: « It’s taken months to see him in the top grade but it’s worth the wait. A perfect opening. »

« In his first game and his first touch, he comes up with a try. He had plenty of work to do. He’s a try scorer, we saw it in the Nines. Some players just know how to find the try line. »

Ramsey wouldn’t have to wait too much longer for his next taste of glory when he crossed over in identical fashion shortly before half time, thanks to a beautifully weighted float pass.

The Dragons will be counting their lucky stars they handed Ramsey his debut on Saturday, with the youngster keeping them in the game with their only points in a tight first half.

The Dragons shared a video on Twitter of interim coach Dean Young breaking the news to 20-year-old Nines sensation Cody Ramsey that he will make his NRL debut against the Raiders on Saturday.

« I’m making my debut this week, » Ramsey tells his father before Ramsey senior replies « You f—-n beauty ».

Ramsey was a stand out during the Nines tournament earlier this year, being named in the team of the tournament after finishing joint leading try scorer.


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