Penrith Panthers are delighted to congratulate young playmaker Nathan Cleary on his selection at five-eighth in the Australian Schoolboys side.

The team was announced at the conclusion of the 2015 Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League (ASSRL) Under-18s Championships in Wollongong, where Cleary's NSWCCC team lost Friday's final to NSWCHS 24-18.

Cleary, who made his Panthers NYC debut against Wests Tigers a fortnight ago, was also named his team's most valuable player at the tournament.

The Australian Schoolboys side will play a two-Test series against New Zealand in Brisbane in September/October.

NRL General Manager League Integration and Game Development Andrew Hill said the ASSRL was a vital breeding ground for the game.
 
"Congratulations to the all the players who competed in the Championships this week, and especially to those selected for the Australian Schoolboys squad," Mr Hill said.
 
"It’s an honour to play for your country and I’m sure they will be wear the Australian jersey with pride, passion and integrity."