THE Wimmera will be well-represented at the inaugural World Men's and Mixed Netball Championships in South Africa next month.
Horsham's Jack Denson and Warracknabeal's Riley Richardson will both pull on the green and gold for Australia in the men's competition.
The pair hails from the Wimmera but lives in Melbourne for university
Denson said he was excited to play for his country and felt good about his team's chances.
"I think we have a good chance of getting a medal," he said.
"Men's netball is not a very popular sport but Australia has a pretty good history in international events so I think we should do all right hopefully."
Denson said he and Richardson were selected to represent Australia after playing for Victoria in the Australian titles in April. The two will be in different teams.
Richardson will play for the Sonix Australia's top squad and Denson will be in the Australia A second side.
Both teams will compete at the championships.
Denson said it was not the first time he had excelled at a national level.
He previously represented Victoria in both volleyball and croquet, winning two national titles in both sports.
He said this would be the first time he represented Australia in any sport.
Denson said he came from a sporting family and was exposed to a range of sports growing up.
Richardson said it was uncommon for men to take up netball, but he had been associated with it since an early age.
"I've grown up around netball my whole life and I used to go to training with mum and watch her play," he said.
"I think having two players from the Wimmera in the Australian squad shows how deeply sport is ingrained in the Wimmera it's not that popular a sport but people like Jack and I are doing well at it."
Richardson has previously represented Australia in the under-19 men's team but said it would be his first experience in the open age men's side.
The World Men's and Mixed Netball Championships is on between October 6 and 12.