Coach Justin Hodges will take charge of the pre-season Queensland Under 20 Emerging Origin camp with the Queensland Rugby League today announcing a 26-man squad.
The former Maroons great will head up the High Performance camp being held at the Queensland Academy of Sport training facilities next month. The selected players will assemble from Thursday, January 18 until Sunday, January 21.
There are 10 members of the Queensland Under 20 side who narrowly lost to NSW in their annual representative clash earlier this year at Suncorp Stadium, including try scorers in that match Corey Horsburgh (Canberra Raiders) and Tristan Sailor (St George Illawarra Dragons).
Melbourne Storm second row forward Louis Gerharty has also been included in the squad after impressing during the 2017 season in his time spent with Intrust Super Cup club the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
Queensland Under 20 Emerging Origin squad 2018
Tom Flegler – Brisbane Broncos
Pat Carrigan – Brisbane Broncos
Sam Johnstone – South Sydney Rabbitohs
Tom Mikaele – Wests Tigers
Tom Skinner – Penrith Panthers
Eddie Blacker – Brisbane Broncos
Logan Bayliss - NQ Cowboys
Corey Horsburgh – Canberra Raiders
Apiata Noema – Gold Coast Titans
Louis Geraghty – Melbourne Storm
Nathan Barrett – NQ Cowboys
J'maine Hopgood – Penrith Panthers
Jake Clifford – NQ Cowboys
AJ Brimson – Gold Coast Titans
Lachlan Lam – Sydney Roosters
Gerome Burns – Brisbane Broncos
Murray Taulagi – NQ Cowboys
Enari Tuala- NQ Cowboys
Gehamat Shibasaki – Brisbane Broncos
Tristan Sailor – St George Illawarra Dragons
Kurt Wiltshire – NQ Cowboys
Corey Allan – Brisbane Broncos
Harry Grant – Melbourne Storm
Brent Woolf – Brisbane Broncos
Ronaldo Mulitalo – Cronulla Sharks
Michael Carroll – NQ Cowboys
Emerging Origin Program history
The QAS Emerging Program was established in January, 2001 by Wayne Bennett to assist talented athletes and coaches achieve excellence. Kevin Walters is the Head Coach of what is now referred to as the Emerging Origin Program, and oversees its operation; with each squad given expert coaching and support by experienced staff.