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Under 15 and Under 16 Boys Emerging Origin Camp

Talented young players from across the state have been put through their paces these past few days with the staging of the Under 15 and Under 16 Boys Emerging Origin camp.

Held a Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast; the camp has not only brought together players to work on their skills on the field, but rather - a strong focus has been placed on teaching what it means to represent Queensland.

Maroons coach Kevin Walters was a special guest one evening; and laid out his tips for future success which included working hard, showing dedication and most importantly, having fun.

Former Origin Great Steve Price also attended the camp; sharing his journey in rugby league which saw him represent at the highest level. In a candid session, he addressed what can be a common issue for players in the game who move to further their careers – homesickness.

While this is an important development camp for the Under 15 players; many in the Under 16 squad have a clear representative goal to aspire to this season, with places in the representative side to play as a State of Origin curtain raiser up for grabs.

But more than simply getting his charges to look ahead to that playing goal, Under 16s coach Mick Roberts said he was happy to see what a well-rounded group of players he had to work with.

“The boys have been outstanding and I guess the most pleasing thing for us is their attitude; their behaviour and their work ethic and their manners (in camp),” the former Redcliffe Dolphins legend told QRL Media.

“It’s great to see a great bunch of kids and that’s what we are trying to produce in the Queensland system.

“That’s what happens at the top in the Queensland Origin team [it’s about] the type of people they are.”

Jharal Yow Yeh is one person who knows all about what it takes to reach that level in the game and once again is serving as a QRL mentor to assist the young players coming through.

“I just enjoy it, I love the Queensland spirit and these kids are obviously the next generation,” he said.

“I am just here to give a helping hand and [share] any tips I can give the boys and any questions they want answered, I let them come to me – but I like having fun myself and that’s probably why I am around here.”

 ***Stay tuned to to hear more from both Roberts and Yow Yeh, as well as find out more about the Under 15 and Under 16 Boys Emerging Origin Camp 2018.

Queensland Rugby League Under 16 Emerging Origin squad

Blake Laherty

Yeppoon JRL

Brendan Piakura

Helensvale Hornets

Brocco Uhrle

Aspley Devils RLFC

Caleb Esera

Souths Juniors Magpies (Acacia Ridge)

Damon Somerville

Burleigh Heads Juniors

Grant Tuisamoa

Carina JRLFC

Jayden Clarkson

Redlands RLFC

Keegan Vandenberg

Redcliffe Dolphins

Klese Haas

Nerang Roosters

Matamatagi Lukas Ripley

Logan Brothers RLC

Reece Walsh

Nerang Roosters

Rhys Timms

Redcliffe Dolphins

Rixson Andrew

Nerang Roosters

Sam Walker

Northern Suburbs Ipswich Tigers

Alapati Sooalo

Logan Brothers RLC

Josh Chappell

Dalby Devils JRL

Ethan King

Northern Suburbs Ipswich Tigers

Israel Higgins

Currumbin Eagles

Caleb Evans

Logan Brothers RLC

Maconal Grealy

Toowoomba Valleys JRL

Ediq Ambrosyev

Coomera Cutters

Alec Jardine

Gympie JRL

Jack Howarth

Rockhampton Tigers

Jamaine Laei


Titi Nofoagatoto'a

Redcliffe Dolphins

Braythen Porter

Mareebra RLC


Queensland Rugby League Under 15 Emerging Origin squad

Brayden Paix

Southern Suburbs JRL, Toowoomba

Boston Tagg

Burleigh Heads Juniors RL

Shaun Packer

Roma Saints JRL

Ezra Mam

Souths Acacia Magpies

Floyd Aubrey

Wests Brisbane JRLFC

Blake Cesari

Highfields & District JRL

Reville MacPhee* (injured)


Prinston Esera

Souths Acacia Magpies

Kienan Tempest

Carina JRLFC

Zack Beckwith

Collegians JRL, Killarney

Brody Smitka

Helensvale Hornets

Xavier Va'a

Dalby Devils

Tyler Conroy

Kawana JRL

Bailey Martin

Burleigh Heads JRL

Devin Pule'anga

Souths Acacia Magpies

John Radel

West Brisbane

Keanu Dunrobin-Wright

Dalby Devils

Jesse Jackson

Ivanhoe Football & Recreation Club

Ieremia Nanai

Kangaroos JRLFC, Cairns

Jayden Thurston

Brothers, Toowoomba

Tuvalli Khan-Pereira

Burleigh Heads Juniors RL

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