University, TAFE and private college students have the chance to attend a State of Origin match in Sydney and tour South Africa while representing their state and country this year.
Applications have opened for the Queensland Universities team that will meet NSW Universities at St Mary’s in Sydney on Sunday, June 24.
An Australian Universities team to go on a 10-day tour South Africa in October will be chosen from that game.
The Queensland team will then attend the second State of Origin match in Sydney that night.
For the upcoming interstate challenge, former Redcliffe Queensland Cup mentor Gary O’Brien will be head coach.
O’Brien has assembled a strong coaching staff, with ex-NRL player Mark Tookey and 2017 Norths Devils Intrust Super Cup coach Mark Gliddon to be his assistants.
Past players to have represented Queensland Universities include Tookey, former Queensland Origin players Lote Tuqiri and Adam Mogg, ex-Broncos Nick Kenny and Mick Roberts and former NRL and current UK Super League star Matt Parcell.
The Queensland Universities team will go into camp at midday on Wednesday, June 20, and will stay in camp until the afternoon of Monday, June 25 upon return from Sydney.
Participants will need to meet a levy of approximate $1000-$1200 that will cover all costs of the camp, including accommodation, meals and team gear and equipment.
This will also include a ticket to the State of Origin blockbuster in Sydney.
The match against NSW Universities will kick off at 1pm on June 24, with a post-game function to proceed in the St Mary’s Leagues Club afterwards.
At that function the Australian Universities team to travel to South Africa will be announced.
The application – open to students studying towards a diploma level qualification or above – is a quick process of filling in an on-line form with partner UniSport Australia's website.
Applications will close at 5pm on Monday, May 21, with the team to be announced on www.QRL.com.au.
To apply for the Queensland Universities team, click here – Queensland University team application.
NOTE: all participants in the interstate match need to be aiming to be available for that tour, or should not apply.