Experienced half Brayden Torpy will line up for the Queensland Universities team for the second consecutive year on Saturday.
Torpy was instrumental for the side in 2018, scoring a try and kicking seven goals in Queensland’s 52-12 demolition of New South Wales in Sydney.
Six players, along with Torpy, return for the Queensland side in 2019: Matt Butler, Sam Collins, Dylan Haaijer, Declan Morrissy, Dalton Phillips and Josh Rogers.
“Anytime you get the chance to wear that Queensland jersey, you relish the opportunity,” Torpy said.
“Regardless of the level of footy, it’s always special to represent Queensland.”
This year’s game will be played on Saturday at noon at Langlands Park - a ground Torpy is very familiar with, having spent the past two seasons with the Easts Tigers.
The 24-year-old was a part of the last year’s grand final side that suffered a narrow defeat at the hands Redcliffe Dolphins.
Brayden has since linked up with his former club, Northern Pride, where he played 18 games during his debut Intrust Super Cup season in 2016.
There will be no shortage of talent on show for the Queensland Universities side, with fellow Intrust Super Cup players Dalton Phillips (Sunshine Coast Falcons), Jack Miers (Norths Devils), Josh Rogers (Burleigh Bears), Cody McIntosh (Souths Logan Magpies), Jack Brock (Mackay Cutters) and Jake Sparey (Redcliffe Dolphins) lining up.
“There is a handful of players in the side who play in the Intrust Super Cup,” Torpy said.
“There’s also a fair amount of the boys who play in the BRL and university competitions.
“I’ve obviously played a fair few games at Intrust Super Cup level now, so I’m hoping I can utilise that experience for this Queensland side."
Predominately a half, Torpy will be playing out of position on Saturday.
“I’m playing fullback which is a bit different for me,” Torpy said.
“Wherever Gliddo (coach Mark Gliddon) wants me, I’m happy to play.
“I’m going to try and be as loud as possible, and direct the team from the back.”
Queensland will be hoping for a similar performance to 2018, with strong performers to be considered for selection in the Australian Universities squad.
The Australian Universities team will tour Fiji in October and face both New Zealand and Fijian national university outfits.
2019 Queensland Universities team
Jack Brock (Central Queensland University)
Matthew Butler (Griffith University)
Ryan Cameron (University of Queensland)
Sam Collins (Queensland University of Technology)
Harrison Graham (Queensland University of Technology)
Dylan Haaijer (TAFE)
Hector Hilberto (University of Queensland)
Josh James (Queensland University of Technology)
Cody McIntosh (Central Queensland University)
Jack Miers (Australian Training Company)
Declan Morrissy (Australian Catholic University)
Jordon Perrins-Phillips (Murray Mallee Training Company)
Dalton Phillips (TAFE)
Tom Rafter (University of Sunshine Coast)
Brock Richardson (All Trades Queensland)
Joshua Rogers (Southern Cross University)
Jake Sparey (Griffith University)
Brayden Torpy (Central Queensland University)