Michael Molo out to make a name for himself

No matter how big the collisions are on the footy field, they will never rattle Michael Molo.

Growing up with North Queensland Cowboys’ Francis Molo - as well as two other burly brothers - Molo is well used to the contact.

The West Brisbane Panthers prop has been named for the XXXX Queensland Rangers for the second year in a row and will line up in the starting pack, led by second rower Jesse Dee, to take on the New South Wales Pioneers at Davies Park on Sunday.

Michael Molo in action for the Rangers in 2018. Photo: NRL Images
Michael Molo in action for the Rangers in 2018. Photo: NRL Images

Molo said those backyard sessions with three competitive brothers had prepared him well for a life in league; one that has led him to being rated as one of the most promising forwards in the Brisbane competition.

"We all grew up pretty rough, I got a few knocks here and there," Molo said.

"It's good now playing adult footy… growing up I got used to the contact playing with my brothers and stuff.

"(Francis) still gives me tips on what I need to improve on in my game and I still talk to him during the week."

Now, Molo is looking to write his name into the rugby league history books, paving his own path to success.

Michael Molo during Rangers training. Photo: Scott Davis/NRL Images
Michael Molo during Rangers training. Photo: Scott Davis/NRL Images

He made his Intrust Super Cup debut for Norths fresh out of high school back in 2015 and has notched up 13 more appearances since.

Molo is hoping back-to-back campaigns with the Rangers will help elevate him into more consistent state league action in the near future.

"That is the goal, I was talking to the Norths coach before and he told me just to keep playing the way that I am playing and hopefully I will get a run soon," Molo said.

"Norths are going pretty good at the moment, so it's hard to get a spot when they are going well in the comp.

"When an opportunity comes I will take it with both hands."

The Rangers beat the Pioneers 46-16 last year and will be looking to win again Sunday. The game will be live streamed online from 11.30am.