Six exciting young Manly players will have the chance to show their talents on the big stage in Brisbane on Wednesday night.
Josh Schuster, Sione Fainu, Siua Fotu, Ben Trbojevic, Kaeo Weekes, and Alec Tuitavake will represent the NSW Blues against Queensland in the U18s curtain-raiser to this year’s opening State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium.
Their selections were a fine reward for their strong performances for the Sea Eagles that saw Manly finish runners-up in the SG Ball competition this season.
Schuster was named the NSWRL SG Ball Player of the Series for the U18s competition.
To prepare for their battle with Queensland, the NSW U18s players had an opposed session with the Blues at Homebush on Monday.
The session also saw the six Sea Eagles players compete against Manly's NSW forward Jake Trbojevic.
NSW U18s team
Bradman Best (Newcastle Knights); Mitchell Black (Newcastle Knights), Oliver Clements (Central Coast Roosters), Sione Fainu (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Matthew Feagai (Illawarra Steelers), Max Feagai (Illawarra Steelers), Siua Fotu (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Noah Griffiths (Bathurst Panthers/Melbourne Storm), David Hollis (Parramatta Eels), Sam Hughes (Parramatta Eels), Trey Mooney (Parramatta Eels), Viliami Penisini (Parramatta Eels), Joshua Schuster (Manly), Tyrell Sloan (Illawarra Steelers), Jayden Sullivan (Illawarra Steelers), Jackson Topine (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Ben Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Alec Tuitavake (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Junior Tupou (Canberra Raiders), Kaeo Weekes (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles). Coach: Michael Ennis.