Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will be represented by six very talented players in tomorrow’s NSWRL Country vs City representative fixtures at Bankwest Stadium.
Full-back Lehi Hopoate, five-eighth Latu Fainu, second-rower Roy Quiroz-Mapusua, lock Mitchell Taotua, and forward Zedrick Tupulua will play for City against Country in the U16s representative match.
The City team is made up of players from the Harold Matthews Cup competition with the County team chosen from players in the Andrew Johns Cup.
The Sea Eagles will be represented by prop Samuela Fainu in the City team to take on Country in the U18s match. The City team was chosen from players in the SG Ball Cup with the Country players chosen from the Laurie Daley Cup.
In further good news for the Fainu family, Latu Fainu has been named as captain of the City U16s team, capping off a superb season for the exceptional five-eighth who was named Harold Matthews Cup Player of the Year after playing a major role in Manly’s undefeated premiership season.
All six players have come through the Sea Eagles Academy, with their selections again highlighting the strength of the club’s junior program.
Sea Eagles Head Coach Des Hasler congratulated the players on the selections.
“This is a wonderful achievement in recognition of their hard work and fine efforts throughout the season,’’ Hasler said.
“The players should be very proud of them themselves, their families, and the club they represent.
“Whenever you hear these players interviewed, they are always talking about the support they receive from their coaches and the junior reps program. You can see how grateful they are for the opportunities they have received.
“I wish them well for the weekend. I congratulate Latu on being named City captain. It is a great honour for this fine young man.”
The Country vs City matches at Bankwest Stadium will be livestreamed on NSWRL TV. Click here for the link
Fans wanting to attend Bankwest Stadium are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets in line with COVID-19 guidelines. Bankwest Stadium is a cashless venue.
11am: Country v City U16s
12.40pm: Country v City U18s