Two very promising young Manly Warringah Sea Eagles players have been named in the NSW Under 19s squad.
Exciting young full-back Charlie Thompson and powerful forward Samuela Fainu have been named in the Blues squad to play Queensland at Leichhardt Oval on Thursday, June 23, under Coach Andrew Ryan.
Both players have come through the strong Sea Eagles Pathways Academy.
Thompson joined Manly at the age of 16 and has played two seasons in the SG Ball Cup for the Sea Eagles.
Fainu joined the Sea Eagles as a development player at the age of 14.
He played in the undefeated Harold Matthews Cup premiership winning team last year and played for Manly in the SG Ball Cup this season.
Fainu then made a successful Jersey Flegg Cup debut for Manly at Campbelltown last week, scoring two tries.
Former Harold Matthews premiership winning coach and current Jersey Flegg Coach Adam McEwen said both players deserved their selections.
“Samuela is a big, athletic and skilful forward who is equally at home in the middle or on an edge,’’ McEwen said.
“He is a great communicator on the field and works hard on his game at training.
“Samuela is a real leader amongst his peers and is very coachable. He has really good instincts for the game and has a knack of being in the right place at the right time.”
“Charlie is a hard worker and his selection is a great reward for his dedication and persistence. He is a speedy outside back with a really strong skill set.
“He got a bad injury earlier on in the season but a great work ethic towards his rehb has got him back on the field.
“He played Jersey Flegg last year before the season ended and has been identified as a player of real talent.”
The match will be broadcast live from 7.45pm on the Nine Network and Fox.