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QRL Media Release - QAS Emerging Origin Squad 2017 (announced December 9, 2016)

The Queensland Rugby League has today announced its 2017 QAS Emerging Origin squad.

The 20-man squad, which will assemble in late January, includes four newcomers to the senior Emerging camp – Coen Hess, Felise Kaufusi, Ashley Taylor and Christian Welch.

“The pathway programs we have available through the QAS are second to none and this is another fantastic opportunity to look at the next generation of players coming through,” Maroons head coach Kevin Walters said today.

“This year we saw Corey Oates and Justin O’Neill grab their opportunity at Origin level and I’m sure there will be other players from this program who will make a strong case for selection in 2017.”

QAS Emerging Origin Squad:

Jayson Bukuya (Cronulla Sharks)
Dale Copley (Sydney Roosters)
Kyle Feldt (NQ Cowboys)
Tim Glasby (Melbourne Storm)
Jake Granville (NQ Cowboys)
Coen Hess (NQ Cowboys)
Valentine Holmes (Cronulla Sharks)
Ben Hunt (Brisbane Broncos)
Felise Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm)
Edrick Lee (Canberra Raiders)
Ethan Lowe (NQ Cowboys)
Nene Macdonald (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Anthony Milford (Brisbane Broncos)
Cameron Munster (Melbourne Storm)
Moses Mbye (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters)
Lloyd Perrett (Canterbury Bulldogs / Manly Sea Eagles)
Ashley Taylor (Gold Coast Titans)
Christian Welch (Melbourne Storm)
Jarrod Wallace (Gold Coast Titans)

Queensland Under 20 Emerging squad (announced December 19, 2016)

The Queensland Rugby League has announced the Queensland State of Origin Emerging Under 20 Squad for 2017.

Former Queensland Maroon Justin Hodges has come onto the staff and will join Kurt Wrigley in guiding the players during the camp next month.

The players will train at Griffith University and QSAC from January 19 to January 22.

A number of the selected players have already had a taste of the representative arena, having represented Queensland in the Under 20 interstate match against New South Wales in July, including this year's skipper Jaydn Su’A.

The Broncos forward and emerging Melbourne Storm half Brodie Croft have also made the step up to the NRL, making their debuts this season.

Queensland State of Origin Emerging Under 20 Squad

Corey Allan (Brisbane Broncos)
AJ Brimson (Gold Coast Titans)
Patrick Carrigan (Brisbane Broncos)
Reuben Cotter (NQ Cowboys)
Brodie Croft (Melbourne Storm)
Mitch Dunn (NQ Cowboys)
Harry Grant (Melbourne Storm)
Keegan Hipgrave (Brisbane Broncos)
Lachlan Lanskey (Brisbane Broncos)
Bernard Lewis (Sydney Roosters)
Jesse Marschke (Sydney Roosters)
Thomas Mikaele (Wests Tigers)
Haydyn O’Hara (Brisbane Broncos)
Keenan Palasia (Brisbane Broncos)
Cory Parker (Melbourne Storm)
Emry Pere (NQ Cowboys)
Hiale Roycroft (NQ Cowboys)
Bacho Salam (NQ Cowboys)
Phillip Sami (Gold Coast Titans)
William Samuel (Canberra Raiders)
Jesse Savage (Cronulla Sharks)
Gehamat Shibasaki (Brisbane Broncos)
Jaydn Su’A (Brisbane Broncos)
Cameron Torpy (Brisbane Broncos)
Enari Tuala (NQ Cowboys)
Brent Woolf (Brisbane Broncos)

QRL Media Release - QAS Emerging Origin Squad 2016 (January 12 - 2016)

New XXXX Maroons coach Kevin Walters is excited about the opportunity to work with Queensland’s finest young talent at the QAS Emerging Origin Squad camp commencing in Brisbane this month.

Featuring players from 10 National Rugby League clubs, the 20-man squad will utilise the Queensland Sport & Athletics Centre (QSAC) facilities from January 29-31.  

“It’s always good to bring young blood through pathway programs like these,” Walters said.

“Identifying that talent early, getting them in together and getting them around the camp environment is the main objective. Introducing them to the Origin staff in some capacity is another major benefit as well.

“We’re always eager to look at the next generation of players coming through and the best way to do it is through these camps.”

The 2016 squad includes premiership-winning North Queensland Cowboys hooker Jake Granville, a Central Queensland product who first shot to prominence with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the Intrust Super Cup.

“He’s had a couple of good years at the Broncos and was a really dominant player for the Cowboys last year so we thought it was time to introduce him to the squad as well,” Walters said.

“We’re very well positioned there at hooker if Cameron Smith is unavailable for whatever reason.

“We’ve got some good young talent coming through. Jake Friend from the Roosters is another one who has been in the system for two or three years now so it was probably time we introduced more of our Queensland talent to the program.” 

Walters said the Emerging Squad was a “great concept” that had played a pivotal role in Queensland’s Origin success over many years.

“Most of them have played some sort of junior rep football or they know each other, but it’s nice to get them all together,” he said.

“It’s good for the coaches as well, and for myself personally to meet them all and see their different personalities and different traits because at the end of the day we’d like to see them come through and eventually play Origin.”

QAS Emerging Origin Squad:

JAYSON BUKUYA (Cronulla Sharks)
DALE COPLEY (Sydney Roosters)
TIM GLASBY (Melbourne Storm)
JAKE GRANVILLE (North Queensland Cowboys)
CHRIS GREVSMUHL (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
VALENTINE HOLMES (Cronulla Sharks)
BEN HUNT (Brisbane Broncos)
EDRICK LEE (Canberra Raiders)
ETHAN LOWE (North Queensland Cowboys)
NENE MACDONALD (Gold Coast Titans)
MOSES MBYE (Canterbury Bulldogs)
ANTHONY MILFORD (Brisbane Broncos)
CAMERON MUNSTER (Melbourne Storm)
DYLAN NAPA (Sydney Roosters)
JOE OFAHENGAUE (Brisbane Broncos)
JUSTIN O’NEILL (North Queensland Cowboys)
COREY OATES (Brisbane Broncos)
LLOYD PERRETT (Canterbury Bulldogs)
KORBIN SIMS (Newcastle Knights)
JARROD WALLACE (Brisbane Broncos) 

QAS Under 20 2016 squad - (QRL story - January 6, 2016)

The Queensland Academy of Sport Under 20s extended squad has been named, with Broncos-contracted players dominating the 26-man list.

Eleven players named in the squad have Broncos contracts, with Cowboys and Storm players also well represented, including rising Cowboys star Kalyn Ponga. 

Five of the squad made Intrust Super Cup appearances in 2015 as well as being contracted to their respective NRL clubs. Michael Molo and Josh Fauid ran on for Norths Devils, with George Fai representing Souths Logan, Sam Smith the CQ Capras and Coen Hess the Mackay Cutters.

Six players are returning from last year's Queensland Under 20s team that lost to NSW and eight players are stepping up from the victorious 2015 Queensland Under 18s squad, including Jaydn Su'A.

Coach Kurt Wrigley says the team's representative experience will be a bonus.

"I'm confident we can get this group up to standard because we have a lot of the guys backing up from last year's Under 20s and they'll have a little hurt from that," he said.

"I've got more time with them at the camp this year, so I'm really looking forward to working with this team."

Elijah Alick Samuel Smith
William Brimson Tristan Hope
Lindsay Collins Keegan Hipgrave
George Fai Samuelu Lavea
Jaydn Su'A Lachlan Lanskey
Michael Molo Kalyn Ponga
Gideon Gela Cooper Bambling
Darren Schonig Coen Hess
Keenan Yorston Jayden Nikorima
Josh Fauid Shane Wright
Lachlan Lewis Brodie Croft
Jake Turpin Josh Kerr
Charlie Galo JJ Felise

Coach: Kurt Wrigley
Assistant Coach: Jon Buchanan

QRL Media Release - December 16, 2014 - announcing the 2015 squads

The Queensland Rugby League’s successful QAS program will undergo a transformation next year, with the revamping of the junior development squad and an expansion of the existing Emerging Origin Squad.

The Queensland State of Origin Emerging Squad (formerly referred to as the senior Emerging Squad) will grow from 14 to 18 players in 2015; while the Emerging Maroons Squad will take the place of the Junior Emerging Squad.

Consisting of a mix of eligible Under 20 players, recent NYC graduates and players with both second-tier (Intrust Super Cup) and NRL experience – this new squad represents a broadening of the talent that can be found in Queensland and will provide yet another pathway opportunity for players.

Blake Leary (Manly Sea Eagles), Shaun Nona (Melbourne Storm), Javid Bowen and Patrick Kaufusi (both North Queensland Cowboys) were all part the NRL State Championship winning Northern Pride team this year; while Storm / Easts duo Cameron Munster and Hymel Hunt both played for the Tigers in the loss to the Pride in the Queensland final.

Having performed consistently for a number of seasons as part of the North Queensland Cowboys back row; Gavin Cooper has been given his first opportunity to take part in the Queensland State of Origin Emerging Squad helmed by QAS rugby league director Wayne Bennett and current XXXX Maroons coach Mal Meninga.

He will be joined by fellow debutants Tim Glasby (Melbourne / Easts), Corey Thompson (Bulldogs), Tautau Moga (Cowboys), Brisbane halfback and new Kangaroo Ben Hunt and NRL grand final winning Rabbitoh Dave Tyrrell as the new faces in the senior program.

Both training camps will take place at the Queensland Academy of Sport in January next year.

Queensland State of Origin Emerging Squad 2015

(QAS – January 9-11)

Gavin Cooper – North Queensland Cowboys
Dale Copley – Brisbane Broncos
Jake Friend – Sydney Roosters
Dane Gagai – Newcastle Knights
Tim Glasby – Melbourne Storm / Easts Tigers
Valentine Holmes – Cronulla Sharks
Ben Hunt – Brisbane Broncos
Brenton Lawrence – Manly Sea Eagles
Edrick Lee – Canberra Raiders
Josh McGuire – Brisbane Broncos
Anthony Milford – Brisbane Broncos
Tautau Moga – North Queensland Cowboys
Michael Morgan – North Queensland Cowboys
Dylan Napa – Sydney Roosters
James Segeyaro – Penrith Panthers
Korbin Sims – Newcastle Knights
Corey Thompson – Canterbury Bulldogs
David Tyrrell – South Sydney Rabbitohs

Emerging Maroons Squad 2015

(QAS – January 15-18)

Jai Arrow – Brisbane Broncos
Luke Bateman – Canberra Raiders
Jordan Drew – Brisbane Broncos
Jayden Nikorima – Brisbane Broncos
Joe Ofahengaue – Brisbane Broncos
Marion Seve – Wests Tigers
Coen Hess – North Queensland Cowboys
Brenko Lee – Canberra Raiders
Ashley Taylor – Brisbane Broncos
Lindsay Collins – Brisbane Broncos
Patrick Kaufusi – North Queensland Cowboys / Northern Pride 
Nene MacDonald – Sydney Roosters
Lloyd Perrett – Canterbury Bulldogs
Kierran Moseley – Gold Coast Titans
Cameron Munster – Melbourne Storm / Easts Tigers 
Corey Oates – Brisbane Broncos
Brendan Elliot – Sydney Roosters
Patrick Mago – Canberra Raiders
Kane Elgey – Gold Coast Titans
Kyle Feldt – North Queensland Cowboys / Northern Pride 
Ethan Lowe – North Queensland Cowboys / Northern Pride 
Shaun Nona – Melbourne Storm
Javid Bowen – North Queensland Cowboys / Northern Pride 
Hymel Hunt – Melbourne Storm / Easts Tigers 
Sam Hoare – North Queensland Cowboys / Mackay Cutters 
Blake Leary – Manly Sea Eagles


Ben Barba (Brisbane Broncos)
Justin O’Neill (Melbourne Storm)
Will Chambers (Melbourne Storm)
Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights)
Edrick Lee (Canberra Raiders)
Anthony Milford (Canberra Raiders)
Martin Kennedy (Brisbane Broncos)
Jake Friend (Sydney Roosters)
Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters)
Korbin Sims (Newcastle Knights)
Aidan Guerra (Sydney Roosters)
Michael Morgan (North Queensland Cowboys)
Brenton Lawrence (Manly Sea Eagles)
James Segeyaro (Penrith Panthers)


Ben BARBA (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Justin O’NEILL (Melbourne Storm)
Edrick LEE (Canberra Raiders)
Michael MORGAN (North Queensland Cowboys)
Dale COPLEY (Brisbane Broncos)
Daly CHERRY-EVANS (Manly Sea Eagles)
Andrew McCULLOUGH (Brisbane Broncos)
Martin KENNEDY (Sydney Roosters)
Ben RIDGE (Gold Coast Titans)
Josh McGUIRE (Brisbane Broncos)
Aidan GUERRA (Sydney Roosters)
Josh PAPALII (Canberra Raiders)
William ZILLMAN (Gold Coast Titans)
Chris McQUEEN (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

• Training Camp at Queensland Academy of Sport – January 25-27 (2013)


Ben BARBA (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Justin O’NEILL (Melbourne Storm)
Maurice BLAIR (Melbourne Storm)
Esi TONGA (Parramatta Eels)
Dale COPLEY (Brisbane Broncos)
Daly CHERRY-EVANS (Manly Sea Eagles)
Chris SANDOW (Parramatta Eels)
Martin KENNEDY (Sydney Roosters)
Jake FRIEND (Sydney Roosters)
Josh McGUIRE (Brisbane Broncos)
Matt GILLETT (Brisbane Broncos)
Lama TASI (Sydney Roosters)
Ben TE’O (Brisbane Broncos)
Chris McQUEEN (South Sydney Rabbitohs)


Ben BARBA (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Daniel VIDOT (Canberra Raiders)
Jharal YOW YEH (Brisbane Broncos)
Dane NIELSEN (Melbourne Storm)
Justin O’NEILL (Melbourne Storm)
Daly CHERRY-EVANS (Manly Sea Eagles)
Robert LUI (Wests Tigers)
Martin KENNEDY (Sydney Roosters)
Jake FRIEND (Sydney Roosters)
Matt BELL (Penrith Panthers)
Matt GILLETT (Brisbane Broncos)
Ben TE’O (Brisbane Broncos)
Ben LOWE (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
William ZILLMAN (Gold Coast Titans)