Friday 23 March 2018 / 07:42 PM

Emerging Maroons squads announced

Smarting after losing their first State of Origin series since 2005, the Queensland Rugby League hierarchy has made some important changes to their development pathways and revered Emerging Origin program.

The Queensland State of Origin Emerging Squad has been expanded from 14 to 18 players this summer. A star-studded squad will assemble at the Queensland Academy of Sport in January, headlined by high-profile fringe contenders Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Gavin Cooper, Dale Copley, Dane Gagai, Jake Friend, Anthony Milford, Brenton Lawrence, Michael Morgan and James Segeyaro, along with less-discussed potential Maroons Edrick Lee, Valentine Holmes, Korbin Sims and Tim Glasby.

Hunt, Cooper, Glasby, Corey Thompson, Tautau Moga and Dave Tyrell are making their first appearances in the program.

The Emerging Maroons Squad, made up of NYC-eligible players and recent graduates from the Under-20s premiership, along with Intrust Super Cup-experienced players and youngsters with less extensive NRL experience, has replaced what was known as the Junior Emerging Squad.

Notable names in that promising bunch include Jordan Drew, Brenko Lee, Nene MacDonald, Corey Oates, Cameron Munster, Ethan Lowe, Kyle Feldt and Lloyd Perrett, all of whom played NRL football in 2014, while NYC guns Joe Ofahengaue, Jayden Nikorima and Ashley Taylor, and former Northern Pride match-winner Shaun Nona have also won the prestigious call-up.

It’s an array of talent that is sure to have the NSW Blues’ brains trust slightly nervous as they look to build their own dynasty in coming seasons.


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


[Queensland Rugby League]

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