Wednesday 21 February 2018 / 02:05 PM

NSWRL reveal Emerging Origin squad

A day after Queensland announced their Emerging Origin squad, Laurie Daley and the NSW Blues have named a talent-laden 22-man squad to take part in an Emerging Blues camp in January.

Seven members of Australia’s injury-hit Four Nations squad were picked: Dylan Walker, David Klemmer, Josh Jackson, Sione Mata’utia, Josh Mansour Matt Moylan and Alex Johnston.

While that group was already firmly in the frame to make a 2015 Origin debut after the maiden international call-up, the announcement of this squad has given a boost to young fringe contenders such as Dale Finucane, Nathan Peats, Adam Reynolds, Jack Wighton, Luke Brooks, Bryce Cartwright and Curtis Sironen.

South Sydney’s grand final five-eighth Luke Keary has been named, despite fighting tooth and nail to be allowed to play for his native Queensland. The stringent new eligibility laws have dictated the Ipswich-born Rabbitoh can only play for the Blues, but many from north of the border have called for common sense to prevail and allow Keary to vie for a Maroon jumper instead.

Perhaps the only genuine bolter to win a spot in the Emerging Blues squad is Parramatta tyro Tepai Moeroa. The 19-year-old impressed with several blockbusting displays in the final nine rounds of 2014 as he cemented a second-row spot in an Eels pack already dripping with young talent.

The full squad is:

Jack Wighton (Raiders)

Paul Vaughan (Raiders)

David Klemmer (Bulldogs)

Josh Jackson (Bulldogs)

Ryan James (Titans)

Aidan Sezer (Titans)

Dale Finucane (Storm)

Sione Mata’utia (Knights)

Nathan Peats (Eels)

Tepai Moeroa (Eels)

Matt Moylan (Panthers)

Josh Mansour (Panthers)

Bryce Cartwright (Panthers)

Adam Docker (Panthers)

Alex Johnston (Rabbitohs)

Dylan Walker (Rabbitohs)

Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs)

Cameron McInnes (Rabbitohs)

Kyle Turner (Rabbitohs)

Luke Brooks (Tigers)

Curtis Sironen (Tigers)


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