The Dyldam Parramatta Eels would like to congratulate Blue and Gold Junior Representatives Tui Afualo and Joshua Curran who were today named in the NSW Under-18s team to take on Queensland in the Origin II curtain-raiser at Suncorp Stadium on 22nd June.

The team will assemble for a Medical & Training session tomorrow night (Wednesday 15 June) at the NSWRL Academy, Narrabeen under the guidance and tuition of Head Coach Brad Fittler and Assistant Coach Matt King.

The State of Origin camp will then begin on Friday night before flying to Port Macquarie on Saturday morning where we will be the guests of Origin Pathways major sponsor Bamford Engineering. The four-day camp will include open training sessions at Port Macquarie Regional Stadium, hospital and school visits by our staff and players and development clinics with junior players to promote support for NSW and Rugby League in the area.

The team will arrive in Brisbane on Tuesday, 21 June, with the Under-18s State of Origin clash to kick off at 5:40pm.

The naming of Afualo and Curran comes off the back of a very strong 2016 campaign in the Eels’ SG Ball side, with Afualo named SG Ball Best Back and Curran SG Ball Best Forward at the 2016 Eels District Representative Award Night.

The full NSW Under-18s team is as follows:

1

Ryan Papenhuyzen

Balmain Tigers

2

Isaac Lumelume

Cronulla Sharks

3

Tui Afualo

Parramatta Eels

4

Nick Cotric

Canberra Raiders

5

Zac Lomax

Illawarra Steelers

6

Brendan O’Hagan

Newcastle Knights

7

Sean O’Sullivan

Penrith Panthers

8

Emre Guler

South Sydney Rabbitohs

9

Reece Robson

St George Illawarra

10

Jai Whitbread

Brisbane Broncos

11

Cameron Murray

South Sydney Rabbitohs

12

Samuel Radovu

Penrith Panthers

13

Brodie Jones

Newcastle Knights

14

Tom Starling

Newcastle Knights

15

Pesami Saulo

Newcastle Knights

16

Payne Haas

Gold Coast

17

Keaon Kolomatangi

South Sydney Rabbitohs

18

Joshua Curran

Parramatta Eels

Head Coach

Brad Fittler

 

Assistant Coach

Matt King