Maroons call up Storm quartet
The 2017 Queensland Maroons Emerging Origin squad will have a strong sense of purple pride about it next year.
Four Storm players; Tim Glasby, Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi and Christian Welch have been named in Kevin Walters’ 20-man squad.
The quartet will take part in a January training camp that will help develop the next generation of Maroons talent.
Jordan McLean was also named in the NSW Blues Emerging Origin squad earlier this week.
This will be the second year running Glasby and Munster will take part in the camp, a testament to the pair’s consistent form and improvement during the 2016 season.
Kaufusi’s call-up comes after finding himself on the cusp of Origin selection earlier this year when he was named Queensland’s 18th man for Game III.
Welch, 22, took a significant step forward in his development during 2016 by playing 17 games in Craig Bellamy’s side.
The 2017 State of Origin series will kick off in Brisbane on May 31, Game II on June 21 before the final game of the series returns to Suncorp Stadium on July 12.
Full 2017 Queensland 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 Mybe (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters)
Lloyd Perrett (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Ashley Taylor (Gold Coast Titans)
Christian Welch (Melbourne Storm)
Jarrod Wallace (Gold Coast Titans)