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Thunderbolts player Kea Pere has been called up to represent Queensland Under-18s.

A big-bodied winger who runs hard and is tough to handle, Pere will play in the curtain raiser prior to Origin II next Wednesday night. 

"He is a really good kid, I am really proud that he has been called into that side," Thunderbolts coach Eric Smith said.

"It is only his first year in the Under-20s competition.

"I am sure he is going to do a really good job in that Under-18s game. All the players and coaching staff are really proud of him."

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Pere's call up comes after Storm had three players selected in the Under-20s Origin showpiece last month.

Thunderbolts captain Harry Grant and Brodie Croft played for the Queensland while Curtis Scott represented NSW.

The representative experience is a great step in development for the young players.

"When players go and make these rep teams it gives them great confidence in themselves," Smith said.

"I think it is a good thing for these young players to get out and experience that.

"We are hoping that Kea comes back with a really good experience under his belt and he is able to play really good football for the rest of the year on the back of that."

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