The Blues and Maroons of the future are set to feature under the bright lights of Leichhardt Oval in this year’s Under 19 men’s State of Origin clash on Thursday night.
After the last two years were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the next generation of NRL stars will be on display from 7.45pm with the best young talent from both states kicking off an Origin-filled weekend which sees the senior women's sides met on Friday before Game II of the Ampol State of Origin series on Sunday.
Canberra Raiders lock Trey Mooney and Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs centre Paul Alamoti are set to headline the Blues-in-waiting, while Melbourne Storm centre Jack Howarth, Brisbane hooker Blake Mozer and exciting Gold Coast talent Sosefo Fifita will line up for Queensland.
The match will be broadcast on the Nine Network and Fox Sports, while each under-19s team will also be permitted to select two NRL or NRLW contracted “marquee” under-20s players for the match.
Match: NSW U19s v QLD U19s
Round 1 -
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
New South Wales
Storm top-30 member Jonah Pezet has been named in the halves alongside Thomas Weaver, while Dragons-bound young gun Jack Bostock starts on the wing. Up front, Raiders forward Trey Mooney starts at lock after gaining NRL experience earlier this year while young Wests Tigers forwards Justin Matamua and Brandon Tumeth both earn spots in the run-on side.
Broncos hooker Blake Mozer features in the number nine jersey and will be one to watch after inking a long-term deal with Brisbane recently. Storm sensation Jack Howarth starts in the back row, while talented Panthers playmaker Isaiah Iongi will start at fullback, where he has registered 10 try involvements in his last four Jersey Flegg games for Penrith.
Fullback for NSW U19s is number 1 Terrell Kalo KaloFullback for QLD U19s is number 1 Isaiah Iongi
Winger for NSW U19s is number 2 Utuloa AsomuaWinger for QLD U19s is number 2 Jacob Mene
Centre for NSW U19s is number 3 Paul AlamotiCentre for QLD U19s is number 3 Sosefo Fifita
Centre for NSW U19s is number 4 Brad MorkosCentre for QLD U19s is number 4 Robert Toia
Winger for NSW U19s is number 5 Jack BostockWinger for QLD U19s is number 5 Xavier Chatfield-Mooka
Five-Eighth for NSW U19s is number 6 Thomas WeaverFive-Eighth for QLD U19s is number 6 Harradyn Wilson
Halfback for NSW U19s is number 7 Jonah PezetHalfback for QLD U19s is number 7 Thomas Duffy
Prop for NSW U19s is number 8 Max BradburyProp for QLD U19s is number 8 Xavier Va'a
Hooker for NSW U19s is number 9 Tyler MoriartyHooker for QLD U19s is number 9 Blake Mozer
Prop for NSW U19s is number 10 Justin MatamuaProp for QLD U19s is number 10 Paul Bryan
2nd Row for NSW U19s is number 11 Oryn Keeley2nd Row for QLD U19s is number 11 Edward Hampson
2nd Row for NSW U19s is number 12 Brandon Tumeth2nd Row for QLD U19s is number 12 Jack Howarth
Lock for NSW U19s is number 13 Trey MooneyLock for QLD U19s is number 13 Luke Jack
Interchange for NSW U19s is number 14 Jack ColeInterchange for QLD U19s is number 14 Jye Gray
Interchange for NSW U19s is number 15 Toby CouchmanInterchange for QLD U19s is number 15 Benjamin Te Kura
Interchange for NSW U19s is number 16 Larry MuagututiaInterchange for QLD U19s is number 16 Josiah Pahulu
Interchange for NSW U19s is number 17 Jacob WebsterInterchange for QLD U19s is number 17 Kulikefu Finefeuiaki
Replacement for NSW U19s is number 18 Charlie ThompsonReplacement for QLD U19s is number 18 Kaleb Ngamanu
- Referee: Wyatt Raymond
- Senior Review Official: Kasey Badger
Paul Alamoti (NSW) v Sosefo Fifita (QLD)
The battle of the outside backs could well be the secret to success for the blue and maroon clash. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldog Paul Alamoti will need to match Titans speedster Sosefo Fifita, who has been named 18th man for the Titans in their NRL clash against the Cronulla Sharks in Coffs Harbour — such is the prestige the young star is held in on the Gold Coast. Alamoti, 18, is one of the best strike centres coming through the junior representative grades and knows how to find the try line but will be tested against the cross-code star who is fast approaching an NRL debut.
Tune in details
- Australia: Live via Nine GEM, 9Now, Foxtel, Kayo Sports
- New Zealand: Live via Sky Sport NZ
- International: Digicel TBC