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QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga knows the Maroons’ State of Origin future is in good hands.
The good news for Meninga and the Maroons is the calibre of players pushing to be part of Queensland’s Generation Next.
“We are really fortunate to have such a quality group of young players coming through, a lot of them already with grand final or international experience from the World Cup.
“Most pleasingly though is the depth of talent that we now have at our disposal across all positions, thanks to the development work that has been done as part of our future planning.
“Even someone as irreplaceable to our team as our captain Cameron Smith, if the worst was to happen and he was not available through injury, we have a guy like Jake Friend waiting in the wings who, to me, looks tailor-made for Origin footy.
“And behind Jake, we had James Segeyaro in the Emerging Origin program as well, so that gives you an idea of the quality of depth we are talking about.
“Most pleasingly, there is that quality across all of the positions, and we have a number of players ready to establish themselves as Queensland Origin players for the next five to 10 years.”
This year’s QAS Emerging Origin squad is: Ben Barba (Brisbane Broncos), Justin O’Neill (Melbourne Storm), Will Chambers (Melbourne Storm), Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights), Edrick Lee (Canberra Raiders), Anthony Milford (Canberra Raiders), Martin Kennedy (Brisbane Broncos), Jake Friend (Sydney Roosters), Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters), Korbin Sims (Newcastle Knights), Aidan Guerra (Sydney Roosters), Michael Morgan (North Queensland Cowboys), Brenton Lawrence (Manly Sea Eagles), James Segeyaro (Penrith Panthers)
Source : Queensland FOG
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