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Junior Origin


From todays Telegraph

Inside the Junior Blues camp​


Here’s a look at who’s who as NSW coach Brad Fittler gives Blues fans a glimpse into the future after hand picking the state’s brightest talent to join a two-day junior Origin training camp.

The 41-strong squad also includes Fittler’s son Zach, who is making waves in both rugby league and in the 15-man after starring for the Waratahs in the national under-16s National Championships.
But Zach Fittler isn’t the only familiar name in the squad. The younger brother of Jimmy ‘The Jet’ Roberts, Michael headlines a crop of rising backs including Chevy Stewart and Wests Tigers’ try-scoring machine Josh Feledy.
The squad also includes some of the best bush footy prospects, like playmaker Nick Murphy, who has been snapped up by reigning premiers Penrith.


Moustafa Dirani (Lock) – Penrith Panthers (SG Ball)
The lock forward isn’t the biggest body but his work ethic made him a standout for Hill Sports High in the Schoolboys Cup this year.

Jaxen Edgar (Fullback/Five-eighth) – Penrith Panthers (Harold Matts)
A versatile spine player, Edgar is a crafty five-eighth with a well developed passing game and isn’t afraid to take on the line.

Harrison Hassett (Backrow) – Penrith Panthers (Jersey Flegg)
The powerful ball runner was SG Ball player of the year for Penrith and man-of-the-match for City after having a hand in two tries against Country in the under-18s clash earlier this year.

Jesse McLean (Centre/Fullback) – Penrith Panthers (SG Ball)
One of the best back prospects, the powerful fullback can find the tryline. At 185 cm and weighing 90kg, he is already on the radar of several NRL clubs and the ARU.

Nick Murphy (Five-eighth) – Penrith Panthers (SG Ball)
The Orange CYMS junior is arguably the brightest bush footy prospect and has been added to Penrith’s SG Ball side for season 2023. Possessing a lethal step, Murphy was named Country under-18s player of the year.

iam Ison (Fullback) – Penrith Panthers (SG Ball)
Another talented junior off the club’s production line, the teenager played up a grade in the Jersey Flegg and was part of Penrith’s grand final win. The fullback is a hard runner that can bust a tackle.

One that left

Finau Latu (Forward) – St George Illawarra Dragons (Development player, SG Ball)
A tough and workhorse like middle forward poached from Penrith’s junior system on a development deal. What Latu lacks in size, he more than makes up for with athletic and sheer tenacity.


Lamback rates McLean highly and Hassett was obviously a standout who impressed me on the occasions I watched him.

I can’t say I remember Durani or Latu. Obviously watched them but they just don’t ring a bell.

The fullback Ison was brilliant in the finals but does his lack of size count against him?


McLean is going to be the best there.
Interested to see how Murphy goes with decent competition

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