Rabbitohs hooker Cameron McInnes has been named as captain of the Junior Kangaroos who are set to take on the Junior Kiwis tomorrow night in Auckland.
McInnes, who made his first grade debut against the Dragons in round five this year, has played 39 under 20s matches and seven NRL matches in his fledgling career, and now tops off his final year of under 20s football with the captaincy of the nation’s under 20s representative team.
McInnes captained the Rabbitohs’ under 20s outfit throughout 2013, a year in which he was named the Club’s best & fairest and players’ player amongst the under 20s squad, and led the Rabbitohs at stages throughout the 2014 season to their third consecutive finals appearance, in which he has played a role in all three campaigns.
McInnes, a South Sydney junior from the Botany Rams, is learning his trade alongside Kiwi international Issac Luke, and Head Coach Michael Maguire is very pleased to see his leadership qualities shining through at representative level.
“It’s great recognition for the leadership qualities he has,” Coach Maguire said.
“It’s a great honour for him and we’re looking forward to him bringing his experience at this level back to the first grade squad in pre-season training.”
Junior Kangaroos Coach Kelly Egan said: “He has been professional in everything that he has done.”
McInnes will face off against Rabbitohs team mate Sam Manuleleua who was selected for the Junior Kiwis last week.
The Junior Kangaroos will take on the Junior Kiwis at Mt Smart Stadium tomorrow evening, Saturday 18 October, at 7pm NZ time.
The Junior Kangaroos team is:
1) Clint Gutherson (Sea Eagles)
2) Valentine Holmes (Sharks)
3) Jack Bird (Dragons)
4) Euan Aitken (Dragons)
5) Jake Mamo (Knights)
6) Drew Hutchison (Dragons)
7) Ryan Matterson (Eels)
8) Matthew Lodge (Wests Tigers)
9) Cameron McInnes (c) (Rabbitohs)
10) Joe Ofahengaue (Broncos)
11) Patrick Mago (Raiders)
12) Tevita Pangai (Raiders)
13) Kelepi Tanginoa (Eels)
14) Brett Greinke (Broncos)
15) Willis Meehan (Roosters)
16) Cameron Munster (Storm)
17) Andy Saunders (Panthers)
18) Jackson Hastings (Roosters)
Coach – Kelly Egan