A total of eleven Rabbitohs spanning three age brackets were treated to Rugby League royalty this month as NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley joined a host of True Blues including former Rabbitohs prop, Mark Carroll, Brad Fittler, and Paul Sironen, as part of the NSW Emerging Blues camps at Narrabeen.
Liam Coleman, Angus Crichton, Brock Gray, Gabe Hamlin and John Olive (Under 20s), Berat Kaya and Ky Bouris (Under 16s), and Dylan O'Connor, Cameron Murray, Emre Guler and Campbell Graham (Under 18s), were all selected to take part in the event.
Driven by NSWRL Performance Programs Manager Jamie Feeney, the NSW Under-16s, 18s and 20s Emerging Blues camps are designed to develop the next wave of NSW Blues players.
The state’s finest young talent underwent a number of physical tests as well as participate in lectures from a range of experts including VB Blues coach Daley and nutritionists.
“It’s fantastic to educate our most talented young players on what it takes to be a NSW representative and contribute to their development to hopefully become professional Rugby League players,” Feeney said.
“The ultimate goal is to have these kids playing for the NSW Blues in the not too distant future. Being surrounded by former Origin greats is an invaluable experience for them.”
The NSW Under-16s, 18s and 20s will play the curtain raiser ahead of next year’s Origin I, II and III respectively.
(Pictured far right: Liam Coleman)