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U20's State of Origin

Australian Rugby League Commission Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said the introduction of an Under 20s Origin reflected the status of the game’s elite junior competition.

“The NRL Under 20's Cup is unrivalled in Australian sport as both a pathway for our junior stars on the field and for the career and education opportunities it provides for them as well,” Mr Gallop said.

“It has captured the imagination of fans and already this year has set new ratings records on Fox Sports.

“To see it provide the platform for an Under 20s State of Origin concept underlines the impact it has had on our game.”

NSW VB Blues coach, Ricky Stuart added: “I wrote a column when this competition was in its first year saying how exciting it was and how I thought it could develop into a representative pathway.

“To see that become a reality is exciting for our game and exciting for the future of State of Origin.

“Rugby League provides the best pathway possible for elite juniors to progress from the 16s and 18s ranks, through the 20s and on to the NRL and this will just add an exciting new dimension to that pathway.”

Both state teams will play for the Darren Lockyer Shield.

U/20's State of Origin Teams:

2012 Queensland Under 20's State of Origin Team
Position Name Club
Fullback Lachlan Maranta Brisbane Broncos / Norths
Wing Hymel Hunt Gold Coast Titans
Centre Tautau Moga Sydney Roosters
Centre Edrick Lee Canberra Raiders
Wing Aaron Whitchurch Brisbane Broncos / Redcliffe
Five-eighth Kurt Mann Newcastle Knights
Halfback Benjamin Hampton Melbourne Storm
Prop Brandon Tago Sydney Roosters
Hooker Alex Elisala North Queensland Cowboys
Prop Dylan Napa Sydney Roosters
Second row Caleb Timu Brisbane Broncos
Second row Mitchell Frei Brisbane Broncos/ Norths Devils
Lock Chris Grevsmuhl North Queensland Cowboys
Interchange:
  Benn Malley Brisbane Broncos
  Corey Oates Brisbane Broncos
  Travis Peeters Brisbane Broncos
  Moses Mbye Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
18th man: Kirisome Auva'a Melbourne Storm
2012 NSW Under 20's State of Origin Team
Position Name Club
Fullback Evander Cummins St George Illawarra Dragons
Wing Young Tonumaipea Melbourne Storm
Centre Cheyse Blair Parramatta Eels
Centre Ed Murphy Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Wing Chanel Mata’Utia Newcastle Knights
Five-eighth Harry Siejka Penrith Panthers
Halfback Jacob Miller Wests Tigers
Prop Matt Groat Wests Tigers
Hooker Michael Lichaa Cronulla Sharks
Prop Kane Evans Sydney Roosters
Second row Alex McKinnon Newcastle Knights
Second row Boyd Cordner Sydney Roosters
Lock Vaipuna Tia Kilifi Penrith Panthers
Interchange:
  Paul Carter Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
  Jack Stockwell Illawarra Cutters
  David Klemmer Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
  Shannon Boyd Canberra Raiders
18th Man: Lachlan Burr Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Coaches:

NSW: Dean Pay (Melbourne Storm)
Queensland: Kevin Walters (Melbourne Storm)