Grevsmuhl Emerging Maroon SOO Squad Selection

12th January 2016

Rabbitohs forward Chris Grevsmuhl has been selected in the Maroons Emerging Origin squad for the QAS Emerging Origin camp commencing in Brisbane this month. Featuring players from 10 National Rugby League clubs, the 20-man squad will utilise the Queensland Sport & Athletics Centre (QSAC) facilities from January 29-31. New Queensland State of Origin coach Kevin Walters said: “It’s always good to bring young blood through pathway programs like these. “Identifying that talent early, getting them in together and getting them around the camp environment is the main objective. Introducing them to the Origin staff in some capacity is another major benefit as well. “We’re always eager to look at the next generation of players coming through and the best way to do it is through these camps.” Walters said the Emerging Squad was a “great concept” that had played a pivotal role in Queensland’s Origin success over many years. “Most of them have played some sort of junior rep football or they know each other, but it’s nice to get them all together,” he said. “It’s good for the coaches as well, and for myself personally to meet them all and see their different personalities and different traits because at the end of the day we’d like to see them come through and eventually play Origin.”

Reynolds, Johnston Emerging Blues SOO Squad Selections

13th January 2016

Rabbitohs backs Adam Reynolds and Alex Johnston have been included in Laurie Daley’s 17-man Emerging Blues squad for 2016. The talented squad will come together at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 16 January at a camp designed to provide players with an insight into what it takes to play State of Origin for New South Wales. “These guys are players who are obviously very talented and we believe they have the potential to be Origin players,” Daley said. “It’s nice for them to be able to come into our environment and see how we go about things. “Hopefully they will get something out of the camp and it makes them more determined to be a part of the 2016 Holden State of Origin series.” The one-day camp covers a number of aspects including physical and mental preparation as well as team culture. “The camp will give these players an indication of what we are all about,” Daley said. “If they make the side it helps them walk into an environment they are somewhat familiar with – so when they arrive in camp they know what we do and how we go about it.”