SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21: Kyle Schneider of the Blues talks to Brad Fittler after the U18s State of Origin between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 21, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Thirty-eight players from 13 NRL clubs, including Nathan Cleary, Connor Watson and Angus Crichton, have been selected by Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler in an Emerging Blues squad, to assemble in Sydney in January.

The squad, comprised of players potentially destined for higher honours and State of Origin representation, will assemble at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, 13 January for a session with NSW True Blue Origin legends ahead of the 2018 season.

Andrew Johns, Craig Fitzgibbon, Matt King, Mark O’Meley and Anthony Minichiello will join Fittler and Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues Assistant Coach Danny Buderus at the camp in specialist positional coaching roles. In addition to undertaking skills work, Emerging Blues will attend presentations preparing the young stars for league’s toughest arena.

“I’ve brought these players in because they’re players I really respect and I believe they can learn a lot from the camp – both on and off the field,” Fittler says.

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“The majority of these players are young stars already playing first grade, or on their way to the top grade.

“These players will be the backbone of the NSW Origin team going forward. They all have a big future.

“We’re hoping they get a lot from the Emerging Blues camp, about expectations, and learning from some of NSW Origin’s best former players, who I have played with and really respect.”

2018 EMERGING BLUES SQUAD

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24 COMMENTS

  1. This would be my side for next year

    1: J Tedesco
    2: J Mansour
    3: T Trbojevic
    4: D Walker
    5: J Addo Carr
    6: M Moses
    7: N Cleary
    8: D Klemmer
    9: N Peats
    10: J McLean
    11: B Cordner ( C )
    12: W Graham
    13: J Trbojevic

    14: T Peachy
    15: A Fifta
    16: R Campbell Gillard
    17: T Frizzel

    18: J Bird
    19: J Maloney
    20: J Jackson
    21: P Vaughn

    • That’s actually a good team dude, only change I would have is I want to see Api Koroisau in for peats, just don’t think Peats has enough attack and playing api gives great attack and defence and camber a breather to give Peachey a run or api can play 80

      • Thanks for the vote of confidence in the South Sydney junior system crowy but both Peats and Api are either a Souths junior or an NYC representative, so WIN/WIN. 😉

    • I feel like I’m the only person who thinks josh Jackson is the first pick for nsw… he has always been in the 3 of blues players every year… wade graham doesn’t play with the same intensity!!!

  2. After hes medling in the souths /angus situation.. (no proof but its obvious) i hope the maroons belt the blues evey single series while hes coach.

    • Rabs there is no actual proof, as you said, but it’s obvious Fittler had some involvement in the Crichton signing, really poor form, but we still have to beat QLD, and lets hope Easts struggle next year and all this blows up in their face, i don’t think Easts have heard the last of the Pearce debacle , i reckon their are players there that are still fiflty on what happened, we can only hope.

  3. Payne Haas is gonna be big for the blues/Roos in the future, could be about 2 or 3 years til he’s actually in the conversation but I’ll put my money on it, that’s he’s the next Taumalolo/Fifita. Can’t believe we missed out on him during his time at Keebra, but glad he’s a blue and kangaroo.

  4. Awwww rabs21

    Sorry you feel that way, shows you don’t support your state,
    Brad Fittler is be best man for the job and when NSW win the series next year I will remind you how good he is lol.

    Its obvious you support souths but to say he meddled in the Cricton defection without any evidence shows you are just pissed off because he had gone to a better club…

    NSW & Roosters to rule in 2018

  5. Freddy needs to pick a primarily young side… Gutho, Crichton, RCG, Jordan McLean and Tommy Turbo need to debut. This could be a winning team.

    1. James Tedesco
    2. Josh Mansour
    3. Jack Bird
    4. Clint Gutherson
    5. Tom Trbojevic
    6. James Maloney
    7. Nathan Cleary
    8. David Klemmer
    9. Nathan Peats
    10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    11. Boyd Cordner (c)
    12. Wade Graham
    13. Jake Trbojevic

    14. Jordan McLean
    15. Andrew Fifita
    16. Tyson Frizell
    17. Angus Crichton

    18. Mitchell Moses
    19. Tepai Moeroa
    20. Josh Jackson
    21. Bryce Cartwright
    22. Paul Vaughan

    • He’s learnt from his mistakes, he proved his capable with the performance of Lebanon in the world cup given that majority of the team is park footballers, imagine what he can do with a proper team.
      2018 clean sheet for NSW.

  6. Here we go , let’s all start posting our sides 😂😂yawn
    Who ever they pick will make zero diff , NSW wasted a golden opp when JT did his shoulder , they stayed away like he had swine flu 😂😂😂😂

  7. Hahaha…better club?
    Better at cheating absolutely.
    Once politis is gone so will ur beloved club.
    No fans
    No membership
    No juniors.
    Only surviving because uncle nick has strong influence with the NRL.
    I hope a bit of justice will be that Politis does not see a premiership win in hes lifetime again

  8. I can’t see NSW beating QLD. If I look at the QLD team against the NSW team, QLD have a better team, player by player. Would any NSW player make the QLD side (if they were eligible) in their club position? Cordner – perhaps?

  9. NSW side for 2018:

    1. Tedesco
    2. Mansour
    3. Mitchell
    4. Walker
    5. Trobjevic
    6. Maloney
    7. Cleary
    8. Klemmer
    9. Wallace
    10. Fifita
    11. Cordner (C)
    12. Crichton
    13. Trobjevic

    14. Bird
    15. Campbell-Gillard
    16. Frizell
    17. Graham

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