Coach Justin Hodges will take charge of the pre-season Queensland Under 20 Emerging Origin camp with the Queensland Rugby League today announcing a 26-man squad.

The former Maroons great will head up the High Performance camp being held at the Queensland Academy of Sport training facilities next month. The selected players will assemble from Thursday, January 18 until Sunday, January 21.

There are 10 members of the Queensland Under 20 side who narrowly lost to NSW in their annual representative clash earlier this year at Suncorp Stadium, including try scorers in that match Corey Horsburgh (Canberra Raiders) and Tristan Sailor (St George Illawarra Dragons).

Melbourne Storm second row forward Louis Gerharty has also been included in the squad after impressing during the 2017 season in his time spent with Intrust Super Cup club the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

Queensland Under 20 Emerging Origin squad 2018

Tom Flegler – Brisbane Broncos
Pat Carrigan – Brisbane Broncos
Sam JohnstoneSouth Sydney Rabbitohs
Tom Mikaele – Wests Tigers
Tom Skinner – Penrith Panthers
Eddie BlackerBrisbane Broncos
Logan Bayliss – NQ Cowboys
Corey HorsburghCanberra Raiders
Apiata Noema – Gold Coast Titans
Louis GeraghtyMelbourne Storm
Nathan Barrett – NQ Cowboys
J’maine Hopgood – Penrith Panthers
Jake Clifford – NQ Cowboys
AJ Brimson – Gold Coast Titans
Lachlan LamSydney Roosters
Gerome Burns – Brisbane Broncos
Murray Taulagi – NQ Cowboys
Enari Tuala- NQ Cowboys
Gehamat ShibasakiBrisbane Broncos
Tristan SailorSt George Illawarra Dragons
Kurt Wiltshire – NQ Cowboys
Corey AllanBrisbane Broncos
Harry GrantMelbourne Storm
Brent Woolf – Brisbane Broncos
Ronaldo Mulitalo – Cronulla Sharks
Michael Carroll – NQ Cowboys


  1. Wow! Compare that list with the 2018 Emerging Blues Squad and then think about how the Blues have dominated the Maroons in U20’s for the last 4 years! The future looks bright for NSW.

    “BLUE skies, nothing but BLUE sky, from now on” wouldn’t you say tommy? 😉

    • Can’t compare them, NSW picked a squad of players who are generally plugging away in NRL, QLD have picked pretty much players who haven’t played NRL yet. Meaning these Queenslanders might be just as talented as the NSW squad, they just are younger.

      • The NSW Juniors named in the emerging squads are way talented! The u18s and u20s results will back that up. Also there are some players in the NSW squad that are the same age as these QLD juniors and they’re just on another level.

        • +1

          That was my point josh. WTN just summed it up nicely. Other than Ash Taylor and Cameron Munster all the NSW talent coming through is another level to the their QLD counterparts. The QLD reign was never going to last forever.

  2. A team of no bodies, just how Qld play it , just ask fatty , Qld have what NSW don’t
    1) Coaches and Support staff
    2) a constant desire to win
    3) rub of the green
    4) the refs 😂😂😂😂😂😂
    Don’t care what anyone says the refs have made a big diff over last 10 years ,add Cam to the mix and you have what EPL had in Manchester United’s dominance plus sir Alex
    Ability to control everything !

  3. Horsburgh and Geharty are quality and tough as nails, particularly Horsburgh. A lot of those names (the older portion of the development squad) have been around schoolboy and club QLD reps together for most of their juniors…and been pretty successful. Allan is being groomed to replace Boyd once his time comes to an end. Never wise to write those banana benders off, although I would like nothing more than to shut them up for awhile.

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