Three young Sharks in NSW 20’s

Sharks Holden Cup squad members Isaac Lumelume, Jesse Ramien and Billy Magoulias have been selected in the NSW Under 20’s team to play Queensland in a curtain-raiser to State of Origin game one.

Named in a NSW team to be coached by former Newcastle and Blues hooker Danny Buderus, the trio will assemble for a medical and team dinner at NSWRL Headquarters on Friday, May 26, before departing for Kiama to begin a training camp.

They will then travel to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane ahead of the game against the Queensland Under 20’s on Wednesday week.

The selection for Ramien continues an exciting year for the 20-year-old Coonamble product, with the centre/winger playing in the World Club Championship Final for the Sharks against Wigan and then for the Junior Kangaroos in a recent Test Match against the Junior Kiwis.  

After starting the season in the Holden Cup under 20’s, Ramien has been playing against more experienced opposition in the Intrust Super Premiership with the Newtown Jets.

For Ramien’s backline partner Lumelume, his naming in the NSW team is a welcome boost in what has been a difficult season so far.

A member of the NSW Under 18’s squad in 2016, Lumelume suffered a serious injury towards the back end of last season and has only recently returned to the field. His performances for the Sharks in the handful of games he has played, in combination with his impressive display for the Blues 18s last year, appears to have been enough to earn him selection this time around.

As for Magoulias, the Sharks Holden Cup lock has been one his teams’ best through the first 11 rounds of the current season with his consistent form a major reason they sit on top of the NYC table.

Playing his junior rugby league for the Cronulla Caringbah club, Magoulias was involved in the Sharks junior development and academy program as a 14-year-old and has progressed through the Junior Rep system and into the NYC squad in the years that followed. 

The NSW Under 20’s side were successful in beating Queensland by 36-22 in the corresponding match last year.

The NSW Under-20 team is as follows:

1.           Nick Meaney                   Newcastle Knights  

2.           Isaac Lumelume              Cronulla Sharks      

3.           Jesse Ramien                  Cronulla Sharks      

4.           Curtis Scott                     Melbourne Storm  

5.           Reuben Garrick                St George Illawarra Dragons

6.           Jai Field                          St George Illawarra Dragons          

7.           Troy Dargan                    Parramatta Eels      

8.           Emre Guler                     Canberra Raiders    

9.           Reece Robson                  St George Illawarra Dragons

10.       Blake Lawrie                      St George Illawarra Dragons          

11.       Cameron Murray                South Sydney Rabbitohs

12.       Jack Murchie                      Canberra Raiders    

13.       Nat Butcher                       Sydney Roosters

14.       Victor Radley                     Sydney Roosters

15.       Ray Stone                         Parramatta Eels      

16.       Stefano Hala                      Penrith Panthers

17.       Billy Magoulias                   Cronulla Sharks

18.       Jai Whitbread                    Brisbane Broncos