Young Sharks centre Bronson Xerri will line up for NSW Under 18's after being selected in the junior Blues team to tackle Queensland in the annual Origin clash against Queensland next Wednesday night.
A member of the Sharks Jersey Flegg side and a student at Endeavour Sports High, Xerri was also one of three players chosen in the NSW Combined High Schools team to contest the national championships later in the year.
Xerri will be joined in the NSW under 18's CHS team by Sharks SG Ball squad members in outside back Jonaiah Lualua and hard-running forward Franklin Pele.
Opposing the trio at the National titles will be another Shark in Kyle Pickering, the Gymea junior and a student at St Patrick's College, he was named in the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges squad.
Pickering displayed his utility value by playing fullback, five eighth and in the back row for the Sharks Ball side in 2018 and has another year of eligibility in the under 18's next year.
Jed Hardy and Kobi Wilson, two more young Sharks, both first-year players in the Matthews Cup team this year, were selected in the NSW CHS Under 15's team. Like Pickering, Hardy and Wilson can back up in the Matthews Cup in 2019 after playing a year-young this season.
The 15's schoolboys carnival will be played in Mackay in Queensland during July.
The NSW v Queensland Under 18's Origin match in which Xerri will take part, is scheduled to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground next Wednesday as the preliminary fixture to State of Origin game one.
NSWCHS 15 years
NSWCHS 18 years
NSWCCC 18 years
NSW 18s State Of Origin
Lead photo - Bronson Xerri
From top - Kyle Pickering
- Kobi Wilson
- Jed Hardy