Young Sharks outside back Jordan Samrani has been call into the Future Blues camp, set to take place at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence on December 12.
A local junior from the Aquinas Colts club and a former student at Endeavour Sports High School, Samrani joins clubmate Siteni Taukamo in what is now a 32-man squad for the camp set to be conducted under the guidance of NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler.
Just 19, Samrani has come through the Sharks Academy and pathways system, playing at Matthews Cup and SG Ball level, before earning promotion into the under-21 Jersey Flegg squad last season.
He is currently training with the fulltime Sharks NRL group.
For more on the Future Blues Camp, see below a previous Sharks website news item (from November 23) with more details and announcing Taukamo's selection.
Taukamo named in Future Blues
After a strong season for the Sharks Matthews Cup team, then on the back of some standout performances at the 2021 All School Championships, Sharks youngster Siteni Taukamo has been included in a 31-man squad for a Future Blues Camp.
To be held in conjunction with similar camps for the Women’s under-19’s and Sky Blues, the Future Blues will get together on December 12 at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence.
The camp will be conducted under the guidance of Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler on a day which will include a breathing and yoga class and positional training sessions alongside the two women’s squads.
Fittler, who will be joined by assistant coaches Danny Buderus, Paul McGregor and Mark O’Meley, said he was looking forward to re-connecting with the Future Blues after representative pathways games were forced to be cancelled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have always been passionate about the next generation of NSW stars coming through the system ever since my time as a representative pathways coach,” Fittler said.
“The NSWRL has a proud history of nurturing talented players as they rise through the ranks and some of the star players for the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues began their representative careers in NSW pathways teams.
“The game will always produce Rugby League stars and I’m looking forward to working with the Future Blues to help them realise their potential, as well as assisting with training sessions for the Sky Blues and Under 19s Women’s Origin teams.”
Taukamo will go through his paces alongside the likes of NRL regulars Josh Schuster, Jason Saab and Haumole Olakau’atu from Manly, St George Dragons youngsters Junior Amone, Tyrell Sloan and Jayden Sullivan, along with Roosters outside back Joseph Suaalii.
Paul Alamoti (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Junior Amone (St George Illawarra Dragons), Michael Asomua (Canberra Raiders), Jock Brazel (Parramatta Eels), Egan Butcher (Sydney Roosters), Jack Cole (Penrith Panthers), Thomas Deakin (Sydney Roosters), Latu Fainu (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Terrell Kalo Kalo (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Brandon Morkos (Canberra Raiders), Justin Matamua (Wests Tigers), Jesse McLean (Penrith Panthers), Davvy Moale (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Trey Mooney (Canberra Raiders), Tyler Moriarty (Sydney Roosters), Larry Muagututia (Parramatta Eels), Haumole Olakau’atu (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Will Penisini (Parramatta Eels), Jonah Pezet (Melbourne Storm), Roy Quiroz-Mapusua (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Sean Russell (Parramatta Eels), Jason Saab (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Jordan Samrani (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Josh Schuster (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Tyrell Sloan (St George Illawarra Dragons), Joseph Suaalii (Sydney Roosters), Jayden Sullivan (St George Illawarra Dragons), Izack Tago (Penrith Panthers), Blaize Talagi (Parramatta Eels), Siteni Taukamo (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Brandon Tumeth (Wests Tigers), Josh Wong (Sydney Roosters).