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Suaalii, Mam, Walsh could all feature in new Under-19s Origin

The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) has confirmed new representative fixtures – Under-19s male and female State of Origin, on Thursday, June 23, at Leichhardt Oval.

Both matches will be broadcast on the Nine Network and Fox Sports, while each under-19s team will also be permitted to select two NRL or NRLW contracted “marquee” under-20s players for the match.

Players who would be eligible by age as under-19s or four under-20 marquee spots would include Roosters duo Sam Walker and Joseph Suaalii, Parramatta centre Will Penisini, Warriors fullback Reece Walsh, Broncos halfback Ezra Mam or Dragons fullback Tyrell Sloan.

Reece Walsh could feature in the upcoming U/19's State of Origin as a marquee player.
Reece Walsh could feature in the upcoming U/19's State of Origin as a marquee player. ©NRL Photos

Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V’landys AM said the Commission was excited to promote emerging talent through the new under-19s matches.

“This is a chance to see the best and brightest prospects in the game,” Mr V’landys said. “Why wouldn’t we want to take the opportunity to showcase the talents of these amazing young players?”

This will be one of many new initiatives promoting the next generation of players to the fans.

ARLC Chairman Peter V'Landys AM

To strengthen support for the fixture and to reward schools and clubs which have connections with players featured in the match, the NRL will allow free entry to all General Admission areas for the matches.

The NRL will also commit to facilitating buses for schools and clubs who wish to show support in numbers in their colours.

Individual schools and clubs which are able to reach 40 attendees or more can register for a bus here.

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said: “The under-19s State of Origin – for both males and females – is an exciting opportunity for fans to see players coming through this new pathway event and to highlight where they have come from in order to reach this level.”

Supporters can register for GA free admission or purchase grandstand seating via Food and drink vouchers will also be available.

Reserved grandstand tickets for the under-19s State of Origin matches are now on sale for $20.

2022 Representative Round Schedule

Thursday, June 23 at Leichhardt Oval

  • 5:40pm — U/19's Women State of Origin
  • 7:45pm — U/19's Men State of Origin

Friday, June 24 at GIO Stadium

  • 7:45pm — Ampol Women’s State of Origin

Saturday, June 25 at Mount Smart Stadium

  • 1:10pm — Women's International, Kiwi Ferns v Mate Ma'a Tonga
  • 3:20pm — Men's International, New Zealand v Mate Ma'a Tonga

Saturday, June 25 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium

  • 5:40pm — Men's International, Samoa v Cook Islands
  • 7:50pm — Men's International, Papua New Guinea v Fiji

Sunday, June 26 at Optus Stadium (Perth)

  • 7:50pm — Ampol State of Origin Game Two

* All times listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time.

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