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The Blues and Maroons of the future are set to feature under the bright lights of Leichhardt Oval in this year’s Under 19 men’s State of Origin clash on Thursday night.

After the last two years were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the next generation of NRL stars will be on display from 7.45pm with the best young talent from both states kicking off an Origin-filled weekend which sees the senior women's sides met on Friday before Game II of the Ampol State of Origin series on Sunday.

Canberra Raiders lock Trey Mooney and Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs centre Paul Alamoti are set to headline the Blues-in-waiting, while Melbourne Storm centre Jack Howarth, Brisbane hooker Blake Mozer and exciting Gold Coast talent Sosefo Fifita will line up for Queensland.

The match 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.

Team News

New South Wales

Storm top-30 member Jonah Pezet has been named in the halves alongside Thomas Weaver, while Dragons-bound young gun Jack Bostock starts on the wing. Up front, Raiders forward Trey Mooney starts at lock after gaining NRL experience earlier this year while young Wests Tigers forwards Justin Matamua and Brandon Tumeth both earn spots in the run-on side.

Queensland

Broncos hooker Blake Mozer features in the number nine jersey and will be one to watch after inking a long-term deal with Brisbane recently. Storm sensation Jack Howarth starts in the back row, while talented Panthers playmaker Isaiah Iongi will start at fullback, where he has registered 10 try involvements in his last four Jersey Flegg games for Penrith.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for NSW U19s is number 1 Terrell Kalo Kalo
    Fullback for QLD U19s is number 1 Isaiah Iongi
  • Winger for NSW U19s is number 2 Utuloa Asomua
    Winger for QLD U19s is number 2 Jacob Mene
  • Centre for NSW U19s is number 3 Paul Alamoti
    Centre for QLD U19s is number 3 Sosefo Fifita
  • Centre for NSW U19s is number 4 Brad Morkos
    Centre for QLD U19s is number 4 Robert Toia
  • Winger for NSW U19s is number 5 Jack Bostock
    Winger for QLD U19s is number 5 Xavier Chatfield-Mooka
  • Five-Eighth for NSW U19s is number 6 Thomas Weaver
    Five-Eighth for QLD U19s is number 6 Harradyn Wilson
  • Halfback for NSW U19s is number 7 Jonah Pezet
    Halfback for QLD U19s is number 7 Thomas Duffy

Forwards

  • Prop for NSW U19s is number 8 Max Bradbury
    Prop for QLD U19s is number 8 Xavier Va'a
  • Hooker for NSW U19s is number 9 Tyler Moriarty
    Hooker for QLD U19s is number 9 Blake Mozer
  • Prop for NSW U19s is number 10 Justin Matamua
    Prop for QLD U19s is number 10 Paul Bryan
  • 2nd Row for NSW U19s is number 11 Oryn Keeley
    2nd Row for QLD U19s is number 11 Edward Hampson
  • 2nd Row for NSW U19s is number 12 Brandon Tumeth
    2nd Row for QLD U19s is number 12 Jack Howarth
  • Lock for NSW U19s is number 13 Trey Mooney
    Lock for QLD U19s is number 13 Luke Jack

Interchange

  • Interchange for NSW U19s is number 14 Jack Cole
    Interchange for QLD U19s is number 14 Jye Gray
  • Interchange for NSW U19s is number 15 Toby Couchman
    Interchange for QLD U19s is number 15 Benjamin Te Kura
  • Interchange for NSW U19s is number 16 Larry Muagututia
    Interchange for QLD U19s is number 16 Josiah Pahulu
  • Interchange for NSW U19s is number 17 Jacob Webster
    Interchange for QLD U19s is number 17 Kulikefu Finefeuiaki

Reserves

  • Replacement for NSW U19s is number 18 Charlie Thompson
    Replacement for QLD U19s is number 18 Kaleb Ngamanu

Match Officials

  • Referee: Wyatt Raymond
  • Senior Review Official: Kasey Badger

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Key match-up

Paul Alamoti (NSW) v Sosefo Fifita (QLD)

The battle of the outside backs could well be the secret to success for the blue and maroon clash. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldog Paul Alamoti will need to match Titans speedster Sosefo Fifita, who has been named 18th man for the Titans in their NRL clash against the Cronulla Sharks in Coffs Harbour — such is the prestige the young star is held in on the Gold Coast. Alamoti, 18, is one of the best strike centres coming through the junior representative grades and knows how to find the try line but will be tested against the cross-code star who is fast approaching an NRL debut.

Tune in details

  • Australia: Live via Nine GEM, 9Now, Foxtel, Kayo Sports
  • New Zealand: Live via Sky Sport NZ
  • International: Digicel TBC
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