Paul Vaughan and Jack Wighton have been named in the emerging Blues Origin camp to be held in January.
State of Origin-winning NSW VB Blues coach Laurie Daley has announced a squad of 22 of the NRL’s most promising players to take part in the 2015 Emerging Blues camp, to be held in Sydney in January.
Wighton and Vaughan join the list of rising stars named in the camp are seven representatives from this year’s Australian Kangaroos Four Nations squad including the likes of David Klemmer, Josh Mansour, Alex Johnston and Dylan Walker.
“It’s great we’ve got seven players from that [Kangaroos] squad,” Daley said.
“They’ve never played Origin before and it’s a great step up for them to come into our camp to see what New South Wales is all about. Hopefully they’ll take a lot out of it.”
Another noteworthy inclusion in the Emerging Blues squad is South Sydney playmaker Luke Keary, whose selection points to a representative career in the Sky Blue of New South Wales.
“Luke’s a wonderful young player. The way the rules are if he’s going to play Origin it’s going to be with New South Wales,” Daley said.
“We think he’s got the potential to play for the Blues. I’ve spoken to Luke and he’s excited to be a part of the camp.”
The one-day camp is staged to give players of significant potential an insight into what it takes to play State of Origin football for New South Wales. A number of aspects are covered including NSW players’ physical and mental preparation and team culture.
2015 Emerging Blues Squad
Jack Wighton Canberra Raiders
Paul Vaughan Canberra Raiders
David Klemmer Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Josh Jackson Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Ryan James Gold Coast Titans
Aidan Sezer Gold Coast Titans
Dale Finucane Melbourne Storm
Sione Mata’utia Newcastle Knights
Nathan Peats Parramatta Eels
Tepai Moeroa Parramatta Eels
Matt Moylan Penrith Panthers
Josh Mansour Penrith Panthers
Bryce Cartwright Penrith Panthers
Adam Docker Penrith Panthers
Alex Johnston South Sydney Rabbitohs
Dylan Walker South Sydney Rabbitohs
Adam Reynolds South Sydney Rabbitohs
Luke Keary South Sydney Rabbitohs
Cameron McInnes South Sydney Rabbitohs
Kyle Turner South Sydney Rabbitohs
Luke Brooks Wests Tigers
Curtis Sironen Wests Tigers