With three nib Newcastle Knights selected in the Emerging Blues squad earlier this week, on Friday afternoon it was announced Kalyn Ponga and Tautau Moga have been named in Queensland’s Emerging Origin squad.
This squad contains the state’s most promising players, with eight of last year’s participants going on to make their Queensland debuts.
Maroons coach Kevin Walters said he was excited to have Ponga in the group.
“He is a player of the future so it is good news for Maroons fans that he has confirmed his allegiance with us.”
Ponga added, “This has been a decision I have taken my time with, but with my mind made up I’m excited to take part in the Emerging Maroons camp.
“I’m proud of my Kiwi heritage, but my ambition is to play for Queensland in State of Origin.”
Ponga and Moga will assemble for the camp in late January on the Gold Coast.
Queensland Emerging Origin squad 2018
Kyle Feldt (NQ Cowboys)
Ethan Lowe (NQ Cowboys)
Felise Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm)
Kalyn Ponga (Newcastle Knights)
Tautau Moga (Newcastle Knights)
Jai Arrow (Gold Coast Titans)
Lloyd Perrett (Manly Sea Eagles)
Ashley Taylor (Gold Coast Titans)
Christian Welch (Melbourne Storm)
Corey Norman (Parramatta Eels)
Brenko Lee (Gold Coast Titans)
Emerging Origin Program history
The QAS Emerging Program was established in January, 2001 by Wayne Bennett to assist talented athletes and coaches achieve excellence. Kevin Walters is the head coach of what is now referred to as the Emerging Origin Program, and oversees its operation; with each squad given expert coaching and support by experienced staff.