It's no secret Kalyn Ponga has been earmarked as Billy Slater's successor in the State of Origin arena.

Even the Queensland veteran has backed the nib Newcastle Knights livewire and in doing so, has passed on some of his greatest tools while in Maroons camp together.

Speaking on Fox Sports' NRL360, journalist Paul Kent shared a story about how Slater took Ponga aside for a private tutorial during the second game of the series.

"We did a talk last week and Kevvy Walters was there and he was talking about having them in camp together and how they'd spent hours in front of the whiteboard," Kent said on NRL360.


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"Billy, who was very gracious, was sharing stuff he'd learned over the years and Kalyn sat there basically learning at the foot of Billy about how to play fullback which I would image must be a priceless education."

Knights coach Nathan Brown was thrilled Ponga was able to rub shoulders with the veteran.

It was a terrific opportunity for Ponga to continue his development and that will only help the Knights.

"Kalyn mixing with Billy and learning from Billy is great experience for us, it's great for our club, not only for Kalyn but for our club," Brown said.

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