As the Under 19s State of Origin approaches, The Inner Sanctum will be delivering player profiles, interviews and information about the New South Wales squad members. These relatively unknown players are the future stars of the next generation. First…Brandon Tumeth
The young second-rower has been a force in the forward pack and is one of two Wests Tigers pathways players in the New South Wales squad.
Playing for the Concord Burwood Wolves at junior level in the Balmain system, his skills have developed tremendously.
With Luciano Leilua leaving the Tigers for the Cowboys and Kelma Tuilagi leaving for Manly at the end of the year, the Tigers are hoping Tumeth can live up to his full potential.
Still only 19 years old, Tumeth will hope to impress in the encounter on Thursday with his contract coming to a close. This may be the one major chance he will have to secure a new contract with the Tigers.
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What was the feeling like when you were selected into the New South Wales Under 19s Squad?
“It was pretty good. I wasn’t expecting it but it’s a good feeling.”
What players have you learnt the most from?
“Definitely players in my position, (you have) Luke Garner (and) Luciano Leilua. They (the Wests Tigers team) all taught me a lot and I probably look up to those two players. I say ‘help me’ as much as possible.”
Do you have any words of advice to kids growing up and wanting to represent their state in the future?
“It’s the things you do behind the scenes. Everyone can see you out on the field training and putting in the work out there. But, it’s the little things you do, sleeping well, getting your extras, eating well and all that.”
The Under 19s State of Origin can be seen on Channel Nine on Thursday 23rd June. The NRL is allowing schools and clubs to attend the game at Leichardt Oval for free in the General Admission area. Kick off is at 7:45pm AEST
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