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.
Up next Jack Cole.
The young Panthers five-eighth will be hoping to make an impact when he comes off the bench this Thursday. Although not being part of the starting 13, he will be used in a variety of positions.
Team scouts will be looking very closely at Jack Cole’s game. With the Panthers running out of money in the salary cap, other teams may easily swoop him up.
Still being young, he has plenty of time to develop his game by learning from New South Wales Blues players Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary. He has high potential but the question is whether he can live up to those expectations?
Cole has made nine appearances in the Penrith Panthers Jersey Flegg this season, debuting in Round 2 against the St George Dragons. So far this season he has scored one try and has 511 total running metres, averaging 56 metres per game.
Just like his clubs’ senior team halfback Nathan Cleary, Cole is impeccable when it comes to his kicking game. He has been able to kick on average 100 metres per game.
This allows the team to get back into shape and provides them with the ability to keep the opponents in their own 50 metres.
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What was the feeling when you were selected into the New South Wales Under 19s Squad?
“Told my parents straight away.”
What players have you learnt the most from?
“The likes of [Nathan] Cleary and [Jarome] Luai and how they prepare.”
Do you have any words of advice for kids growing up and wanting to represent their state in the future?
“Just to work hard and compete all the time. Never give up.”
The Under 19s State of Origin can be seen on Channel Nine on Thursday 23rd June. NRL is allowing schools and clubs to attend the game at Leichhardt Oval for free in the General Admission area. Kick-off is at 7:45 pm AEST
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