Tyler Moriarty will be a player to watch on Thursday (Photo: nswrl.com.au)

As the U19s State of Origin approaches, The Inner Sanctum will be delivering player profiles on the NSW squad members, up next hooker Tyler Moriarty

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 Tyler Moriarty.

The Central Coast Roosters player will be the starting hooker for the Under 19 New South Wales side. Moriarty will be looking to impress with team scouts watching the game closely. The hooker is an instrumental piece to any line-up and part of the team’s spine.

He will hope to make a name for himself on Thursday night by having a great performance and living up to his potential. With a number of players getting injured and retiring, Moriarty will hope to show clubs that he can fill that hooker role.

After playing on the Central Coast, the youngster has moved to Sydney to try and gain more exposure and opportunities. He has a great attacking style of play which former Roosters player Jake Friend helped him with.

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What was the feeling when you were selected into the New South Wales Under 19s Squad?

“I was nervous, I thought they were going to pick it [the team] after the Grand Final and just kept checking team lists. I live with a fair few of the Under 19s Queensland boys and they (knew) straight after the Grand Final. I thought ours would be around the same time (and) was up late when I saw it and I was just so happy.”

What players have you learnt the most from?

“Probably Jake Friend and Mitch (Aubusson). They do a lot of my training, especially with Friend. I’m just learning heaps off him each week. He gives me tips about what he did and why he thinks I should attack different.”

Do you have any words of advice for kids growing up and wanting to represent their state in the future?

“Just to keep at your craft. Every single time you’re on the field, you just don’t do stuff half-hearted, get your reps in. If you don’t train good, you’re probably not going to play that good. Every time you go on the field you’ve got to be proper (and) represent yourself.”

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 Leichhardt Oval for free in the General Admission area. Kick-off is at 7:45pm AEST

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