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Kalyn Ponga will pledge his representative future to the Morons


https://www.couriermail.com.au/spor...s/news-story/85ca4d9621b7a26b52bca98647212495

QUEENSLAND is set to trump New Zealand in the representative tug-of-war for Cowboys sensation Kalyn Ponga - and this is the footage every Morons fan will want to see.

Ponga is rated the next Johnathan Thurston and he again underlined why is a future NRL superstar with a jaw-dropping 80-metre solo try playing for the Cowboys’ under-20s against the Storm on Saturday at Langlands Park.

The 18-year-old produced a Benji Marshall-style sidestep deep inside his own half before slicing through, beating four Storm defenders with sheer speed to touch down and help the Cowboys to a 44-38 defeat of the junior Storm side.



The sizzling solo try is further evidence as to why Cowboys coach Paul Green plans to blood the quick-stepping Ponga in the NRL as early as next season.

Ponga’s representative allegiance was plunged into uncertainty after he refused to play in the Junior Test at Pirtek Stadium a fortnight ago.

Both the Junior Kangaroos and Junior Kiwis hierarchy intended to pick the Australia-born young gun, only for Ponga to inform both parties he was unavailable for selection.

But Ponga’s father Andre says he expects the Cowboys fullback or five-eighth to chase a Moron jumper after spending 13 of his 18 years in Queensland.

Ponga senior is a proud Kiwi and admits his efforts in convincing his son to chase a black-and-white jumper with New Zealand has proven futile.

“To be honest, Kalyn will choose Queensland,” Andre said.

“As his father, I was keen to see if he wanted to play for the Kiwis because that’s my heritage, but I see Kalyn leaning towards the Morons and Australia.

“The reality is Kalyn has been in the Queensland system since he was 14 and I will support whatever he chooses.

“He was born in Australia, he’s spent most of his life here and he’s played for Queensland junior rep teams so Kalyn feels like a Queenslander.

“The younger fellas these days tend to see the Origin jumpers as being more prestigious.

“He has another 12 months really to make a call and he’s in no rush but privately, I see Kalyn wanting to play Origin for Queensland.”

The revelation will be music to the ears of Broncos coach Wayne Bennett, who in January included Ponga in the Morons’ Emerging under-20s program run by the Queensland Academy of Sport.

Ponga was a shining light for the Cowboys’ under-20s against the Storm at Langlands Park and is beginning to hit peak form after a patchy start to the season.

The teenage whizkid currently lives in Townsville with his dad but Andre Ponga revealed he was almost lost to Queensland rugby league after the Roosters showed interest two years ago.

“The Cowboys were never in the picture actually, I thought he was going to go to the Roosters,” he said.

“After weighing up our options, he was going to pick the Roosters but then the Cowboys employed a guy named Clint Zammit as their recruitment manager.

“Clint first saw Kalyn five years ago and he always kept in contact with me. When he joined the Cowboys, Clint sat down with us as a family and I trusted he would do a good job with Kalyn.

“Sydney would have been a huge move for Kalyn so he decided to stay near home in north Queensland, it was a good fit for him”.

Quotes attributed to Kalyn Ponga from another Courier Mail article
https://www.couriermail.com.au/spor...s/news-story/42a7012cf3f6e52e8f42963735e7c204

Kalyn said last week he was not looking too far ahead in his football planning and was even hoping to play some Instrust Super Cup games to see how his body performed against older men.

“Everyone wants to play for Queensland or NSW and represent their country but I just take it as it comes and make the most of it when that opportunity arises,” he said.

Like I posted earlier the same guy reporting this news, was the same guy who claimed that both Taumalolo and Kasino had elected to play for Queensland. And we know how that turned out.
 
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Five&Last

Like I posted earlier the same guy reporting this news, was the same guy who claimed that both Taumalolo and Kasino had elected to play for Queensland. And we know how that turned out.
Yeah that is very true, it's just the quotes from his father make it a bit more credible.
 
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Robster

I heard the Fijian Melbourne Storm Winger can play for the Kiwis as he went to school in Auckland. Anyone know any truth to that?
 

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Yeah that is very true, it's just the quotes from his father make it a bit more credible.

And the same reporter who claimed that Taumalolo and Kasino had committed to Queensland had supposed quotes from Kasino and Taumalolo saying that they wanted to represent Queensland. I wouldn't put much stock into quotes from his father. In an article about Taumalolo his parents supposedly wanted him to represent Queensland. Any good reporter can manipulate words to get what they are looking for.
 
Robster

Robster

And the same reporter who claimed that Taumalolo and Kasino had committed to Queensland had supposed quotes from Kasino and Taumalolo saying that they wanted to represent Queensland. I wouldn't put much stock into quotes from his father. In an article about Taumalolo his parents supposedly wanted him to represent Queensland. Any good reporter can manipulate words to get what they are looking for.

So Should we select him for this four nations?
 
charlie bobmarley

charlie bobmarley

I heard the Fijian Melbourne Storm Winger can play for the Kiwis as he went to school in Auckland. Anyone know any truth to that?

if he spent anytime at Auckland International Airport then under the Pritchard Rule he is fully qualified to represent the Kiwis
 
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I heard the Fijian Melbourne Storm Winger can play for the Kiwis as he went to school in Auckland. Anyone know any truth to that?
Played 5th, 6th and 7th form here. Anyway, let him play for fiji, make international league stronger!
 
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My Junior Kiwis Team 2017
(some U20 nz players to keep an eye out for next year)
  1. Greg Leleisiuao (Eels)
  2. Tarquinn Butler (Rabbitohs)
  3. Reimis Smith (Bulldogs)
  4. Patrick Herbert (Dragons)
  5. Lewis Soosemea (Warriors)
  6. Paul Roache (Raiders)
  7. Ata Hingano (c) (Warriors)
  8. Isaiah Papalii (Warriors)
  9. Erin Clark (Warriors)
  10. Kenese Kenese (Warriors)
  11. Siosifa Talakai (Rabbitohs)
  12. Kalani Going (Raiders)
  13. Chris Sio (Warriors)

  14. Eddy Tuilotolava (Knights)
  15. Amoni Tufui (Sea Eagles)
  16. Jordan Pinnock (Warriors)
  17. Rory Ferguson (Broncos)

  18. Jesse Savage (Sharks)
  19. Eddie Wulf (Sea Eagles)
 
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Cowboys' Ponga commits to Roos: Thurston
Source:https://www.nrl.com/cowboys-ponga-commits-to-roos-thurston/tabid/10874/newsid/101964/default.aspx

Australia and Queensland appear to have won a tug of war for the services of rugby league's hottest young property, Kalyn Ponga.

The 18-year-old has resisted overtures from New Zealand to pledge his allegiance to Australia, according to North Queensland teammate Johnathan Thurston.

Born to a New Zealand father, the former Brisbane schoolboys rugby star was eligible for both countries however has seemingly chosen to play for Australia having grown up in the country.

"I think he's leapt towards the Kangaroos," Thurston told New Zealand radio station Newshub.

"He pretty much made (the decision) on his own. His family's from here in New Zealand and he's spent most of his time growing up in Queensland.

"He feels as though he's an Aussie, he feels as though he's a Queenslander, and I think that's what got him over the line."

Rated a future star of the game, Ponga made his NRL debut on the wing in the Cowboys' finals win over Brisbane last month.

Ponga was chased by six clubs and four sports including Australian rules and rugby union before committing to the Cowboys.

He last year roomed with Warriors sensation Roger Tuivasa-Sheck during a New Zealand training camp but was also earlier this year a part of a Queensland under-20s development squad.

His decision to stick with Australia would be a big blow for the Kiwis and a massive boon for the Morons and Kangaroos.

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett said earlier this year he had no doubt Ponga was committing to Australia after being a part of the junior Morons camp.

However New Zealand coach David Kidwell said on Tuesday he was hopeful of seeing Ponga in a Kiwi Test jersey.
 
Weno

Weno

His decision to stick with Australia would be a big blow for the Kiwis
Happy for him.
Been there all of his life.

Maybe there is a chance he could be like Gerrard Beale.
Remember Beale saying when he was in the Junior Kangaroos facing the haka.
He felt like it was all wrong and got uncomfortable being on the wrong team.

We have our own sensations on the rise , no need to dwell on one.
 
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My Junior Kiwis Team 2017
(some U20 nz players to keep an eye out for next year)
  1. Greg Leleisiuao (Titans)
  2. Etene Nanai (Warriors)
  3. Reimis Smith (Bulldogs)
  4. Tarquinn Butler (Rabbitohs)
  5. Lewis Soosemea (Warriors)
  6. Ata Hingano (c) (Warriors)
  7. Erin Clark (Warriors)
  8. Isaiah Papalii (Warriors)
  9. Chris Sio (Warriors)
  10. Kenese Kenese (Warriors)
  11. Siosifa Talakai (Rabbitohs)
  12. Kalani Going (Raiders)
  13. Rory Ferguson (Broncos)

  14. Hayze Perham (Panthers)
  15. Amoni Tufui (Sea Eagles)
  16. Eddy Tuilotolava (Knights)
  17. Jesse Savage (Sharks)
Is Hayze Perham going to go back over or is he going to stick to rugby.
Rugby are all over him.
 

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Tyrone Taukamo: The dual-code teenage prodigy chased by 15 NRL clubs

Source: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...s/news-story/c2924b8773e67717540b5aeb593e30ef

MEET the young gun who could very well become the next Israel Folau.

His name is Tyrone Taukamo and he’s the most in demand schoolboy for any code in the country.

A graduate of acclaimed rugby school Newington College, Taukamo has attracted interest from 15 of the 16 NRL clubs and received two substantial offers in French rugby from Toulon and Bordeaux.

In fact, the money he’s been offered from the French clubs is in the six figures.

It’s unheard of for a player who is only 17 to land that kind of a deal.

Yet, in some good news for league fans, the young centre looks set to shun the big money offers to stay in Australia and sign a deal in the NRL. Either the Rabbitohs or Raiders are set to win his signature.

“Despite receiving interest elsewhere, he’s decided to pursue rugby league,” his manager Craig Baker told foxsports.com.au

With the interest shown and the way the clubs courted him, it was an easy decision in the end.

“When Toulon approached him, the richest club in the world, he seriously considered it; however, with NRL clubs getting him on team buses and going above and beyond that convinced him that rugby league is the way he will develop to be the best player he can be.”

Baker would not say which of the 16 NRL clubs had shown zero interest in Taukamo.

Turning 18 next year, Taukamo’s a big lump of a lad and has drawn comparisons to Joey Leilua thanks to his skillset.

At 112kg and 187cm, not only does Taukamo hit like a truck, but he’s fast and skilful.

While several clubs pulled out all the stops in a bid to sign the youngster, from sitting sideline on the bench at a game, driving with the coach to another or a pitch meeting with the entire NYC and NRL coaching staff, the decision will come down to two.

Foxsports.com.au can reveal either Canberra or South Sydney will land his prized signature, with a decision to be made prior to pre-season training which kicks-off in November.

Identified as a star on the rise from a young age, in 2013 at the age of 14, he was named as part of Laurie Daley’s emerging junior Blues side.

Having represented NSW in league and union from the age of 12, he is only the third player to be selected for the Oz Merit league 15s team at the age of 14.

The second player to achieve such a feat was Cowboys sensation Kalyn Ponga.

The duo were named together in that side in what was Ponga’s second year as part of the Oz Merit team.

“When he played at the Australian schoolboys he played centres but in union he played centre, fullback and wing,” Baker said.

NRL clubs are looking at him as a centre although there was one club looking at using him as a centre-backrower.”

And it’s not just on the footy field where he excels. Taukamo still holds state age records in shot put with his name alongside the likes of Eels star Tepai Moeroa and former Test centre Jamal Idris.

He was first a member of the NSW 18s 7s team at the age of 16 and in the NSW 18s Schoolboys both last year and this year before being selected into the Australian Barbarians union team that beat Tonga last month.

A product of South Sydney, Taukamo is Australian born but has New Zealand, Tonga and Greek heritage which makes him eligible for both the Kangaroos and Kiwis.



 
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Rebuen Te-Kani Taylor from Rotorua boys high school has signed with Canterbury Bulldogs.


Reuben looking to make mark in league


Source:https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503436&objectid=11721634

Sport has always been a passion in Reuben Te Kani-Taylor's life and the Rotorua Boys' High student is preparing to make his mark in the world of league.

The talented 18-year-old is moving to Australia at the end of November to play for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs under-20s squad and develop in the hooker position.

The Bulldogs, based in Belmore, boast a professional side that competes in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership, as well as New South Wales Rugby League junior competitions.

Te Kani-Taylor signed a contract two years ago but insisted on finishing his education first. He will study an electrical apprenticeship alongside developing in the under-20s squad.

"This is the best move for me," he said.

"But I wanted to finish school first. Education is very important to me and it's there as a back-up plan. I think it's vital to have other skills alongside playing sport."

The former Chiefs under-18 player admitted he was nervous to be making the move but was excited for his adventure.

"It will be hard because I am going to miss everyone from back home," he said.

"To develop and become the best I can be I need to take this step. I am ready to put in the hard work and achieve great things."

Te Kani-Taylor, who was recognised in the recent Te Arawa youth sport awards, has the full support of his family - parents Andrew Taylor and Ira Te Kani and older brothers Josh, 20, and Luke, 30, who are both also talented league and sports players.

And the youngest of the three siblings said a healthy rivalry between the brothers was one of the key reasons to his success.

"It definitely helped me growing up, and being the smallest I always had to battle hard," he said.

"I always looked up to my brothers. They told me to train hard and rewards would come."

Taylor, who is the manager of local league side Ngongotaha Chiefs, has also had a big impact on his son alongside fellow Boys' High students Te Ra Whata and Jayden Sargent who Te Kani-Taylor trains and plays with in the school's 1st XV rugby team.

"Rugby and league are definitely in the blood and being encouraged to pick up a ball from a young age meant that I learnt the key skills from the off," Te Kani-Taylor said.

"Also playing at school has really progressed my game because of the level of coaching we receive.

"There is a friendly rivalry between me, Te Ra and Jayden and in the friendship group we really push and encourage each other."

Te Kani-Taylor, who has previously been selected for the New Zealand open men's touch training squad, said he was eyeing a career in the NRL and playing for the New Zealand national side.

"League is so much bigger over in Australia and my main aim is to make it to the top," he said.

"Also I want to put on the black jersey one day. It certainly won't be easy but I will stick at it.

"'I'm prepared to work hard and sacrifice things to make those dreams reality."
 

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