The Top 10 Youngsters From The NRL You’d Like To See In Super League
Rugby League in Australia has produced some of the all time best players, that people have admired and told their grandchildren about.
Since the 90’s we’ve seen some wonderfully, talented players such as; Shane Webcke, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer and Andrew Johns strut their stuff at club, origin and international level.
At this moment in time, players such as; Billy Slater, Greg Inglis, Israel Falou, Benji Marshall & Jamal Idris are rocking the competitions and are talented players in their own right.
These players mentioned would have been incredible at the start of Super League when it was formed in 1996 or at this moment in time.
But at the back of the 2012 season, we take a look at the players who are bound to take the spotlight in the next 10 years, who I personally would love to see in Super League.
Top Young Southern Hemisphere Rugby League Players
A fast, powerful Fijian fullback or winger, plays his trade for West Tigers after signing a 3 year deal.
Born in Navaiyawa, Fiji on 26th July 1992, he started playing junior rugby at his school, before he was scouted playing for the Fiji Under 19 team.
Marika Koroibete made his first team debut against South Sydney Rabbitohs, then in the next fixture against Parramatta Eels he made a name for himself, scoring four tries.
As of 3rd September 201, Marika has scored 7 tries in just 6 appearances.
Canberra Raiders upcoming star, Edrick Lee began his rugby league career at Easts Mount Gravatt before he was spotted by Souths Logan Magpies scout Brian Edwards.
In 2011, Canberra Raiders development officer David Hamilton signed Edrick for the Toyota Cup side. Playing on the wing or second row he scored 5 tries in 14 games Lee to play for the Raiders Toyota Cup side for 2011.
March 2012, saw Edrick sign a 2 year deal, in which he has developed his game into a centre and scored 11 tries in 10 games for the Canberra under 20’s team. This form saw him called up to play in the Queensland squad for the State of Origin U20’s encounter.
Nathan Green is an exciting, young centre for St. George Illawarra Dragons who started his rugby at Como-Jannali before signing terms with the Dragons.
He made the grade in round 2 of 2012, when Nathan Green made his debut against Canterbury Bulldogs. One month later, he signed a new 2 year deal, keeping him at the club until 2014.
As of 20th September, he has made 5 appearances for St George Illawara and has yet to score a try.
One of the next great New Zealand fullbacks or wingers, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck plays for the Sydney Roosters.
Although Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was born in Apia, Samoa, he attended Otahuhu College in New Zealand, before he captained the schoolboy team.
In the 2012 season, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck scored 9 tries in 12 games for the Roosters Toyata cup team before making his first team debut against the Gold Coast Titans in rounds 21.
Since his debut, Roger has gone and made a further 5 appearances and is yet to score a try.
Another highly exciting, young New Zealand player coming through the ranks is Carlos Tuimavave, who plays for the New Zealand Warriors.
Growing up in East Auckland, Carlos Tuimavave attended St. Patricks School and Sacred Heart College and played his junior rugby at Mt. Wellington Warriors rugby league club.
Carlos Tuimavave mainly plays in the centres, however his versatility can see him play across the backline. His versatility saw him play in the Toyota Cup squad that triumphed in the 2010 & 2011 grand finals. In the 2010 Grand Final he was named man of the match and later in the year he was Warriors Young NYC Player of the Year.
Carlos Tuimavave made his first team debut for the Warriors in a heavy loss to the Cronulla Sharks, in which he came on for the injured James Maloney.
A hardworking Utility Forward, Paul Carter played his junior football with Wyong Kangaroos and has already gained representative honours by featuring for AIS and Country Under 18’s in 2009 and the Australian Schoolboys in 2010.
Paul is a multi talented sportsman, as he has represented Australian Schools in both Rugby League ad Water Polo.
Paul is the son of Panthers great Steve Carter, who played nearly 250 games for Penrith Panthers and finished his career with Widnes Vikings in the English Super League.
Michael Chee Kam
Michael Chee Kam, is another centre to hit our top ten list, who currently plays his trade for Canberra Raiders.
The 100kg centre, can also play his trade in the second row and is contracted with the Raiders until the end of the 2014 season.
Michael Chee Kam was born in Auckland and was spotted after playing in a junior representative carnival in New Zealand when he was 15 and joined the Melbourne Storm’s SG Ball (under 18) team.
2012 saw hot interested from Manly Sea Eagles and Canberra Raiders, who were fighting to snap him up.
Vaipuna Tia Kilifi
Vaipuna Tia Kilifi is a 100kg monster, who has featured in the Under-15s Australia Merit Squad, NSW Under-16s and Australian Schoolboys Under-16s teams.
He started his Junior Rugby League at Minchinbury Jets before making the Penrith Toyota Cup Team, in which is the captain of the side.
Vaipuna Tia Kilifi or “Vee” has been a thorn in any opposition defence and will be looking to make the grade in the near future.
His performances at the start of the 2012 season, saw much media attention in the local press, in which he stated that there was so much to see of him in the future.
A dangerous full back, Evander Cummins, played his junior rugby at Alexandria Rovers and Arncliffe Scots before being a regular in the Toyota Cup with St George Illawara.
Although, Evander Cummins is strongest at Full Back, he can cover various back line positions that has seen him start to break into the St George first team.
Unfortunately, Evander didn’t have much of a 2012 season due to injury and was out for a vast majority of the Toyota Cup campaign. 2013 will see Evander break through into the first team and he will show his potential.
The younger brother of North Queensland Cowboys forwards Ashton Sims and Tariq Sims, Korbin Sims plays for Newcastle Knights.
Born in Gerringong, Korbin Sims played for the Gerringong Lions before moving to Brisbane with his brothers, in which he then played for West Bardon Panthers and later the Norths Devils.
Sims, played for Brisbane in the Toyota cup, before signing for Newcastle Knights in 2011. Prior to this, Korbin had represented Queensland under-16’s and under-18’s.
In 2012, Sims was selected in the Under 20’s State of Origin match for Queensland, however he was unavailable after breaking his hand.
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