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Queensland under 18 rugby league team

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Nickname  Maroons
Head coach  Josh Hannay
Home ground  Suncorp Stadium (52,500)
Captain  Brent Woolf
Location  Queensland, Australia
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Governing body  Queensland Rugby League
Home stadium  Suncorp Stadium (52,500)

The Queensland Under-18 rugby league team, also known as Queensland Under-18s or Queensland U18, represents Queensland in the sport of rugby league at an under-18 age level. Since 2008, the team has played an annual fixture against the New South Wales Under-18s team as a curtain raiser to a State of Origin game. The team features players selected from Queensland's premier under-18 rugby league competition, the Mal Meninga Cup. They are administered by the Queensland Rugby League.

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History

Prior to 2008, junior interstate matches were contested at under-17 and under-19 levels. In 2008, with the advent of the National Youth Competition, the age levels switched to an under-16 and under-18 format to keep in line with the NSWRL's existing SG Ball Cup and Harold Matthews Cup competitions and the QRL's Mal Meninga Cup and Cyril Connell Cup competitions, which would begin in 2009.

Queensland suffered defeat in the first four under-18 Origin fixtures, not winning a game until 2012. The 2012 team, which featured future NRL players Anthony Milford, Kodi Nikorima and Lloyd Perrett, held onto to defeat New South Wales 24-18 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Queensland would suffer two more defeats in 2013 and 2014 before picking up their second win in 2015, defeating New South Wales 22-18 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Players

Players selected for the Queensland under-18 team are usually contracted with an National Rugby League (NRL) side but play in either the Mal Meninga Cup, Holden Cup or Intrust Super Cup competitions. In 2008, before the Mal Meninga Cup began, players were selected from the under-18 representative carnival in Proserpine. Each pre-season the Queensland Rugby League will select an under-18 squad featuring players in contention for the mid-season fixture. The squad participates in a weekend camp at the Queensland Academy of Sport.

Notable players

Since 2008, five former Queensland under-18 players (Dane Gagai, Josh McGuire, Michael Morgan, Justin O'Neill and Josh Papalii) have gone onto represent Queensland at State of Origin level.

2008

Played as a curtain raiser to Game II of the 2008 State of Origin series.

2009

Played as a curtain raiser to Game II of the 2009 State of Origin series.

2010

Played as a curtain raiser to Game II of the 2010 State of Origin series.

2011

Played as a curtain raiser to Game II of the 2011 State of Origin series.

2012

Played as a curtain raiser to Game III of the 2012 State of Origin series.

2013

Played as a curtain raiser to Game II of the 2013 State of Origin series.

2014

Played as a curtain raiser to Game II of the 2014 State of Origin series.

2015

Played as a curtain raiser to Game II of the 2015 State of Origin series.

2016

Played as a curtain raiser to Game II of the 2016 State of Origin series.

References

Queensland under-18 rugby league team Wikipedia


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