Shannon Walker (centre) and Will Matthes (standing, behind coach Troy McCarthy  blue cap).
Shannon Walker (centre) and Will Matthes (standing, behind coach Troy McCarthy  blue cap).

Kyogle's junior Roos

By Steve Spinks THEY are like two peas in a pod.

Kyogle's Shannon Walker and Will Matthews seem to do everything together.

They won junior premierships with Kyogle and two Under-18 Group One grand finals.

They were both picked up by the Gold Coast Titans in scholarship programs which eventuated in their selection in the Queensland Schoolboys and Australian Schoolboys teams last year.

This year the duo broke into the Queensland Cup with the Tweed Seagulls and Walker won the competition's best and fairest medal.

And yesterday the duo were named in the Junior Kangaroos train-on squad following the Seagulls' thrilling Queensland Cup grand final victory over Redcliffe at Suncorp Stadium.

Walker, a two-try hero for Seagulls in the decider against the Dolphins, and Matthews, who hit great form in the second-row during the finals series, will join 11 other players from Queensland Cup and National Rugby League clubs.

The squad contains names such as the Broncos' Joel Moon, Canberra Raider Michael Brophy, St George-Illawarra's Lagi Setu, Penrith's Tim Grant and Michael Jennings and the Wests' Tigers Chris Lawrence.

Boom Broncos forward David Taylor was considered but had to withdraw due to injury as did the Roosters' Mitchell Pearce.

Melbourne sensation Israel Folau may be considered once the Storm's finals commitments are finished.

The Junior Kangaroos will tour Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in October with the Kiwis fixture a curtain-raiser to the Australia v New Zealand Test match at Westpac Stadium. Players 19 and under are eligible for Junior Kangaroos selection.



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