BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 09: David Fifita of the Broncos scores a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 09: David Fifita of the Broncos scores a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Broncos young guns crack Emerging Maroons

Brisbane tyro David Fifita has been named in Queensland's Emerging Maroons squad alongside a host of the state's hottest young talent.

Fifita, who was the youngest player in the NRL this season, was named alongside fellow Broncos Joe Ofahengaue and Jaydn Su'A as Queensland coach Kevin Walters continues to plan for the future.

The squad will assemble for a training camp on the Sunshine Coast in late January.

The 18-year old Fifita played nine matches for the Broncos in 2018 and is one of the best forward prospects in the game while Su'A and Ofahengaue have both been part of Queensland squads in the past.

Ash Taylor, Corey Norman, Kyle Feldt and Nene Macdonald have also been named, as has PNG international Rhyse Martin.

Brenko Lee has been a regular selection in these squads. Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images.
Brenko Lee has been a regular selection in these squads. Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images.

Three players from last year's Emerging Maroons - Jai Arrow, Felise Kaufusi and Kalyn Ponga - went on to make their interstate debuts in the 2018 series.

With Valentine Holmes departing rugby league and Billy Slater's retirement there will be plenty of spots up for grabs for 2019 as Queensland look to wrest the shield back from New South Wales.

FULL SQUAD

Joe Ofahengaue (Brisbane Broncos)

Christian Welch (Melbourne Storm)

David Fifita (Brisbane Broncos)

Jaydn Su'A (Brisbane Broncos)

Rhyse Martin (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

Ashley Taylor (Gold Coast Titans)

Brodie Croft (Melbourne Storm)

Jake Clifford (North Queensland Cowboys)

Corey Norman (Parramatta Eels)

AJ Brimson (Gold Coast Titans)

Phillip Sami (Gold Coast Titans)

Tautau Moga (Newcastle Knights)

Nene Macdonald (North Queensland Cowboys)

Kyle Feldt (North Queensland Cowboys)

Brenko Lee (Gold Coast Titans)

 

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