NSW under-18s to take on Queensland under-18s in State of Origin curtain raiser

Blue bloods: Hills Sports High students and Parramatta Eels players Oregon Kaufusi and Kyle Schneider will line up for the NSW Blues in the under-18s State of Origin side. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

Blue bloods: Hills Sports High students and Parramatta Eels players Oregon Kaufusi and Kyle Schneider will line up for the NSW Blues in the under-18s State of Origin side. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

Hills Sport High students Kyle Schneider and Oregon Kaufusi will represent NSW at Wednesday’s under-18s State of Origin.

The year 12 pair will play for NSW after impressing selectors with their performances this season.

Oregon, 17, is a front-rower and has played 14 games for the Parramatta Eels Holden Cup squad this season.

“It means everything,” he said. “It goes to show how hard I’ve trained and now I’ve been rewarded.”

Being one of two from Hills Sports High, Oregon said it “shows how much talent we have at the school”.

Kyle, 17, moved from the Central Coast to Hills Sports High in term four last year “to make it easier on my parents, so they don’t have to travel down three nights a week”.

He has since captained the Parramatta Harold Matthews side to the championship in 2016 and the Eels SG Ball side to the national title earlier this season.

The talented hooker also captained the under-16s Blues last year.

“It’s a great achievement making the Blues at any age but the 18s is starting to get to the pointy end of the arrow,” Kyle said. “It means a lot, especially to make it a year young.”

The under-18s Blues play the Maroons in the State of Origin curtain-raiser at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday at 5.15pm.

The Blues have won three of the previous four under-18s Origin matches.

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