Sims selected in Emerging Blues Squad
Monday 17 December 2012 12:50 PM
North Queensland forward Tariq Sims has been included by newly appointed New South Wales coach Laurie Daley in a 22-man Emerging Blues Squad for a three-day camp to be held in January.
Sims came close to earning his first Origin jersey last season before a double leg fracture sustained against Penrith ended his representative ambitions for another year.
In April, the young back-rower scored two tries in his first appearance for Country against City in their annual clash.
The New South Wales Rugby League said the Emerging Origin players were handpicked by Daley and the NSWRL High Performance Unit with the consideration that they will wear the sky blue jersey in the very near future.
"Some of the guys have already played at a State of Origin level," Daley said.
"We want these players Origin ready from the moment they receive the phone call and camps like these are essential for us to get them into that space.
"You look at a guy like Josh Reynolds who has progressed through the VB NSW Cup and starred this year for the Bulldogs.
It is about helping players like him transition through to this next level of Rugby League."
The camp will take place over three days at Coogee beginning Friday, 18 January.
2013 Emerging Blues Squad:
Josh Dugan Canberra Raiders
Shaun Fensom Canberra Raiders
Blake Ferguson Canberra Raiders
Josh McCrone Canberra Raiders
Josh Jackson Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Josh Reynolds Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Aiden Tolman Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Luke Douglas Gold Coast Titans
Jamal Idris Gold Coast Titans
Aidan Sezer Gold Coast Titans
Jorge Taufua Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Alex McKinnon Newcastle Knights
Tariq Sims North Queensland Cowboys
Jacob Loko Parramatta Eels
Nathan Merritt South Sydney Rabbitohs
Adam Reynolds South Sydney Rabbitohs
Mitch Rein St George Illawarra Dragons
Boyd Cordner Sydney Roosters
Joseph ‘BJ’ Leilua Sydney Roosters
Feleti Mateo Warriors
Chris Lawrence Wests Tigers
Aaron Woods Wests Tigers