Housemates to meet in trans-Tasman battle

Housemates and North Queensland Toyota Cowboys contracted youngsters Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Griffin Neame will lock horns in a trans-Tasman battle this weekend.

The Australian Schoolboys take on the Under 19s Junior Kiwis at Dolphin Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday as a curtain-raiser to the Queensland Cup grand final between Wynnum Manly and Burleigh.

Tabuai-Fidow has been named in the centres for the Australian Schoolboys, while Neame will start in the front-row for the Junior Kiwis.

The duo starred for the Townsville Blackhawks under 18s in the Ma Meninga Cup earlier this season before graduating to the Hastings Deering Colts (under 20s).

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow - Photo courtesy of Australian Schoolboys
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow - Photo courtesy of Australian Schoolboys

Tabuai-Fidow scored a remarkable 13 tries in just six Mal Meninga Cup games and another eight in six Hastings Deering Colts games, but unfortunately had his season cut short by a hamstring injury.

The 18-year-old Cairns product will join the Cowboys NRL squad on a development contract for the 2020 season.

Neame was a product of the Cowboys New Zealand academy before moving to North Queensland prior to the 2019 season.

Griffin Neame - Photo courtesy of NZRL Media
Griffin Neame - Photo courtesy of NZRL Media

The 18-year-old averaged four tackle breaks, 70 running metres and 20 tackles across six Mal Meninga Cup games.

Sunday’s game kicks off at 11am and will be shown live on Fox Sports and streamed on QRL.com.au.