Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Our Team of the Future Is Brimming with Talent

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Our Team of the Future Is Brimming with Talent

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Byline: WAYNE HEMING ARM SPORTS BUREAU

WITH the 2016 season officially over for 12 of the 16 NRL clubs it's a good time to select ARM's team of future representative stars.

This is our team of 13 players who have not yet played Origin or Test rugby league but who we believe will reach those representative heights.

They may not have been the best players in their positions this season but in our opinion they are players headed for stardom.

FULLBACK: A number of young players put their hand up here including Cameron Munster, who replaced injured No.1 Billy Slater at the Storm, but, in the end, we settled on exciting youngster Latrell Mitchell, who was simply outstanding for the Roosters this season. This kid has shades of Greg Inglis about him and is going to be something special.

WING: Impossible to go past Suliasi Vunivalu, the Suva sensation from the Storm who has set a club record for a player in his debut year with 22 tries. The 20-year-old launched his career with a try-scoring double and just kept crossing the line for the rest of the season.

CENTRE: This guy does not fit in the "youth" category but how Canberra's Jarrod Croker has not made a New South Wales Origin side is hard to fathom. There are few more reliable performers in the NRL than the head-geared Croker, who is close to finishing 2016 with 300 points and a possible premiership.

CENTRE: Croker's Raiders teammate Joseph Leilua would have made the team but he has played eight Tests for Samoa, so this spot goes to Parramatta flier Bevan French, who set the season alight with his blistering pace and ability to score from anywhere on the field.

WING: Many believe this kid is a superstar in the making so we had to find a place for Manly's Tom Trbojevic, who has the rugby league world at his feet. Tall, fast and very evasive, Trbojevic has scored 18 tries in 32 games for Manly and has already been likened to a young Darren Lockyer.

FIVE-EIGHTH: Few players have gone ahead in leaps and bounds as much as Tigers No.6 Mitchell Moses, who has taken his game to another level in 2016 as a ball runner. The Tigers believe they can build a premiership around him. …

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