NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler will get an early start on his preparations for the 2020 State of Origin series after inviting a combined total of 64 NSW players, including Gerringong pair Tariq Sims and Reuben Garrick as well as Nowra-born Cody Walker, to the NSWRL Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park, for a two-day camp later this month.
Manly-Warringah's Garrick, who enjoyed a breakout 2019 season, is one of 14 players named in the Emerging Blues squad, being joined by Emre Guler (Canberra Raiders), Bronson Xerri (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Jack Gosiewski (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Ryan Papenhuyzen, Curtis Scott (Melbourne Storm), Matt Burton, Spencer Leniu, Liam Martin (Penrith Panthers), Nat Butcher, Kyle Flanagan, Sam Verrills (Sydney Roosters), Campbell Graham and Liam Knight (South Sydney Rabbitohs).
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These players, as well as these 16 Future Blues; Brendon Tumeth (Balmain Tigers), Trey Mooney, Clay Webb (Canberra Raiders), Paul Alamoti (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Sione Fainu, Tolu Koula, Ben Trbojevic, Kaeo Weekes (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Bradman Best, Mitch Black, Jonah Pezet (Newcastle Knights), Thomas Weaver, Josh Bevan (Northern Rivers), Jason Saab, Tyrell Sloan (St George Illawarra Dragons) and Peter Mamouzelos (South Sydney Rabbitohs), will go into camp on Thursday, December 12.
Sims, who has played for the Blues twice in the State of Origin arena, Walker, who made his NSW debut in 2019, and the rest of the 34-man senior squad will enter camp on December 13.
Joining this pair in the NSW Blues squad are Payne Haas, Kotoni Staggs (Brisbane Broncos), Jack Wighton, Nick Cotric (Canberra Raiders), Wade Graham (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Curtis Sironen, Tom Trbojevic, Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Josh Addo-Carr, Dale Finucane (Melbourne Storm), David Klemmer, Mitchell Pearce, Daniel Saifiti (Newcastle Knights), Nathan Brown, Blake Ferguson, Clint Gutherson, Ryan Matterson, Mitchell Moses (Parramatta Eels), Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers), Boyd Cordner, Angus Crichton, Luke Keary, Latrell Mitchell, Victor Radley, James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters), Damien Cook, Cameron Murray, James Roberts (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Cameron McInnes, Tyson Frizell, Paul Vaughan (St George Illawarra Dragons) and Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers).