Tyrell up for a big State of Origin win
TYRELL Felstead-Fuimaono refuses to be intimidated and is more than ready to run out at Suncorp Stadium for the NSW under-20s State of Origin side tonight.
While the 19-year-old has played in the State of Origin series three times before, he said the excitement never wore off.
“I was rapt,” Felstead-Fuimaono, of St Clair, said. “It was 10 o’clock at night, I was sleeping and my phone started going berserk. Then I couldn’t go back to sleep for hours.
“It’s always a great achievement and as you grow up and get older, it’s always a greater achievement.”
While Felstead-Fuimaono knows it was his performance for the Parramatta Eels in the NSW Holden Cup that won over selectors, he’s not sure what the specific reason was.
“You get selected based on your performance,” he said.
“They don’t even tell you. They just put the team up online.”
After spending a lot of time in the Eels backline, he will play in the second row for the Blues when they face Queensland in Brisbane tonight.
Felstead-Fuimaono said he was worried about being up to the task after playing multiple positions throughout the season with the Eels.
While he has been billed as a rising star, the St Clair youngster admitted his first footy game when he was three was not his best.
“I was a bit soft, I started crying, so I had a year off and came back when I was five,” Felstead-Fuimaono said.
Now, 14 years on, he credits the game for his stable lifestyle.
“If I wasn’t doing this then I probably be up to no good,” he said.
Tyrell Felstead-Fuimaono will run out tonight for the NSW Origin Under-20s side at Suncorp Stadium.