Tyrell up for a big State of Ori­gin win

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

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.

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