Proser­pine prod­uct to play for Qld

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JU­NIOR Brah­mans’ prod­uct Nathan Bar­rett has been se­lected in the Queens­land un­der-16 State of Ori­gin team to play the cur­tain raiser be­fore Game One in Syd­ney later this month.

The 16-year-old, who now lives in Townsville to at­tend Kir­wan State High School on a league schol­ar­ship, will take to ANZ Sta­dium on May 27 be­fore the main event.

“I’m ec­static. I’m over the moon I even got there,” he said.

Nathan is on the come­back trail from shoul­der surgery and a se­ries of hand in­juries, so the state se­lec­tion came as a shock to the for­mer Proser­pine lo­cal.

“I didn’t ex­pect it at all,” he said.

“They’ve picked me at num­ber 17 but I’ll play in the sec­ond row and hope­fully work my way up to the start­ing line.”

Nathan hopes to one day rep­re­sent Australia and Queens­land.

Be­fore his state du­ties, Nathan’s next as­sign­ment will be the Cronulla Sharks’ un­der-16s in the na­tional fi­nals.

Nathan and the Townsville Stingers won the Cyril Con­nell Cup state fi­nal ear­lier this month, tak­ing care of the Sun­shine Coast Fal­cons to progress through to this week­end’s match.

“We’ve gone through un­de­feated so this week­end we’re off to the na­tional fi­nals as the best team in Queens­land,” he ex­plained.

The news just keeps get­ting bet­ter for Nathan, hav­ing signed with the North Queens­land Cow­boys.

STAR IN THE MAK­ING: Whit­sun­day Brah­mans’ prod­uct Nathan Bar­rett has been named in the un­der-15 Queens­land White squad to play in Tam­worth next month.

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