Bevan and Griffiths Thrilled To Represent Their State

Updated: July 12, 2018

Country representatives Josh Bevan and Noah Griffith’s have been named in the NSW Under-16’s side after their outstanding performances in the Andrew Johns Cup and will now take on Queensland at Suncorp Stadium on July 15th.

Bilambil Jets and Northern Rivers player Bevan says he can’t wait to don the Blues jersey for the first time and hopefully lead NSW to their third consecutive interstate victory.

“It’s always been a dream of mine,” Bevan said.

“I just want to represent my state as best I can, have fun and enjoy myself.

“Wearing the Blues jersey is the best thing that can happen to a young boy playing footy; I’ll be looking up to my heroes.”

Bathurst Panthers and Western Rams player Griffiths says he is eager to play Queensland in what will be the curtain-raiser to the Brisbane Broncos v Warriors Round 18 NRL match.

“It’s pretty nerve-wracking at the start but now the closer and closer it gets to the game more excitement comes into it, so it’s just pure excitement now,” Griffiths said.

Griffiths believes the experience of winning the Andrew Johns Cup final with the Western Rams will help him in the Sunday’s match and benefitted him on, as well as off the football field.

“Off the field, getting to know everyone and knowing what to do professionally got us used the sort of stuff they do in higher levels of football.

“In terms of playing, playing at a higher level has just given me more opportunity to be seen and be known for playing footy.”

“Being part of the Rams was one of the best experiences; just going away for a few days with some good mates and meeting new people that you usually play against and winning the competition with them.”

Griffiths signed a four-year deal with the Melbourne Storm at the beginning of this year after representing the New South Wales Combined High Schools team at the Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League Under-15’s National Championships.

Following their impressive performances in the Andrew Johns Cup, Bevan and Griffiths were selected to represent the NSW Country Under-16’s to take on the Gold Coast Titans in October on the North Coast of New South Wales and Griffiths says he is looking forward to it.

“It’s just another opportunity to open up to what it’s really like, get amongst it with new people and just play some higher level footy at the end of the year.”

The pair are hoping to be in contention for the Laurie Daley Cup Northern Rivers and Western Rams teams next year as well as the NSW Under-18’s squad.

The NSW Blues v Queensland Maroons Under-16’s match which will be played as a curtain-raiser for the Brisbane Broncos and Warriors Round 18 NRL match on Sunday, July 15 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.