James in Emerging Blues squad
Aquis Titans prop/second-rower Ryan James is among a list of 17 NSW selection prospects who have been chosen today in NSW VB Blues coach Laurie Daley’s 2016 Emerging Blues camp.
The talented squad will come together at ANZ Stadium on Saturday (January 16) at a camp designed to provide players with an insight into what it takes to play State of Origin for New South Wales.
James' selection comes a day after Nene Macdonald was chosen in Queensland's equivalent squad of young players.
“These guys are players who are obviously very talented and we believe they have the potential to be Origin players,” Daley said.
“It’s nice for them to be able to come into our environment and see how we go about things.
“Hopefully they will get something out of the camp and it makes them more determined to be a part of the 2016 Holden State of Origin series.”
James had been selected in the 2015 squad too and was called into the Blues State of Origin camp last year leading up to Game I to gain experience and as an indication that he was well in the frame for Origin selection.
The one-day camp covers a number of aspects including physical and mental preparation as well as team culture.
“The camp will give these players an indication of what we are all about,” Daley said.
“If they make the side it helps them walk into an environment they are somewhat familiar with – so when they arrive in camp they know what we do and how we go about it.”