Being chosen for the Queensland Under-20s team is an Origin story with a difference for Gold Coast Titans halfback Tanah Boyd.
Boyd and centre Treymain Spry were the two Titans chosen for the Maroons under-20s, who will take on NSW in the curtain-raiser to State of Origin III at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Wednesday 10 July.
Boyd, who joined the Titans from Brisbane before the June 30 transfer deadline, is continuing his rise through the junior representative ranks, having previously represented Queensland at under-16 and under-18 level as well.
But his selection for the under-20 Maroons presents a unique learning opportunity for Boyd, with the future Titans No.7 to learn directly from the very first man to wear the Gold Coast jersey he covets – original Titans halfback and captain Scott Prince.
Prince, halfback and co-captain of the Titans for the club’s inaugural season in 2007, is now coach of the Queensland under-20s, and Boyd told titans.com.au he can’t to get into camp and learn as much as he can from the Titans original.
“It is always good to represent my state and I am looking forward to going into camp now and getting amongst the boys,” Boyd said.
“This year we have Scott Prince as our coach, and being a half, that is going to be awesome and I will learn a lot out of that.
“I am just really looking forward to it. I have never really had anything to do with Princey, other than the QAS (Queensland Academy of Sport) camp we did at the beginning of the year.
“That should be pretty special to be with Princey and work with him, so hopefully I learn a fair bit.”