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Holden Cup stars Nene Macdonald and Brendan Elliot have been selected in the Queensland Emerging Origin Squad.

NRL Assistant Coach and former Under 20s mentor Jason Taylor was high in praise for the duo after hearing of the announcement, when he caught up with

"Both of them are exciting young talents and this is just reward for the hard work they've put in over the last twelve months especially," Taylor said.

"They're certainly stars of the future here at the Roosters and I'd suggest this is just the start of plenty accolades to come their way."

"They've both been a part of our Pre-Season training Squad since the start of November and don't look out of place at all alongside the likes of Mitchell Pearce and Jake Friend, both of whom are Premiership winners now."

Players will assemble at the QAS Academy of Sport on Thursday 23 January with QAS Rugby League Director Wayne Bennett and Maroons Under 20s Coach Kevin Walters overlooking the group.

Squad members will also be out to impress Walters as they look for a place in the Queensland Under 20's team to play New South Wales in the annual

representative fixture.

The selection of the duo follows on from the selection of Jackson Hastings, Taane Milne, Tyler Cornish, Willis Meehan, Alex Thomas, Bradley Dietz in the NSWRL Under 20's Origin Pathway Camp.
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