Sydney Roosters pair Michael Jennings and Daniel Tupou have been selected in the New South Wales team to take on Queensland in the opening game of the 2014 State of Origin series.
The selections cap of a stellar rise for debutant Tupou who in 2012 played in the Newtown Jets NSW Cup winning side before establishing himself as a regular first grader last season, capped off by a remarkable performance in the NRL Grand Final.
'Toops' as he is known by his mates was then selected in this year’s 2013 City Origin side, scoring two remarkable tries which has all led to the flying winger being selected in today’s Origin side.
Powerhouse centre Jennings will play in his 11th Origin next Wednesday night, his selection coming on the back of a huge 2013 which included the match winning try in the 2013 Grand Final and a solid start to the 2014 season.
The Roosters left edge combination have been nearly unstoppable over the past 15 months and the two good mates will no doubt cherish the opportunity to play together on the ultimate stage.
Sydney Roosters Assistant Coach and Blues legend Craig Fitzgibbon said the selections were a reflection of the sacrifices both mplayes had made to improve their game.
“The selections are a reward for the hard work both players have put in both last year and the start of this season.”
“They have been unbelievable for us down that left edge and I have no doubt they can get the job done on the big stage.”
Fitzgibbon also praised debutant Tupou for his determined attitude and sudden rise.
“Toops has really worked hard on developing his game and I think that is evident by the success he has achieved in such a short period of time.”