Exciting young Wests Tigers half-back Luke Brooks has today been named in the 2013 Holden Cup Team of the Year.


Brooks has been in superb form for Wests Tigers in the Holden Cup competition all season, culminating in him making an outstanding NRL debut in the win over St George-Illawarra at the SCG last Saturday.


NRL Head of Football, Mr Todd Greenberg, joined GM Holden Sales Director, Mr Peter Keley, and members of the 2013 Holden Cup Team of the Year at Rugby League Centrals Heroes and Legends Museum to announce the side with the 2013 Holden Cup Player of The Year to be named during FOX SPORTS live telecast of the Dally M Awards on Tuesday, October 1.


This years team joins an honour roll that includes some of the NRLs most exciting and talented stars, including Daly-Cherry Evans, Ben Barba, Kieran Foran, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Ben Matulino, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jesse Bromwich, Shaun Fensom, Tariq Sims, Gareth Widdop, Alex McKinnon, Trent Merrin, Dale Finucane and James Segeyaro.


You just have to look through the weekly NRL line-ups to realise how important the Holden Cup has been as a development pathway, NRL Head of Football, Mr Todd Greenberg, said today.


Ben Barba was a member of the inaugural team of the year in 2008 and has gone on to win the Dally M Medal, we have seen a number of graduates now play Holden State of Origin and represent their countries and many more become leading players within their NRL clubs.


Just as importantly, the competition has set new standards in achievement off the field.


The Holden Cups No Work, No Study, No Play policy philosophy is unique in Australian professional sport and represents the importance the game places on helping players achieve a balanced life that prepares them for life after they finish playing in the NRL.


The 2013 Holden Cup Team of the Year features players from 12 clubs and includes the nephew of Titans coach John Cartwright Panthers back-rower Bryce Cartwright while the Sharks Michael Lichaa and Raiders Mitchell Cornish join a select band of players to be named in the Team of Year twice.


The 2013 Holden Cup Team of the Year is:

Fullback: Jack Ahearn (Canberra Raiders, Apprentice Electrician)

Wing: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Penrith Panthers, Year 12 Patrician Brothers Blacktown)

Centre: Hymel Hunt (Gold Coast Titans, Bachelor of Business at Griffith University)

Centre: Charly Runciman (St George Illawarra Dragons, Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at University of Wollongong)

Wing: Jonathon Reuben(Canberra Raiders, Indigenous Trainee with Department of Education and Training)

Five-eighth: Samisoni Langi (Sydney Roosters, Bachelor Exercise & Health Science at ACU)

Halfback: Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers,. Trainee Community and Development Officer)

Prop: Matthew Lodge (Melbourne Storm, Diploma of Management)

Hooker: Michael Lichaa(Cronulla Sharks, Apprentice Carpenter)

Prop: Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Bachelor of Management and Sport and Exercise at UTS)

Second-Row: Bryce Cartwright (Penrith Panthers, Certificate III and IV in Fitness at ACPE Academy)

Second-Row: Corey Oates (Brisbane Broncos, Certificate IV in Business)

Lock: John Asiata (Sydney Roosters, Certificate IV in Community Services)

Interchange:

Mitchell Cornish (Canberra Raiders, Diploma of Business Management)

Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers, Teachers Aide at Willmot Public School)

David Bhana (Warriors, Bachelor of Science at Auckland University)

Cameron McInnes (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Bachelor of Physiotherapy at ACU)

Coach: Mick Mantelli (Canberra Raiders, Owner Building Company_


Holden is really proud to be part of a competition that measures success by the achievements of its players at school and in the workplace as much as performances on the field, GM Holden Sales Director, Mr Peter Keley, said today.

You only have to look at the careers of many of the graduates of previous teams of the year to realise the opportunity that each of the players here today has in front of them.


They are all gifted players but what makes these young men exceptional talents is that they have earned this honour by showing the same dedication to their career development off the field.


On behalf of Holden, I would like to congratulate the 17 players selected in the 2013 Holden Cup Team of Year and wish the teams who qualify for the finals the best of luck.


The Holden Cup Finals Series will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS with the Holden Cup Grand Final to be simulcast on FOX SPORTS and Channel Nine on NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Day.


You only have to look at the careers of many of the graduates of previous teams of the year to realise the opportunity that each of the players here today has in front of them.


They are all gifted players but what makes these young men exceptional talents is that they have earned this honour by showing the same dedication to their career development off the field.


On behalf of Holden, I would like to congratulate the 17 players selected in the 2013 Holden Cup Team of Year and wish the teams who qualify for the finals the best of luck.



Mr Gary Burns, Head of FOX SPORTS Channels, said: The Holden Cup has once again proven to be a great breeding ground for the games next generation of stars.


A lot of elite young players have been given their chance, particularly during the Origin period and with some clubs battling injuries, to earn some solid first grade experience.


Youve only got to look at the impact of exciting young players like Luke Brooks, Charly Runciman, Bryce Cartwright and David Bhana to understand the future of the NRL is in good hands.