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Three young guns included in NSW U/20s Pathways Camp Squad

Three Wests Tigers players have been included in the upcoming New South Wales Under-20s pathways camp this weekend at Narrabeen.

Matthew Lodge, Salesi Funaki and Matthew Woods have all been included in the 34-man camp squad, which is designed to give young up-and-coming players a taste of what it means to play State of Origin for their state and the effort required to achieve at that level.

The two-day Pathways Camp at Narrabeen kicks off on Friday with New South Wales Blues coach Laurie Daley at the helm. Players will participate in training and skills work and also enjoy sessions on the type of attitude and high performance required for State of Origin delivered by several guest speakers, with Daley speaking highly of the camp.

“These youngsters represent the future for New South Wales,” said Daley.

“If we want to be successful long-term with State of Origin we have to provide the pathways for our elite juniors. Recognising our rising stars and giving them a taste of what it means to play State of Origin and the preparation needed on and off the field is vital.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for these young players and the sessions we’ve organised are with some of the high-performance team members who helped the NSW VB Blues achieve their State of Origin goals.”

Funaki and Lodge both featured in the 2014 Pathways Camp, with the latter going on to make his first-grade debut in Round 17 against the Penrith Panthers.

Lodge also played in the NSW Under-20's State of Origin team earlier this year.

Funaki and Woods are both yet to make thier first-grade debut, but with the former stepping up to full-time training in 2015 and the latter continuing to develop into a fine lock and second-row forward, the future is clearly bright for both players.

Check out the full squad for the 2015 Under 20's Origin Pathways Camp below.

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Player

Club

Matthew Lodge

Wests Tigers

Salesi Funaki

Wests Tigers

Matthew Woods

Wests Tigers

Matt Dufty

St. George-Illawarra Dragons

Izaac Thompson

St. George-Illawarra Dragons

Euan Aitken

St. George-Illawarra Dragons

Drew Hutchinson

St. George-Illawarra Dragons

Matt Jurd

St. George-Illawarra Dragons

Tom Trbojevic

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Zach Nicholls

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Liam Knight

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Rhys Armstrong

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Paul Momirovski

Sydney Roosters

Willis Meehan

Sydney Roosters

Grant Garvey

Sydney Roosters

Jackson Hastings

Sydney Roosters

Anthony Moraitis

Cronulla Sharks

Jack Bird

Cronulla Sharks

Brad Deitz

Cronulla Sharks

Myles Taueli

Cronulla Sharks

Bevan French

Parramatta Eels

Nathan Davis

Parramatta Eels

Alex Twal

Parramatta Eels

Joey Lussick

Parramatta Eels

Robert Jennings

Penrith Panthers

Brent Naden

Penrith Panthers

Soni Hala

Penrith Panthers

Bryce Donovan

Newcastle Knights

Bradie Smith

Newcastle Knights

Luke Yates

Newcastle Knights

Liam Coleman

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Michael Morgan

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Andrew Heffernan

Canberra Raiders

Lachlan Croker

Canberra Raiders

Tevita Pangai

Canberra Raiders