Tuimavave makes NRL U20 team of year

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 15:52 21/08/2012

Relevant offers

League

Wests Tigers pip the Melbourne Storm in trial match on Sunshine Coast Canterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler plays down Hopoate, Morris injuries No howlers in NRL's bunker debut during All Stars game World side defeats Indigenous stars 12-8 in NRL All Stars game Damien Cook stars as Souths beat Dragons in Charity Shield Issac Luke impresses in first outing as Warriors thump Titans in trial match Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith backs return of war dance Albert Vete fears second-year syndrome at the Warriors as NRL clubs eyeball him 'I've got 2-3 NRL seasons left': Benji Marshall Shaun Johnson ready to Marshall the Warriors against Benji's Dragons in Nelson

The promising development of utility back Carlos Tuimavave, a rare positive during the New Zealand Warriors woeful NRL campaign, has been acknowledged by his selection in the under-20s team of the year for a second successive season.

Tuimavave, who graduated to first grade earlier this month when selected to play the Cronulla  Sharks, has been named at five-eighth in a 17-man squad, which also includes talented Auckland-born Sydney Roosters wing/fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Tuimavave retains his position from a 2011 line-up that also included Konrad Hurrell and Omar Slaimankhel - two other age-group stars that made the step up to first grade for the Warriors this year.

Auckland-born second rowers Michael Chee Kam (Canberra Raiders) and Penrith's Viapuna Tia Kilifi also gained selection.

The players named today are eligible for the under-20s player of the year accolade, which is presented during the annual Dally M Awards, in Sydney, on September 4.

Since the under-20s competition began in 2008, 11 New Zealanders have progressed to represent the Kiwis: Kieran Foran, Ben Matulino, Matt Duffie, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam McKendry, Jesse Bromwich, Josh Hoffman, Kevin Locke, Alex Glenn, Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa and Shaun Johnson.

Toyota Cup team of the year 2012: Evander Cummins (St George Illawarra Dragons), Marika Koroibete (Wests Tigers), Edrick Lee (Canberra Raiders), Nathan Green (St George Illawarra Dragons), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Sydney Roosters), Carlos Tuimavave (NZ Warriors), Mitchell Cornish (Canberra Raiders), David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Michael Lichaa (Cronulla Sharks), Korbin Sims (Newcastle Knights),  Michael Chee Kam (Canberra Raiders), Vaipuna Tia Kilifi (Penrith Panthers), Paul Carter (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs). Interchange: Caleb Timu (Brisbane Broncos), Chris Grevsmuhl (North Queensland Cowboys), Luke Keary (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters). Coach: Garth Brennan (Penrith Panthers).

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your pick for international league player of the year?

Shaun Johnson

Jesse Bromwich

Sam Burgess

James Graham

Greg Inglis

Johnathan Thurston

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content