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).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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