Tuimavave makes NRL U20 team of year

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

Relevant offers

League

Manly one step closer to the minor premiership Gradual return no longer Thomas Leuluai plan Manly coach praises tough nut Kieran Foran Wooden spoon my worst nightmare - Campese Panthers confound critics in win over Bulldogs Shaun Johnson likey to miss clash with Raiders Carney socialises with Schapelle Corby in Bali Tigers boss tries to clear air with Robbie Farah Krisnan Inu departs to Stade Francais as cover Sam Burgess won't bow out of the NRL tamely

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

What should the Warriors do with Dane Nielsen?

Try and offload him. He's been a disappointment.

Nothing. He's got another year on his contract.

Give him more of a chance to showcase his skills.

Re-sign him. He's an Origin rep and solid defensive centre.

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content