THE next batch of Maroons-in-waiting has been announced.
There are five rookies in the Queensland Academy of Sport's Emerging Origin Squad, with imposing backrower Josh Papalii selected after switching allegiance to Australia late this year.
The 14-man squad, which includes Dally M player of the year Ben Barba, assemble in Brisbane from January 25-27 to work with QAS rugby league director Wayne Bennett and Maroons coach Mal Meninga.
The camp's debutants are Edrick Lee (Canberra Raiders), Michael Morgan (NQ Cowboys), Ben Ridge (Gold Coast Titans), Aidan Guerra (Sydney Roosters) and Papalli.
They will train alongside Bulldogs star Barba, Justin O'Neill (Melbourne Storm), Dale Copley (Brisbane Broncos), Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Sea Eagles), Andrew McCullough (Broncos), Martin Kennedy (Sydney Roosters), Josh McGuire (Broncos), William Zillman (Gold Coast Titans) and Chris McQueen (South Sydney Rabbitohs).
The camp held at QAS headquarters in Mt Gravatt, will also see the introduction of a Junior Emerging Origin squad.
That squad brings together the best young players vying for spots in Queensland's Under-20 Origin team to play New South Wales next year.
In that squad is Israel Folau's younger brother John.
Queensland Rugby League chief executive Robert Moore said the QAS program had been a vital cog in the pathway for elite players.
"In the past few seasons alone the likes of Matt Gillett, Ben Te'o, Dave Taylor, Dane Nielsen and Jharal Yow Yeh have made the step from the QAS program into the Origin team," Moore said.
"There is no doubt their transition into one of sport's toughest and most competitive arenas was helped by their involvement in the QAS Emerging Origin program."
QAS EMERGING STATE OF ORIGIN SQUAD 2013
Ben BARBA (CANTERBURY BULLDOGS)
Justin O'NEILL (MELBOURNE STORM)
Edrick LEE (CANBERRA RAIDERS)
Michael MORGAN (NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS)
Dale COPLEY (BRISBANE BRONCOS)
Daly CHERRY-EVANS (MANLY SEA EAGLES)
Andrew McCULLOUGH (BRISBANE BRONCOS)
Martin KENNEDY (SYDNEY ROOSTERS)
Ben RIDGE (GOLD COAST TITANS)
Josh McGUIRE (BRISBANE BRONCOS)
Aidan GUERRA (SYDNEY ROOSTERS)
Josh PAPALII (CANBERRA RAIDERS)
William ZILLMAN (GOLD COAST TITANS)
Chris McQUEEN (SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS)
QLD JUNIOR EMERGING ORIGIN SQUAD 2013
Caleb TIMU (BRISBANE BRONCOS)
Corey OATES (BRISBANE BRONCOS)
Chris GREVSMUHL (NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS)
Hymel HUNT (GOLD COAST TITANS)
Kurt MANN (MELBOURNE STORM)
Ian RICCARDI (PENRITH PANTHERS)
Anthony MILFORD (CANBERRA RAIDERS)
Travis PEETERS (BRISBANE BRONCOS)
Francis MOLO (BRISBANE BRONCOS)
Zac SANTO (NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS)
Kierran MOSELEY (PENRITH PANTHERS)
Patrick MAGO (CANBERRA RAIDERS)
Soape PALAU (BRISBANE BRONCOS)
Patrick KAUFUSI (NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS)
Moses MBYE (CANTERBURY BULLDOGS)
Cameron CULLEN (BRISBANE BRONCOS)
Brenko LEE (CANBERRA RAIDERS)
Joseph FORRESTER (BRISBANE BRONCOS)
John FOLAU (PARRAMATTA EELS)
Billy BRITTAIN (MELBOURNE STORM)
Ben HAMPTON (MELBOURNE STORM)
Luke KEARY (SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS)
Dylan NAPA (SYDNEY ROOSTERS)
Korbin SIMS (NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS)
Lachlan MARANTA (BRISBANE BRONCOS)
Aaron WHITCHURCH (BRISBANE BRONCOS)