PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT: Junior Lolo Fakaosilea (far right) will play for the Queensland Reds Under-20 side in the National Championships in Canberra.
PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT: Junior Lolo Fakaosilea (far right) will play for the Queensland Reds Under-20 side in the National Championships in Canberra. Contributed

Former Emerald rugby schoolboy aiming for top

EMERALD schoolboy rugby product Junior Lolo Fakaosilea has a golden chance to push for Queensland Reds selection at the National Under-20s Championships in Canberra starting tomorrow.

"My main focus on this is to hopefully get a Super Rugby game out of the two games," Fakaosilea said.

Fakaosilea has already played at a higher level than U20s, but still jumped at the chance when he was selected in the squad last week.

 

"I've played a couple of games for the Reds A side," he said. "I was still really excited… to get the opportunity to play for the 20s.

"When the opportunity came along I took it."

 

The 18-year-old flanker has placed the onus upon himself to make the most of his experience in the tournament.

"You try to maintain that same level of playing," he said.

"You know you have that slight advantage."

The Reds say Fakaosilea "will add size and power to the team".

"As a player, those are the attributes that I bring to the team," he said.

"That's my role."

He has been training with the Reds' senior squad for several months now.

Fakaosilea feels like he has made strong progress in that time.

"Our main target was to get bigger and stronger and fitter," he said.

"It does prepare you to further your career."

Fakaosilea is working hard to develop into the prototypical modern rugby player and maximise his chances of Super Rugby selection.

"They do look at your size and skill," he said.

"You've got to be mobile.

"It's a professional environment."


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