Bulldogs player picked for emerging Origin side

By Kirra Livingstone

BEERWAH Bulldogs and Sunshine Coast Falcons rugby league player Mitchell Jennings has just been picked for the under 18s emerging origin squad.

Jennings has been a Bulldog since he started playing as an under 8s player, and also went to Peachester State School, proving he is as local as they come.

The centre’s success started to rise when he competed in the 2021 Mal Meninga Queensland Rugby League Competition for the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

This led to him being picked to play in the Queensland city versus country game last year, which is how the emerging origin officials pick their under 18s squad.

Although the origin games aren’t until next year – as there are no representative games for the under 18s – Mitch said it’s still worth his while.

“There’s no game for this squad, it’s more like a system once you’re in it, and you are a part of the team,” he said.

And just because there’s no game this year, doesn’t mean preparation for next year hasn’t already begun, with the origin camp taking place in Brisbane shortly after the team announcement.

“I think you always learn a few things from those camps, it’s always good to just pick up a few more things each time,” he said.

“It was mostly just training and educational stuff like player education, all those things.”