TRAINING: Former Bundaberg junior Felise Kaufusi is ready to take his chance at Origin.
TRAINING: Former Bundaberg junior Felise Kaufusi is ready to take his chance at Origin.

Kaufusi is ready to play

LEAGUE: Bundaberg’s Felise Kaufusi is confident he can do a job for Queensland if he is selected for the final State of Origin next Wednesday.

On Thursday the former Past Brothers junior was selected as the 18th man for the Maroons after his excellent performances for the Melbourne Storm recently.

With a couple players in doubt for the match, including Nate Myles, the door is slightly open for the 24-year-old to make his debut.

Talking to the NewsMail he said the news was starting to sink in.

“I got told through the Storm manager while I was on a couple of days of holiday with my partner,” he said.

“I’ll be training as if I’m playing. I’m going to go through the motions just in case.”

In a dramatic turnaround for the Storm forward, he was playing Intrust Super Cup at Stafford Park for the Sunshine Coast Falcons just two months ago.

Kaufusi said a quick reality check got him on the right track.

“It was all about consistency for me,” he said.

“Chuck one bad game in and that’s what happens. It is all about performing well week in week out.”

The 18th man has also been inundated with support.

“The phone has been flat out with congratulations and people wishing me plenty of good luck,” he said.

“Craig Bellamy has also contacted me and said prepare as if you are playing.”

While not thinking about playing for Queensland yet, Kaufusi said it would be a dream come true.

“I grew up in Bundy and I cheered when they [Qld] won and cried when they lost,” he said.

“If I get the chance it would be a massive honour to represent the state.”

Kaufusi joined the camp yesterday and will train with the team until the match.



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