Why this trial is so important for Fa'asuamaleaui
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gympie's Tino Fa'asuamaleaui will feature in the Melbourne Storm's trial game in Mackay and is eager for a second-rower jersey.
A stand out game tomorrow will place the 197cm 18-year-old powerhouse firmly in Storm coach Craig Bellamy's sights.
"This is probably the youngest group we've ever had, or certainly the youngest group I've ever seen,” Bellamy said.
"We had some young guys from outside our 17 last year, some on the edge that probably played a couple of games, they'll certainly get an opportunity but there's a few new guys that haven't played first grade that will get some opportunities and we'll see how they handle it,” he said.
Storm second-rower Felise Kaufusi said Fa'asuamaleaui had a similar presence to Melbourne's giant rampaging prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
"Big Nelson was huge but Tino isn't far off and he's one of the guys I will look out for coming for my spot,” Kaufusi said on Tuesday. "He's got everything - he's fast, powerful and strong in the gym so he's keeping me on my toes.”
Cowboys v Storm at BB Print Stadium, Mackay tomorrow at 7pm.