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18 STARS OF 2018 | Blake Lawrie

To whet the appetite ahead of the 2018 Rugby League season, looks at some of the up-and-coming male and female stars who will hope to represent NSW. Today, we look at a young prop who has already burst onto the NRL scene.

With a nickname like “Blocker,” there’s a lot to live up to – especially when you’re a prop trying to make it in the NRL.

That’s the situation for Dragons young gun Blake Lawrie, who has already shown his worth in his six games at the top level. The Dapto Canaries junior had turned plenty of heads in progressing through the Illawarra Steelers’ and Dragons’ junior representative ranks, representing NSW at Under-18s level before playing for the victorious NSW Under-20s in 2017.

A Junior Kangaroos selection soon followed, and in the same week he was offered a two-year contract extension for his home NRL club. Then came the debut; in Round 17, Blake Lawrie achieved his dream of playing in the top grade.

About to celebrate his 21st birthday, the future is bright for Lawrie, who will have a strong Dragons forward pack to guide him in 2018. With a third NRL pre-season under his belt, more first grade games are sure to follow for the powerful front-rower.