Blues Hopefuls Earn 'Tingha's' Praise
They're the would-be Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues left-edge duo ready to cause the Maroons a world of pain.
And in Round 10 of the NRL, two of the NRL's most gifted young athletes Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr will play with an added motivation.
They'll play for their people.
Proud Aboriginals, the NRL's annual Indigenous Round is a chance for both Mitchell and Addo-Carr to consolidate themselves in NSW's Origin calculations – as if they haven't already.
Starring throughout the 2018 season, the pair have captured the imagination of even one of the most athletic, skilful Indigenous players to forge an NRL career.
Former St. George Illawarra Dragons' speedster Nathan Blacklock pays his credit to the rising duo, heralding their successes this season, with sky blue jerseys well and truly in sight for the pair.
"You look at their backgrounds and to what they dealt with as kids, to see them where they are now, to have these guys in the conversation for an Origin jersey ... it's such a success story already," Blacklock tells NSWRL.com.au.
"To see them happy, smiling, and going out there and enjoying playing their football, you've got to hand it to them.
"They've put all that negative history aside, what they grew up with ... they're using that as fuel to motivate them to go forward. They're only going to get better and better.
"Freddy's [Brad Fittler] open to the way they play as well. I think you'll see a lot of changes with Freddy, he's open to (selecting) guys who are in form and playing well. Good performances in the NRL, they'll carry that into Origin."
Arguably the NRL's form winger, scoring nine tries in his past four NRL matches, 'Foxx' continues to push his Origin claims.
Not since the 'Tingha Tornado' graced the Origin arena himself have some seen the raw talent that 22-year-old possesses.
"It's his ability to have that unpredictability about him, that's what makes him so special," Blacklock says of the Melbourne Storm flyer.
"It could just be as something as simple as a dummy-half run, but he can score a try from anywhere. He also has a great ability to stop tries as well.
"That's what you need in Origin, an ability to do both of those things, and to do both well. The way Freddy would play him, I think it would suit his game well."