Youngster gets late U18 call-up
A LATE call-up means Rian Diffey will join fellow Ipswich product Tautau Moga in the centres for the Queensland under-18 team's clash against NSW U18s tonight.
Former St Edmund's High School Student, Goodna Rugby League Club junior and Ipswich under-18 representative Diffey (pictured) made his debut for the Brisbane Broncos National Youth Competition (under-20) team on the weekend, having spent most of the season playing for Wynnum-Manly Colts.
Diffey only joined his new Queensland teammates on Monday, as a replacement for the injured Jerome Leedy, so it is a big ask to front up against NSW in a the State of Origin curtain-raiser at ANZ Stadium.
However, Broncos under-20s coach Kurt Richards is confident he will handle the step up.
“He was good,” Richards said of Diffey's weekend cameo in the 34-all draw with the Canberra Raiders under-20s.
“He put his hand up to get involved and went looking for it.
“He didn't look out of place.
“He's very confident and has shown he's up to it.”
Diffey represented Queensland under-16s two years ago and his performance then didn't go unnoticed.
“He was one of the better players on the park,” Richards said.
His late call up to the Queensland under-18s was a good lesson for any young player who thinks he isn't progressing quickly enough.
“This is a good reward,” Richards said.
“He's been working hard all year and waited for his opportunity and now he's got it.”
Diffey celebrates his 18th birthday in a fortnight and Richards believes his potential is virtually unlimited.
“He's still got another two years in the under-20s,” his Broncos coach said.
“I'm looking forward to seeing how he develops.
“He's got a good attitude and wants to learn.
“He's big, athletic, a hard runner of the footy.
“He doesn't need to over complicate things.”