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Canberra Raiders five-eighth Lachlan Lewis picked for Queensland State of Origin under-18s

Lachlan Lewis shares more with his uncle Wally than just his famous name; the Canberra Raiders under-20s five-eighth also hates losing to NSW.

Lewis will play for the Queensland under-18s in the State of Origin curtain raiser at ANZ Stadium on June 18, where he could find himself up against Raiders under-20s teammate and halves partner Lachlan Croker.

While the Lewis name is synonymous with Origin, with King Wally playing for Queensland 31 times, there were no special favours given to Lachlan - the 17-year-old finding out through a friend on Facebook he'd been picked.

The comparisons are inevitable - they play the same position as well - but it's something Lewis has learnt to live with as he worked his way up through the grades.

But the young Lewis wants to make his own name in the game.

He'll go into Queensland camp next Friday and look to get his second win over NSW, having played against a NSW country side two years ago.


"During the game I'll just be having fun and be a bit of a diehard Queenslander I guess. I hate NSW and losing to them," Lewis said.

"You could say that [I share Wally's feelings for NSW], it runs in the blood a bit ... I didn't like the result of the first-grade boys last week, so I guess I've got to make up for it."

Having come through the Souths Logan system in Queensland, Lewis is now studying engineering at the Australian National University in Canberra as well as playing for the Raiders under-20s.

Initially, he played in the under-18 SG Ball competition, although he missed most of it due to an ankle injury.

Once it was over, he switched seamlessly into the National Youth Competition and has played the past three games in the under-20s.

Now he'll team up with some old Souths Logan teammates with the Maroons.

Lewis is hoping his ANU lecturers will allow him to reschedule a few upcoming exams that clash with his time away for Origin.

"[I'm] stoked. I found out through Facebook last night, would you believe," he said.

"One of my friends posted it on their wall and tagged me in it and said congratulations.

"So I thought I'd better check this and rang up dad and said, 'Can you go look on the [Queensland Rugby League] website?'

"He rang me back and said, 'Yeah, you're named, congratulations'. It was a real shock to me."

QUEENSLAND UNDER-18s: 1. Jayden Nikorima, 2 .Riva-Weiss Pati, 3. Elijah Alick, 4. Junior Taefu, 5. Gideon Mosby-Gela, 6. Lachlan Lewis, 7. Cooper Bambling, 8. Lindsay Collins, 10. George Fai, 11. Regan Grieve, 12. Coen Hess, 13. Kieran Duffin, 14. Ross Bella, 15. Samuelu Lavea, 16. Charlie Galo, 17. Keegan Hipgrave, 18. Joseph Burchell.