Two Blues juniors play Origin tonight

Blues brothers: Tony Williams (back row, fourth from left), Jarryd Hayne (back row, second from right) and Trent Hodkinson (front row, third from left) in their Westfields Sports High School days 10 years ago.

Blues brothers: Tony Williams (back row, fourth from left), Jarryd Hayne (back row, second from right) and Trent Hodkinson (front row, third from left) in their Westfields Sports High School days 10 years ago.

NSW Origin coach Laurie Daley could do worse than take a leaf out of Glenn Hamilton's coaching manual.

Hamilton was the first person to realise what most people take for granted today: the more ball Jarryd Hayne gets, the better.

So what did he do? He played Hayne at lock.

The year was 2003 and Hamilton was the coach of Cabramatta's under-15s team that included NSW Origin trio Hayne, Tony Williams and Trent Hodkinson.

"I played him at lock. I knew that he would get his hands on the ball more at lock," Hamilton said.

"But I told him if we made the grand final I would move him back to fullback.

"He ended up scoring four tries in the grand final against a very good Guildford team that was captained by Tim Mannah."

Hayne, Williams and Hodkinson reunite tonight in the sky blue to try to emulate the success they had playing for the Two Blues of Cabramatta.

The team won the title in the under-13s and 15s. They were also grand finalists in the under-12s and 14s.

The trio not only played club footy together; they also played school footy together at Westfields Sports High School and had their junior representative careers with the Eels.

Hayne (Eels), Hodkinson and Williams (Bulldogs) might play on different NRL teams but their friendship is as strong as it was when they caught trains across the south-west from home to school to training.

It's a bond that Hamilton saw back when he was coaching the trio.

"They were just great kids with a great attitude and I felt privileged to be involved with that team," said Hamilton, who is a now a primary school teacher and manager of the Mounties Ron Massey Cup team.

"They were very respectful and had a good network around them.

"All the success is down to their hard work.

"It's great to say three players from one team make NSW; I don't think it has ever been done."

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