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Former Australian Schoolboy five-eighth James Aubusson, who has been signed by Melbourne Storm from the Sydney Roosters as cover for Cooper Cronk, has been named in the Junior Kangaroos train-on squad.
The Junior Kangaroos are due to play matches against Papua New Guinea in Darwin on Saturday, October 8th, and against New Zealand A at Telstra Stadium on Saturday, October 15th.
Aubusson will join Storm sensation Greg Inglis in the squad, with both players a strong chance of being named in the starting 13.
Melbourne Storm football operations manager Peter O'Sullivan is not surprised Aubusson has been selected for the Junior Kangaroos.
"He is an incredibly tenacious character," O'Sullivan said.
"He has a great deal of self belief to the fact he will become an NRL player.
"These players selected for the Junior Kangaroos are consistent high performers in the NRL when they break into first-grade."
Given the departure of Matt Orford to Manly next season, O'Sullivan needed to find a quality half-back to give back up Cronk, Orford's replacement.
"Coming through the juniors he had the best tackling technique I have ever seen. He is a highly skilled kicking, running and passing player with a work ethic second to none," O'Sullivan said.
"He will be a huge success given time to develop at the highest level."
For further information contact the Melbourne Storm: 03 8412 4900 or Chris Couch: 0407 154 836