Reps inspire young players


It's not uncommon for fans to grumble around this time of year.

Representative footy takes some of our best players out of NRL matches, putting even more pressure on the rest of the team to muster wins with an under-strength side.

But loaning out Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods to the NSW Origin side can actually be a motivating factor for their teammates to up the ante and make a case for a rep spot of their own.

"I come back from being in the rep sides and the young guys ask me a lot of questions and I know they want to be there, too," Woods said.

"If I can help them out with what I think they can do better and where I have been told I need to fix my game, it will always go a long way to helping them. I think it's a driving factor and motivates everybody.

"They're playing with an Origin player or an Australian player, they don't want to let anybody down because one day they might be there [in rep sides].

"I think a lot of our young guys have a big, bright future."

Farah sees his selection in rep footy as even more motivation to be a good example to his teammates.

"I think the onus is on guys like myself and Woodsy when we come back from those camps to play like rep players and train like rep players," he said.

"The boys will look up to that, and they feed off that, so there's no doubt that they'd be happy and proud of us when we make those teams and have success at that level.

"Hopefully that spurs them on to achieve the same thing in their career."

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