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Lutu ‘enjoying the experience’ ahead of NSW Under-19 debut

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Young Wests Tigers star Losana Lutu soaks up the experience of her first NSW camp as she prepares to don the No.6 jersey in the Home State Women’s Under-19s on Thursday night .

And it’s all the more special for the Wests junior as she will take the pitch at the Tigers’ spiritual home of Leichhardt Oval to kick off an outstanding representative round.

“It’s a bit nerve wracking (representing NSW for the first time), I’m still very young but just enjoying the experience I can have with these other girls,” Lutu told nswrl.com.au.

“I tried to learn a lot at Tigers, especially from my coach (Letitia Taylor and now NRL caretaker coach Brett Kimmorley), and I took the feedback into NSW.”

It has been a big year for Lutu’s development, but a welcome challenge, with the rising star advancing from the Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup to the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership at open age level. She also represented NSW City Under-19s in the National Women’s Championship less than a fortnight ago.

“Like I said before, I’m still quite young and trying to learn a lot, but having this side representing things really pushes me to my limits a bit,” she added.

“It really challenges me, so I’m enjoying all this experience with the band.”

Having also held several positions at club level in 2022, including outside backs, halves and dummy half, her favorite role to play will be showcased on Thursday when she joins forces with Indigenous Academy Sydney Roosters and halfback -NSW fullback Tayla Montgomery.

“I moved around a lot, I played hooker, running back, but five-eights is probably my favorite because one can play a little more looking up,” Lutu said.

Lutu’s versatility reiterates just how dynamic the 18-year-old can be when on offense; she not only plays with a run-first mentality, but possesses a deadly sidestep to boot.

She will join an NSW side looking to go unbeaten in the Under 19s Women’s Origin game since its inception in 2019 and she looks destined for bigger things with Wests Tigers getting an NRLW license for 2023.

“Honestly, it’s so exciting (to have an NRLW team),” Lutu said.

“I think it’s going to be really exciting, especially for the younger girls, and it’s going to help them be more motivated to keep going and keep pushing for this NRLW time.

“It’s exciting and I’m excited too.”