When Ryan Booth will play his first NRL game, this is the story of his journey from being born to playing for the Queensland Reds
Ryan Booth is one of many young players from the state’s rugby league academy who are now making their NRL debuts.
The 20-year-old has been a Queensland Reds academy member since he was seven years old.
He is now the first Indigenous player to make his NRL debut.
Booth, who has grown up in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, will make his first game for the Reds against North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
He will join fellow players like Jack Bird, Ryan Hoffman, Cameron Smith and Matt Gillett.
Bureau of Rugby League president Todd Greenberg says Booth will be a big boost for the development of the sport in Queensland.
“We’ve got a number of Indigenous players coming through who are really good and they are all going to contribute to the development and growth of the game in Queensland,” Greenberg said.
“And Ryan is a young, exciting player who has got a lot of potential and he is really excited about coming into the team and doing his first senior game.”
Younger players to play NRL for first timeIn the past, the first-year Queensland Reds players have not been allowed to play until they turn 19.
Bondi Makhawati has been the youngest player to play for the club since she was 18 years old, but she has not been the first to play in the NRL.
Rabbitohs star Kade Snowden, who was born in the country, was the first.
He was one of nine first-time players to make their debut for the Rabbitohs in 2018.
Snowden was a key player in the RabbitoolTeams NSW Cup win, winning two games in the tournament and earning her first NRL start in Round 21.
The Rabbitoh side that reached the semi-finals in the 2018 NRL Women’s Super League finals was also led by Snowden, with two other players, Sydney Roosters and Queensland Reds, making their debuts in 2018 as well.
Bollinger says it is a privilege to play on such a prestigious club and said the club had a good history with Indigenous players.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.
So I think it’s great for the young players that have already been in the program to get a taste of the club and get a bit of exposure to the club.””
And for us, it’s always been an honour to be involved with the Indigenous communities.”
So I think it’s great for the young players that have already been in the program to get a taste of the club and get a bit of exposure to the club.