Pauli scores sky blue jersey with under-20s

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 13:  Kaysa Pritchard of the Eels is tackled during the round 18 NRL match between Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at Parramatta Stadium on July 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) Kaysa pritchard, NRL 2013 . Picture: Getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 13: Kaysa Pritchard of the Eels is tackled during the round 18 NRL match between Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at Parramatta Stadium on July 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) Kaysa pritchard, NRL 2013 . Picture: Getty Images

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 26:  Pauli Pauli of the Eels looks to get past Ray Thompson of the Cowboys during the round 8 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Parramatta Eels at 1300SMILES Stadium on April 26, 2014 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images) pauli pauli, NRL round 8 2014. Picture: Getty Images

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 26: Pauli Pauli of the Eels looks to get past Ray Thompson of the Cowboys during the round 8 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Parramatta Eels at 1300SMILES Stadium on April 26, 2014 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images) pauli pauli, NRL round 8 2014. Picture: Getty Images

Five games into his NRL career, Pauli Pauli has secured a sky blue jersey.

The damaging forward capped off a magical week where he scored his first NRL try with selection in the NSW under-20s team.

Pauli will be joined by Eels Holden Cup stars Kaysa Pritchard and Ryan Matterson in the NSW team.

Another member of the second-placed under-20s team John Folau will line up for Queensland.

"I never thought I would be here — it is a dream come to represent NSW, my family and my country," he said.

"It's good to play with a couple of the Parra boys and we have a good combination and makes me more comfortable."

Pauli, who made the NSW under-18s team, was told he was in the NSW team after Saturday night's game against the Cowboys where he scored his first try in the top grade in the 33rd minute.

"I couldn't wipe the smile of my face. I never thought I'd make the team," he said.

"I'm excited to play and hopefully get a win over Queensland."

For Pritchard, the younger brother of Bulldogs star Frank, it will be the first time he pulls on the famed sky blue jersey of NSW.

It will also make a goal he set at the start of the year.

"It's been a goal of mine ever since I saw the game from the sidelines last year and it is good to be part of it now. It's going to be a tough game but I'm looking forward to it," said Pritchard, who played five games in the NRL last year.

"I can't wait to get out there and pull on the blues jersey and test myself in that arena."

Under-20s State of Origin, Saturday, May 3, Sportingbet Stadium, 5.30pm.

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