By AARON KELLY email@example.com
ROCKHAMPTON'S Tyron Haynes capped off a remarkable injury comeback to gain selection in the Queensland under-19 rugby league team yesterday.
Haynes, 18, will start at lock for the Queensland side against New South Wales in the curtain-raiser to this year's State of Origin series opener at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday week.
The Rockhampton Brothers player made an irrepressible claim for a Queensland jersey in Saturday's televised selection trial at Brisbane's Langlands Park.
Haynes was simply outstanding in bringing the Queensland Northern Conference back to life, making inroads with his running and hitting hard in defence, in the 32-all draw with Southern.
The hard-running forward was caught off guard by yesterday's announcement and is now preparing for the biggest game of his career.
"It's unbelievable ... it still hasn't sunk in yet,'' Haynes said.
Haynes, who will represent Queensland for the first time at junior level, said the injury setbacks of the past three seasons inspired him to "never give up''.
The QR Comets Development Squad captain has broken his leg and his wrist twice in three years.
"This makes all the hard work coming back worth while,'' Haynes said.
"I didn't know what to expect, but I'll just keep doing the simple things right.''
Haynes joins a host of NRL talent in the Queensland squad, including Broncos whiz-kid Berrick Barnes, Melbourne tryscoring sensation Greg Inglis and Canberra young gun William Zillman.
Haynes said he was particularly looking forward to playing alongside Barnes, who made his NRL debut just two weeks ago.
"That's going to be really good running off him,'' Haynes said.