Daly Cherry-Evans in action.
Daly Cherry-Evans in action. Warren Lynam

CQ's Cherry-Evans likened to Andrew Johns by Matthew Johns

9.30am: CENTRAL Queensland's Daly Cherry-Evans looks set to secure a place in Australian coach Tim Sheen's 17 for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup quarter-final clash against the USA.

Cherry-Evans, who hails from Mackay, was named in Sheens' 20-man squad today after impressing during two of Australia's group matches.

Despite playing in all three group matches, Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah has missed out on selection in the squad, along with outside backs Josh Morris and Michael Jennings.

Farah's omission almost certainly guarantees Cherry-Evans a bench spot against the Tomahawks.

A win over the USA would see Australia meet Samoa or Fiji in the semi-final.

Australia's 20-man squad:
Cameron Smith (capt), Paul Gallen (vc), Greg Bird, Darius Boyd, Daly Cherry-Evans, Boyd Cordner, Cooper Cronk, Andrew Fifita, Jarryd Hayne, Greg Inglis, Brett Morris, Nate Myles, Josh Papalii, Corey Parker, Matthew Scott, Billy Slater, James Tamou, Brent Tate, Sam Thaiday, Johnathan Thurston.
 

6am: CENTRAL Queenslander Daly Cherry-Evans has been likened to rugby league great Andrew Johns by someone who knows the Immortal better than most.

Former Australian five-eighth Matthew Johns, who partnered his brother Andrew in the green and gold of Australia during the 1999 Tri-Nations series, says rugby league's eighth Immortal had rubbed off on 24-year-old Cherry-Evans.

When former Australian five-eighth and Newcastle Knights NRL premiership winner Matthew Johns watches Central Queensland product Daly Cherry-Evans play, he sees none other than his brother and rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns.

"Andrew does a lot of one-on-one coaching with him and I said to Joey leading into the grand final that of all the blokes he's worked with he's had the best results with Daly," Johns said of Cherry-Evans, whose uncle and grandparents live on the Capricorn Coast.

"When I see Daly play I see Joey, a lot of things about him remind me of Joey.

Rugby league personality and former Newcastle Knights star Matthew Johns calls the action during the XXXX GOLD five-a-side Ashes beach cricket match on XXXX Island.
Rugby league personality and former Newcastle Knights star Matthew Johns calls the action during the XXXX GOLD five-a-side Ashes beach cricket match on XXXX Island. Orin Lucke

 

"The way he holds himself, his running game. Andrew has had a real effect on his game and Daly has the build and strength to play the way Joey did so he's got a massive future ahead of him."

Johns had nothing but praise for Manly Sea Eagles halfback Cherry-Evans, who has been instrumental in the Sea Eagles' charge towards consecutive NRL grand finals.

"He's had an unbelievable couple of years. I remember when Hodkinson left they weren't sure about who was going to be the halfback, is it Cherry Evans or is it Liam Foran?" Johns said. "They were belly-aching on who to put in and they gave him (Cherry-Evans) a shot.

"Now look at him. He's been in two grand finals, he's won one; he's played State of Origin, now he's played for Australia. That's as good a first couple of years as anyone has ever had in the game. And, he's a quality bloke too."

Given his man of the match performance in Australia's 50-0 win over Ireland, Johns said Australia coach Tim Sheens had to give Cherry-Evans the nod over Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah in the Aussies' quarter-final match against USA on Sunday.

"I reckon he has to go with Daly Cherry-Evans," Johns said. "He can just cover more positions so he's got the nod for me. "And nothing against Robbie, but you want Cameron Smith out there for the full 80 minutes if he can (and) he can do it."



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