NSW back-rower, Hudson Young, has expressed his sorrow over the Hunter Valley bus tragedy as he prepares for his second State of Origin match. The accident, which killed 10 people and injured more than a dozen others, happened in Greta, where Young grew up before joining the NRL‘s Canberra Raiders. Young has been named to play for NSW in game two against Queensland at Suncorp Stadium. Speaking to Nine News, Young said his heart is heavy for the families of the victims.
Young played junior football for the Greta Branxton Colts. Only last week, as he commemorated his Origin debut on Instagram, he wrote, “just a kid from Greta.” The bus driver has been charged with serious driving offences following the accident. In court, it was revealed the driver told passengers to “fasten your seatbelts” seconds before the bus rolled over.
Young has been named to start alongside the Newcastle Knights‘ Tyson Frizell in the second row. Cameron Murray, who is struggling with a groin injury, and Liam Martin, who is recovering from concussion, have been named on the bench. Frizell is the only remaining member of the Blues team that won game one of the series in 2017, the only other time NSW has won at Suncorp Stadium since 2021.
Frizell admitted it was tough to win at Suncorp Stadium but said playing in tough arenas is what you want as a player. He said it’s exciting to prepare for such a game in a stadium that’s known as a tough opponent.