Tyrone Munro, a relatively unknown player, showed up to an open trial for the Souths Harold Matthews team at the end of 2020. While most of the other kids trying out were already familiar with the Souths system, Munro stood out with his impressive speed. There were even rumors that he had arrived at the trial without boots, although the club officials quickly dismissed these claims.
Fast forward less than three years and Munro, at just 18 years old, is preparing to make his debut for Souths at Mt Smart Stadium on Friday. Due to Isaiah Tass‘s late withdrawal, Munro is expected to take his place on the wing. This is quite a meteoric rise for Munro, who started the season in the Under-19s SG Ball competition, but suffered a broken collarbone after a few games. He then returned to play in the Jersey Flegg competition for the Under-21s before being promoted to NSW Cup. Now, he is set to be unleashed in the NRL.
Munro, who captained the NSW Combined High Schools team last year and is cousin to Josh Addo-Carr, has received high praise from Souths legend John Sutton, who coached him in SG Ball. Sutton believes Munro will excel on the big stage, describing him as “really fast” and “great with his hands.” Sutton also commended Munro’s work ethic and resilience, considering his rapid rise through the ranks.
Good judges had already foreseen Munro’s NRL debut last summer when he joined the Souths full-time squad. Known as the fastest player in the club, Munro has developed strong relationships with senior Indigenous stars Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker.
In preparation for their match against the Warriors, coach Jason Demetriou has prioritised defensive improvements for his team. Souths have conceded at least 28 points in their past five outings, and they will need to address this weakness if they hope to secure a victory. The Warriors, who will be playing in front of a sold-out stadium, have shown no issues in scoring points, particularly with winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak‘s outstanding performance last weekend, where he scored four tries alone against St George Illawarra.