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Yow Yeh wowed by Test selection

Wayne Heming 01/05/2011 07:26:43 PM Comments (0)

He's known for his speed but Brisbane winger Jharal Yow Yeh took time to grasp his bolter selection for Australia in Friday's rugby league Test against New Zealand.

Test football hadn't crossed the 21-year-old's mind. He only considered himself an outside chance of being picked to play Origin for Queensland later this month.

When his NRL coach Anthony Griffin telephoned him to break the news on Sunday, Yow Yeh was stunned.

"Hook (Griffin) rang me and I was speechless," said Yow Yeh.

"He (Griffin) just threw it straight on me. I was completely shocked.

"He just said you have made the team, and I thought, `what team?' ... I just couldn't believe it.

"I'm very rapt and just can't wait to play on Friday night.

Griffith, who has guided Yow Yeh's express ride into a green and gold jumper, was thrilled.

"It's great for him. You see him come to the club as a skinny 18-year-old almost four years ago and handle every challenge he's been given," said Griffin.

Having last week expressed some reservations about Yow Yeh's readiness for a leap to representative football, Griffin had no doubt he would handle the biggest moment of his blossoming career and believed he'd benefit from playing outside Broncos teammates Darren Lockyer and Justin Hodges.

"If now is his time, then now is his time," Griffin told AAP.

"You don't get in there if you don't deserve it.

"Having Hodgo (Justin Hodges) and Locky (Darren Lockyer) on that side will only help him and I'm sure he's going to do the job.

"He's got a great attitude, he loves his training, he's low maintenance.

"He deserves the credit for getting himself to this point in such a short time in his career."

Yow Yeh has made sacrifices in his bid to play representative football, including imposing alcohol and nightclub bans for the season.

He's already had a taste of big time football playing in the past two NRL All Star clashes.

"He handles pressure well and particularly in the frame of mind he's in now," said Griffin.

"He's got a real determination and a great belief in himself.

"I've seen a really good change in him over the last six or eight weeks and he's in a really good place at the moment."

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