The 22-year-old, ranked 15 in the world, is still coming to terms with the September announcement.
The hosts haven’t been a force on the region’s rugby union scene during the past few seasons but there’s some optimism they can fare well in their annual tournament.
The 25-year-old is set to lead the Sunshine Coast contingent in the 110m dash at Girraween Sports Complex, where a host of contenders from around the country will vie for the $7500 prize purse.
The 23-year-old has linked with the traditional state league heavyweights during the off-season and is training with their NRL affiliate the Brisbane Broncos.
Lleyton Chick will become the second youngest player to don a Scorchers cap this weekend.
The 25-year-old carved out a better-than-expected eighth placing in the gruelling Coolangatta Gold last month before snaring seventh spot in the M-Shaped Enduro at Burleigh Heads on Sunday.
The 20-year-old from Buderim claimed the title at the season-ending round at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia during the weekend.
A perennial force in Queensland’s second flight during the past decade, the Roos are determined to mix it with the top teams.
The 26-year-old has taken to the sport with ease, surprising experienced trainers at the centre and she’s in line for her first fight at the Clash At Caloundra in March.
The youngster staved off the likes of Coolum duo Summer Gauld and Ellia Smith and Tweed Heads’ Phoebe Kane.