Cowra's Murray and Haeata earn Harold Matthews squad nod

The Cowra Junior Magpies' Leroy Murray has the Canberra Raiders' extended squad for the 2020 Harold Matthews Cup. Photo: Ben Rodin

The Cowra Junior Magpies' Leroy Murray has the Canberra Raiders' extended squad for the 2020 Harold Matthews Cup. Photo: Ben Rodin

Cowra's Jacob Haeata and Leroy Murray have added another achievement to their CVs after strong sporting results in 2019, making the extended squad for the Canberra Raiders' Harold Matthews Cup team.

An under 16s competition run by the NSWRL to help showcase emerging junior talent, the Harold Matthews Cup brings some of the best young squad members from the NRL and NSWRL teams and pits them against each other in a competition format.

Jacob Haeata, player of the match at the Junior Group 10 grand final, has also been earned selection in the extended squad. Photo: Ben Rodin

Jacob Haeata, player of the match at the Junior Group 10 grand final, has also been earned selection in the extended squad. Photo: Ben Rodin

Both Haeata and Murray played crucial roles in the Cowra Magpies' under 15s team's second consecutive premiership at Jack Arrow Oval earlier in the year.

Haeata was named player of the match for his efforts on the day, while Murray skippered the side and scored in the come-from-behind victory against the Bathurst Panthers team.

The Raiders' squad numbers will continue to be whittled down ahead of the 2020 commencement date.

This year's Harold Matthews Cup was won by the Newcastle Knights.

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