Ex-Manchester United youngster to make NRL debut

English teenager Herbie Farnworth will make his NRL debut for Brisbane Broncos on Sunday live on Watch NRL.

The 19-year-old will line up on the wing for the Broncos at Shark Park after an incredible journey to the top.

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Farnworth was on the books at Manchester United when he was younger and is the nephew of legendary Wigan talent identifier and development coach Brian Foley.

From isolated village Blacko in Lancashire, he received expert one-on-one training from his uncle and put his footballing talents to one side to focus on rugby league.

After spells with Wigan St Pats and Newton Storm, Farnworth moved to Australia aged 14 and signed for Gold Coast outfit Burleigh Bears.

After winning the Gold Coast Premiership at under 17s level, he caught the eye of Brisbane’s talent scouts and signed a rookie contract with the club.

The goal-kicking speedster has notched up 134 points in 11 games (12 tries and 43 goals) for Norths Devils in the Intrust Super Cup this season.

And with several of the Broncos first-graders away on Origin duty, Farnworth will make his NRL debut against Cronulla this weekend.

He will be one of three debutantes for Anthony Seibold’s side, alongside fellow winger Xavier Coates and prop Rhys Kennedy.

You can watch Cronulla Sharks vs Brisbane Broncos this Sunday morning live on Watch NRL.

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