NRL grand final 2020: Ryan Papenhuyzen, NSW Blues squad, Cameron Smith, Storm vs Panthers, State of Origin

It’s fair to say Sunday was probably one of the biggest days in Ryan Papenhuyzen’s life so far.

The 22-year-old won his first NRL grand final, was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for a man-of-the-match performance, and then found out he’s been selected in the NSW State of Origin squad for the first time.

And no one seemed happier for the young fullback than Melbourne captain Cameron Smith.

Smith didn’t know about Papenhuyzen’s Blues selection until halfway through the Storm’s winning press conference inside ANZ Stadium.

Grand Final

Both players joined coach Craig Bellamy to speak to the media throng and it was 14 minutes into the press conference when one journalist asked Bellamy about the number of Melbourne players chosen in Origin squads for next month’s series.

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