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State Of Origin New South Wales host Queensland in the first State of Origin encounter for 2015. The Maroons are no doubt chippy after last year’s defeat and go into the series – and opening encounter – favourites. The Blues have again chopped and changed and despite home field advantage are friendless in betting. These two have staged some epics recently though and another would not surprise as Australian sport’s greatest rivalry rolls on.

New South Wales have made a host of changes from last year’s series, most notably recalling Mitchell Pearce. Pearce replaces the dumped Josh Reynolds. Josh Dugan has been named at fullback to replace the NFL-bound Jarryd Hayne with Michael Jennings returning to the centres to take Dugan’s position. Daniel Tupou returns for James McManus, who replaced the injured Tupou in the dead rubber last year. Paul Gallen is out hurt leaving Robbie Farah in charge. Josh Jackson and David Klemmer have been named to debut for the Blues with veteran Luke Lewis dumped.

Queensland have again been extremely stable with their selections. Darius Boyd has overcome injury and will start on the wing. Michael Morgan comes onto the bench for his debut in place of the injured Daly Cherry-Evans while Josh McGuire will also debut off the bench, holding off challenges from Chris McQueen and Josh Papalii. Dylan Napa is 18th man.

Queensland have won 18 series to 12 and lead the all-time matchup 54-46 with two draws. The Maroons have scored 22 more tries than New South Wales and have dominated the last decade with eight series wins in the last nine series and a 19-11 win-loss record. The Blues have won the last two series openers after dropping the four prior to that. New South Wales have dominated at ANZ Stadium, winning 15 of the 22 matches played there. The Blues have won four of the last five at the venue. Three of the last four Origins have been decided by less than a converted try while the last series opener decided by more than 10 points was in 2003. Eleven Maroons players have played more than 10 Origin matches compared to just four from the Blues.

New South Wales enter this series as defending champions and certainly outplayed Queensland in the opening two games of the series last year but still managed just 18 points across those two encounters. The Maroons team certainly has players with better club form with 13 of the 17 coming from Top 4 teams. A further three come from teams inside the eight. That compares with NSW who have just three players from a Top 4 team and seven from the Top 8. Five players come from the bottom three teams. New South Wales do have five players in the top 18 of the Dally M Medal count though, including leader Aaron Woods, while the Maroons have just two.

Origin is typically determined by the halves and once again it looks set to be the case in the Origin opener of 2015. The Blues’ best and only real hope is to throw champion Queensland pair Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk off their game and hope Trent Hodkinson can repeat last year’s heroics and Mitchell Pearce stays out of the way. The Blues managed to rattle the Maroons last year and it will be up to Beau Scott to again get physical with the Queensland No.6 while Josh Jackson will be charged with pressuring Cronk all night. If the Queensland halves can control the game, the match is as good as over. The Blues pairing are rarely anything but plodders but if they kick to space and don’t make any errors, New South Wales are a hope. That will mean Pearce doing something he has not achieved in 12 Origins and Hodkinson totally turning his 2015 form around.

Mitchell Pearce has won just three of 12 Origins he has appeared in and has never started a single game at five-eighth. None of the last five Origins at ANZ has topped 28 points with an average total of 21.2 points. Nine of the last 11 ‘live’ games have tallied 32 points or fewer. Only two NSW players have reached three Origin tries – centres Michael Jennings and Josh Morris. Greg Inglis and Darius Boyd are tied for Origin’s most tries with 15 apiece. No Blues forward has scored a try since the final game of the 2011 series.

This is chips in Queensland and chips in under and for good measure hit the double. The Wolf is declaring the Maroons, launching in with five-chip confidence. All-in punters, all-in. Queensland have all the class, they win all the matchups across the park with the exception of the bench and they will be playing with a chip on their shoulder after last year’s loss. The Maroons are an aging side but they know they have at least one last stand in them. And it will be this year. A Blues side with Mitchell Pearce playing and playing out of position is virtually no chance. His selection is the definition of insanity. The Blues have few points in them and were selected to shut down Queensland rather than compete with them. Queensland have too much speed, too much class and are in much better form. Hit the Maroons hard. They will win a low scoring affair and lockdown the series very early on.

Players List:

New South Wales Blues: Josh Dugan, Daniel Tupou, Josh Morris, Michael Jennings, Will Hopoate, Mitchell Pearce, Trent Hodkinson, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (c), James Tamou, Beau Scott, Ryan Hoffman, Josh Jackson.

Interchange: Trent Merrin, Boyd Cordner, David Klemmer, Andrew Fifita. 18th man: Tyson Frizell. 19th man: Ryan James. 20th man: Matt Moylan.

Queensland Maroons: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Will Chambers, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (c), Nate Myles, Aidan Guerra, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker.

Interchange: Michael Morgan, Josh McGuire, Matt Gillett, Jacob Lillyman. 18th man: Dylan Napa. 19th man: Dane Gagai.

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Queensland heads into the State of Origin opener utterly outsized by New South Wales, but captain Cameron Smith is not worried.

This year is not the first time the Maroons have lacked size compared to their opponents.

The departure of bookend big man Petero Civoniceva in 2012 – and Steve Price before him in 2009 – erased the Maroons’ advantage in both size and skill up front.

While no one would ever call Matt Scott or Nate Myles small or anything less than two of the game’s best forwards, their size is not intimidating for the massive Blues.

“They’ve got a pretty big forward pack, but I think we’ve got the personnel there to match their forward pack,” Smith told reporters on Monday.

While it is true that the starting forwards should be able to at least break even – the Maroons actually hold a slight size advantage in that area – it is far from the issue for Queensland.

Things will get complicated once the big boppers make way for the bench players, where the numbers make for ugly reading for those north of the Tweed.

According to the weights listed by their respective clubs, the Blues bench outweighs the Maroons’ by 38 kilograms (443 kgs-405 kgs).

That is mostly thanks to David Klemmer (120 kg) and Andrew Fifita (116 kg), but the 105 kg Trent Merrin and 102 kg Boyd Cordner also stack up against even Queensland’s biggest bench player, Josh McGuire, weighing in at 107 kg.

Smith on Monday singled out the gargantuan Blues reserves, saying it was “a big ask” to stop them, but he also said he expects Queensland’s bench to step up.

“We play against these guys every week. You tackle big blokes every week,” he said.

Eighteenth man Dylan Napa would have given the Maroons 109 kilograms of extra grunt off the bench had he been called in to replace the injured Daly Cherry-Evans.

But Smith believes the Maroons can use their smaller, more mobile bench to their advantage.

“I think that’s why we’ve gone with Michael Morgan as an option on the bench rather than another big guy,” he said.

“We had a couple at our disposal; Dylan Napa’s been in camp with us all week and we had a couple of other options as well, but [using a smaller utility off the bench] worked for us in the past.”

The last time the Maroons had an entire team hailing from Queensland was way back in 1991. Back when a young bull named Mark Geyer was going to-to-toe with Maroons great Wally Lewis.

That’s in Queensland .

Of the 179 players to represent the Maroons, 32 weren’t born in Queensland — that’s nearly 18 per cent.

That’s in Queensland …

Nearly 10 per cent of players to represent Queensland were born in NSW.

That’s in Queensland …

Non-Queensland players have played a combined 246 games since 1980, 166 of those were players of NSW birth.

That’s in Queensland …

More than 17 per cent of the total amount of points for Queensland were scored by non-state players.

That’s in Queensland …

Since 1995, in 15 of the 20 series, more than 25 per cent of the Maroons side have not been Queenslanders.

This shows Queensland will do anything to win. They will beg, borrow and steal players from other states or nations to win State of Origin.

And even their deceit wasn’t enough to beat NSW last year.

Some players to represent Queensland wouldn’t even know where the state was. Finder.com.au has found a dramatic increase in the number of non-Queensland players representing the Maroons over the past 20 years.

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NSW skipper Robbie Farah has disagreed with his coach Laurie Daley, saying the Blues players don’t fear Queensland ahead of Wednesday night’s State of Origin opener in Sydney.

But Farah admits the Blues are wary of a Maroons outfit that had their record eight straight series winning streak snapped last year.

Asked if he agreed with Daley’s statement on Monday that NSW fear Queensland, Farah said: “Not fear. We respect them, we know what they are capable of.

“For us last year is gone now.

“They are a champion side and will want to bounce back.”

However Farah believed NSW had a distinct advantage hosting Origin I at what he hoped would be a sell-out ANZ Stadium.

“Game one is such an important game,” he said.

“To have it here, a place we love playing at, makes it very special for us and very difficult for Queensland.

“Hopefully by tomorrow it will be sold out and a very intimidating place.”

Statistics back Farah’s view.

In the 33 series since the three-game format’s introduction in 1982, the team that has won the first instalment has gone on to clinch the title 24 times.

NSW have won the first contest in 11 of their 13 series victories to date.

Farah claimed to be unaware of the problems which plagued Queensland’s Origin camp which lost Daly Cherry-Evans (shoulder) to injury and sweated on the fitness of Greg Inglis (tonsillitis), Billy Slater (shoulder) and Justin Hodges (foot).

However he was glowing about NSW’s “perfect” preparation, saying the Blues were buzzing thanks to their new faces.

The enthusiasm of debutant forwards David Klemmer and Josh Jackson has rubbed off on teammates while Andrew Fifita and Mitchell Pearce have been embraced upon their return.

“There is a lot of excitement,” he said.

“Even guys like Fifita who is back in this arena after a year off and Mitch Pearce (who also missed 2014), they’ve been great and are just looking forward to it.

“We have had everyone training since day one which I think is important.

“We are confident. We have ticked all the boxes.

“That’s one thing, now we have to get the job done.”

Asked if he agreed with Queensland skipper Cameron Smith that NSW were favourites, Farah said: “Ask the bookies, that’s not for me to worry about.”

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NSW Blues Captain Robbie Farah Say: While happy to have finally ended Queensland’s State of Origin dominance, newly-appointed NSW captain Robbie Farah says it’s now time to get on with the job.

Named captain in place of the injured Paul Gallen, Farah immediately noticed an excitement around the Blues building.

While the likes of Gallen, the suspended Greg Bird and the omitted duo of Anthony Watmough and Luke Lewis all missed out on selection – a total of 65 Origins worth of experience – Farah believes the 17 players named are ready to give their all for their state.

“Nobody gave us a chance last year and our belief in what we were doing got us over the line and it’ll be the same this year where we need to believe in what we are doing and believe in each other regardless of who’s there and who’s not there. We need to get on with the job,” Farah said on Tuesday.

“If anything, there has been a lot of build-up over the pressure of having to win a series which was probably hovering over us for a few years there but now it’s off us we’re really excited about building on what we did last year.

“We know we have to be better too, [Queensland are] a great side and they’ll be hurting with what happened last year so there’s no doubt they’ll come out at us hard.”

With Andrew Fifita and Mitchell Pearce returning to the team after a year’s absence, Josh Jackson and David Klemmer named to debut and barnstorming Dragons back-rower Tyson Frizell named at 18th man, Farah is excited by the numerous chances handed down by coach Laurie Daley.

“It presents a good opportunity for guys to come in and take New South Wales forward into the future – this team represents that,” Farah said.

“There’s some young guys getting their first taste of State of Origin and others who have come back in after some time off and they’ll be chomping at the bit to show they deserve to be here.”

While plenty of experience will be absent, an honoured Farah said he has plenty of veterans still around him to help and is hoping to draw from Gallen’s ways when the Sharks skipper enters camp with the team this week in Coffs Harbour.

“It’s a great honour to have the opportunity to captain this state again, a state which I love so much and a jersey which means so much to me is a privilege and I’d love to repay that faith from Laurie and the coaching staff for giving me the chance to lead the boys throughout the week into next Wednesday’s game,” Farah said.

“There are a lot of people missing but I still have a great leadership around me – guys like Ryan Hoffman, Beau Scott and Josh Morris. It is a great challenge but it’s one I’m very excited about and one I’m sure I’ll do well.

“I spoke to Gal last week when the news came out that he wasn’t going to be fit and I’m looking forward to having him up there with us. I’ll be sure to go to him for a bit of advice and guidance and anything I can get from him I’ll be looking to take on board.”

Source: http://www.nrl.com/captain-farah-ready-to-get-on-with-job/tabid/10874/newsid/86367/default.aspx

Cameron Smith Play QLD Mroons First State Of Origin Game 27 May

Queensland captain Cameron Smith will be clear to take his place in Mal Meninga’s side in the opening game of the 2015 Holden State of Origin series on May 27, with the Melbourne skipper cited for a grade one dangerous contact charge by the NRL match review committee.

With no carryover points or loading to be added, Smith took the early guilty plea and will escape suspension for the incident involving Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke.

Sharks forward Luke Lewis also narrowly avoided suspension with the early plea, after he was slapped with a grade one dangerous throw charge for his challenge on Titans second-rower Dave Taylor.

Knights skipper Kurt Gidley will be free to play in Round 11 as he accepted an early guilty plea for a carless high tackle on Wests Tigers centre Chris Lawrence, likewise young Tigers prop Matthew Lodge, who was also charged for a careless high tackle in the same game.


Source: http://www.nrl.com/smith-available-for-origin-i/tabid/10874/newsid/86330/default.aspx

Queensland Maroons Team Name For State Of Origin Game 1

Queensland Maroons State Of Origin Rugby legend Wally Lewis has given Michael Morgan his stamp of approval as the selection bolter capable of replacing injured utility Daly Cherry-Evans in Origin I.

Queensland Maroons Team Is:
1 Billy Slater, 2 Darius Boyd, 3 Greg Inglis, 4 Justin Hodges, 5 Will Chambers, 6 Johnathan Thurston, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Matt Scott, 9 Cameron Smith (c), 10 Nate Myles, 11 Aidan Guerra, 12 Sam Thaiday, 13 Corey Parker.

Reserve: 14 Daly Cherry-Evans 15 Josh McGuire 16 Matt Gillett 17 Jacob Lillyman 18 Dylan Napa


New South Wales Blues Team Name For State Of Origin Game 1

New South Wales Blues coach Laurie Daley has picked two debutants and handed Mitchell Pearce an opportunity for redemption as the Blues look to retain the State of Origin shield.

Daley announced the team on Tuesday, including the shock axing of veteran Luke Lewis. Canterbury duo Josh Jackson and David Klemmer are the Blues’ debutants in a squad which will be skippered by Robbie Farah in Paul Gallen’s absence.

NSW Blues Team is:
1 Josh Dugan, 2 Daniel Tupou, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Michael Jennings, 5 Will Hopoate, 6 Mitchell Pearce, 7 Trent Hodkinson, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Robbie Farah ©, 10 James Tamou, 11 Beau Scott, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Josh Jackson.

Reserve: 14 Trent Merrin, 15 Boyd Cordner, 16 David Klemmer, 17 Andrew Fifita.


New South Wales Blues State Of Origin 2015 Team Side

State of Origin just around the corner, we have put our heads together to devise the teams we would select for Holden State of Origin I at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday May 27. Here is our NSW Blues side; the NSW selectors will name their squad on Tuesday.

NSW Blues Origin side for Game One

1. Josh Dugan (Dragons)
Against the Rabbitohs on Monday night Dugan was easily the best player on the paddock in a losing Dragons team, frequently punching holes through the Souths defence from the back. There had been some conjecture on who would replace Jarryd Hayne in the No.1 jersey this season, but Dugan will be the first name on the team sheet.

2. Daniel Tupou (Roosters)
The rangy Roosters winger played his way back into a Blues jumper in the annual City v Country clash and backed it up with a hat-trick against the Wests Tigers last Friday night.

3. Michael Jennings (Roosters)
An Origin veteran of 12 games, Jennings’ club combination with Tupou is an important element of the make-up of Laurie Daley’s team.

4. Josh Morris (Bulldogs)
The Bulldogs centre will hit double digits in Origin games when he runs out against the Maroons on Wednesday week. Morris became a part of Origin folklore last year when he and his brother Brett played through injury to help clinch NSW a crucial Origin I win.

5. Alex Johnston (Rabbitohs)
After making his debut for Australia two weeks ago, the young Rabbitohs winger should go close to making his Origin debut – edging out the Tigers’ James Tedesco and incumbent James McManus.

6. Mitchell Pearce (Roosters)
Pearce has been arguably the strongest NSW-based half in the NRL this season and should make a return to the NSW side. The Roosters halfback has never once played a game at five-eighth in the NRL but could don the No.6 against Queensland alongside the man who replaced him for the Blues last season.

7. Trent Hodkinson (Bulldogs)
The Bulldogs halfback played a starring role in NSW’s first Origin series win since 2005 last year and is playing well enough to justify a recall. Would also double as the team’s goal-kicker.

8. Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers)
One of the game’s best front-rowers this year – ranking third among all players for run metres – Woods was a starting prop for the Kangaroos in the Anzac Test and should continue his rise throughout this Origin series.

9. Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers)
The Tigers skipper and New South Wales vice-captain is easily the best option at hooker and will be one of the first picked by Daley.

10. James Tamou (Cowboys)
The Cowboys prop has undergone a form transformation of late, with stronger performances coinciding with North Queensland’s five-game winning streak.

11. Ryan Hoffman (Warriors)
The move across the ditch from the Storm to the Warriors hasn’t hindered the form of one of last year’s two Brad Fittler Medal winners. While he didn’t play in the representative round, Daley should have no qualms picking this Warrior.

12. Beau Scott (Knights)
The Newcastle enforcer has been battling an ankle complaint of late, but his grunt in the inevitable forward battle will be crucial for the Blues. He’s also a master of shutting down opposition playmakers – one of Queensland’s key strengths.

13. Trent Merrin (Dragons)
With skipper Paul Gallen ruled out of Origin I, Dragons star Merrin comes into our side at lock. The 25-year-old has been buoyed by his recent Kangaroos debut and will be in for a big Origin series.


14. Luke Lewis (Sharks)
Having played at Origin level at wing, centre and the second row, Lewis has the skills and experience to justify being used in a utility role or as another forward option for Daley to utilise. You’d be mad to leave him out.

15. Boyd Cordner (Roosters)
While he didn’t receive a call-up for either Australia or Country a fortnight ago, Cordner proved against the Wests Tigers last Friday night he still has what it takes to perform well at this level.

16. Andrew Fifita (Sharks)
With every defender he palmed off against the Warriors on Saturday night, the Sharks prop inched closer and closer to an Origin recall after missing out on the entire Origin series in 2014.

17. David Klemmer (Bulldogs)
Earned a surprise Kangaroos call-up in last year’s Four Nations tournament and has gone from strength to strength for the Bulldogs this season. We’ve picked Klemmer to make his Origin debut in place of the injured Paul Gallen.

Source: http://www.nrl.com/nrlcoms-new-south-wales-origin-side/tabid/10874/newsid/86196/default.aspx

Queensland Maroons State Of Origin 2015 Team Side

State of Origin just around the corner, we at NRL.com have put our heads together to devise the teams we would select for Holden State of Origin I at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday May 27. Here is our Queensland XXXX Maroons side; the Queensland selectors will name their squad on Tuesday.

1. Billy Slater (Storm)

Just like the majority of his other Queensland teammates, the Melbourne fullback is a shoo-in for the Maroons. But just to remind everyone how good he is, he scored two tries in his first game back from injury last week and made several try-saving tackles. Despite strong challenges, Slater is still the game’s premier custodian.

2. Will Chambers (Storm)

Recently made his Australian Test debut in the centres over likely three-quarters partner Justin Hodges, but such is Mal Meninga’s loyalty, the Melbourne centre will have to make do with a wing spot. His pace and agility has proven more than a handful in the opening rounds of the competition.

3. Justin Hodges (Broncos)

In what will be his swansong Origin series, the Brisbane captain will be up for a huge final three matches with Queensland, especially after being overlooked for the Kangaroos. A veteran of 21 Origin contests, Hodges will prove a handful on the right side of the field.

4. Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs)

Currently struggling a little for form at fullback with the Rabbitohs, it will be interesting to see how Inglis adapts in the centres for his annual few matches in the three-quarters for Queensland. GI generally lifts at Origin level and his record speaks for itself; we think he’ll cause a few headaches again for Blues supporters.

5. Darius Boyd (Broncos)

Will have only played two NRL games before Origin I due to an off-season Achilles injury but is likely to step out for his 22nd appearance in a Queensland jersey. Like Inglis, Boyd is a different proposition in Maroon and his try-scoring feats are legendary.

6. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)

The world’s best player picks himself. Hasn’t missed a game since making his debut in the Origin arena in 2005, a streak of 30-consecutive appearances in the Maroon, and that won’t change unless injury strikes.

7. Cooper Cronk (Storm)

The Kangaroos halfback will be looking to make amends from last year’s series and will be in the No.7 jersey ahead of a host of challenges from Daly Cherry-Evans and Ben Hunt.

8. Matt Scott (Cowboys)

One of the best and most consistent props running around in rugby league, the Cowboys hard man is expected to hit the ground running against club teammate James Tamou. So much of what Queensland do is based around Scott’s work in the middle of the field. He rarely gets the plaudits, but Scott is an integral cog in the Maroons juggernaut.

9. Cameron Smith (c) (Storm)

The Australian and Queensland skipper will don the No.9 jumper until the day he calls it quits. He has already stated his intention to play through to the 2017 World Cup, meaning he still has a lot of years left in the Maroons jumper.

10. Nate Myles (Titans)

While many were calling for his head after Australia’s shock loss to the Kiwis, Myles has been one of the Maroons’ consistent performers in recent years and will not miss out on selection. He is the Queensland enforcer and will reprise that role once again.

11. Sam Thaiday (Broncos)

Thaiday responded to a highly publicised demotion to the Brisbane Broncos bench with vigour. Since that time he has been one of the club’s best and deserves his spot in the Maroons pack.

12. Aidan Guerra (Roosters)

Guerra made his comeback from a fractured jaw last week against the Wests Tigers which was enough to justify selection as one of Queensland’s back-rowers. He has a good motor in the middle third of the field and also has good footwork and ability with ball in hand.

13. Corey Parker (Broncos)

The veteran lock is reportedly pondering representative retirement but it won’t happen this year, which spells bad news for New South Wales. He’ll be tireless and relentless in defence, while in attack he’ll swivel and offload at any chance.


14. Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)

While plenty are calling for Cowboys five-eighth Michael Morgan or Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt to fill this spot, Cherry-Evans is slowly working his way back to his best and deserves the utility role on the bench.

15. Josh Papalii (Raiders)

A member of Australia’s recent extended squad, the Raiders enforcer has been sharing his time between the front and back row for the Green Machine which makes his versatility a solid prospect for Meninga to draw upon.

16. Josh McGuire (Broncos)

One of the only contentious picks from our selections, the Broncos prop and Samoan international deserves an Origin debut. Unfortunately it comes at the cost of veteran Warrior Jacob Lillyman.

17. Matt Gillett (Broncos)

A little bit hard done by to miss out on a starting spot instead of Guerra, Gillett has proven to be a huge asset for the Maroons in recent years.

18th man: Jacob Lillyman (Warriors)

The unlucky man to miss out of our 17, but deserves to be in the squad as cover in case of injuries to any member of the Maroons pack. Hasn’t let Queensland down in the past and won’t if he is called up on late notice.

Source: http://www.nrl.com/

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Mark Carroll: 7 Origin games for NSW

Front-rower: David Klemmer

He hasn’t played Origin yet but I think Klemmer should be blooded. If he can control his aggression he could be anything. I don’t know if he’d start the match but if you brought him on off the bench he’d definitely add plenty of tenacity. You need at least one big guy on the bench these days and I think Klemmer could make a difference.

Bradley Clyde: 12 Origin games for NSW

Back-rower: Luke Lewis

Lewis is experienced, he has speed and skill and is tough. He’s a specialist lock who can add a dimension to the team because apart from his experience he really knows the role. Lock has become a less specialised position over the years but when you have a player who works as equally as well with the backs as the forwards and who can create play as well as hit a hole they’re what you call a genuine footy player.

Steve Mortimer: 9 Origin games for NSW

Halves: Blake Austin

I’m very impressed by Adam Reynolds at Souths but he’s injured. I know there is Mitchell Pearce and Trent Hodkinson who have both played for NSW but we don’t seem to have a lot of competition for halves. I like Blake Austin, the five-eighth at Canberra, and think he must be in the top 17. I saw him play in the City-Country game at Wagga and I thought he was outstanding.

Ryan Girdler: 10 Origin games for NSW

Three-quarters: William Hopoate

​Michael Jennings and Josh Morris will be picked if they’re available but selecting wingers is tough. Daniel Tupou has been in good form and is in a strong position to maintain his spot. We need big bodies and while I think Alex Johnston will represent his state one day we need size, that’s why I’d pick Hopoate. He’s played better since going from fullback at Parramatta back to the centres. He”d do the job for NSW.

Tim Brasher: 21 Origin games for NSW

Fullback: Josh Dugan

Josh Dugan is in form and fullback is his best position. We saw him play on the wing in City-Country but these days wing is a more specialised position than it was in my time.  If Dugan was injured I’d give the spot to Brett Stewart. I think we’ll see James Tedesco there if not this year then next year. He’s class. Tedesco could even be one of those guys they slot on the wing because he can play there.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/