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.