State Of Origin Game 2 New South Wales Teams,
Josh Morris has been ruled out of State of Origin Game 2 with a groin strain. Dylan Walker will start for the Blues while Jack Bird has been added to the bench.
Morris was earlier reported as being in doubt for the match, with Blues coach Laurie Daley stating at the time that he believed Morris would recover soon enough to play.
However, Daley also said at the time that Morris could be ruled out as soon as today, and that has now come to pass after he failed to make it through a warm-up session at training today.
This has triggered something of a shuffle in the Blues team – Dylan Walker will move into the starting side to replace Morris, while Jack Bird has been added to the Blues’ bench after previously being listed as NSW’s 18th man.
Bird’s now-Blues teammate Josh Jackson said at the time of Morris’ injury that he believed Bird would do well if called up.
“I think he’d go well. He’s an Origin type of player. He’s gritty and he likes those grinding type of games. If he’s given an opportunity, I think he’s handle it pretty well,” said Jackson.
It is another big blow for a Blues team that is already dealing with a number of outs through injury or suspension heading into this match.
The side needs a win on Wednesday to keep the series alive, but that is looking to be a tough task given the mounting injury concerns and the home ground advantage that the Maroons will hold.
New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 2: 1. Matt Moylan, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Dylan Walker, 5. Josh Mansour, 6. James Maloney, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. James Tamou, 11. Greg Bird, 12. Josh Jackson, 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 14. Tyson Frizell, 15. David Klemmer, 16. Andrew Fifita, 17. Jack Bird