The NSW squad for Game 3 of the 2013 State of Origin series was named on Sunday, July 7 at 5.00pm, ten days before the third and final 2013 State of Origin game on July 17 in Sydney. Laurie Daley has dropped Nathan Merritt, and has brought back in suspended prop James Tamou along with James McManus, who replaces the injured Jarryd Hayne on the wing. Captain Paul Gallen has been ruled out with injury, while Greg Bird remains in doubt. Robbie Farah will captain the Blues for the final match, while Aaron Woods will take the place of Gallen.
Earlier, Jarryd Hayne was ruled out of the deciding Origin clash, with James McManus taking his place.
The QLD squad was announced on July 9 by QLD coach Mal Meninga, with the Maroons having the luxury of no changes to the side that crushed NSW in Game 2.
The 2013 NSW State of Origin team for Game 3 is as follows:
NSW: Josh Dugan, Brett Morris, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, James McManus, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah, James Tamou, Ryan Hoffman, Luke Lewis, Greg Bird, Andrew Fifita, Trent Merrin, Boyd Cordner, Anthony Watmough. Jarryd Hayne has been ruled out of Game 3 with injury.
Captain Paul Gallen has been ruled out of the final game of the 2013 State of Origin series. Robbie Farah will captain the Blues for the final match.
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QLD Game 3 team: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (c), Nate Myles, Chris McQueen, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker, Daly Cherry-Evans, Ben Te’o, Matt Gillett, Josh Papalii. 18th man: Jacob Lillyman – 19th man: Will Chambers. Cameron Smith is captain of the Queensland team in the 2013 State of Origin series.