The full Queensland and New South Wales teams for the 2015 State of Origin series will be on this page as soon as they are announced.
Currently, the NSW team is in some flux, with Bulldogs and NSW halves Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds not displaying the kind of form that saw them win Origin selection in 2014. Injuries to other key players has put them in doubt for the series
Luke Keary, Tepai Moeroa and James Roberts are all in the frame for NSW selection after impressive starts to the season.
2014 NSW captain Paul Gallen has also backed St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan to fill the boots of the departed Jarryd Hayne, who is currently training with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL.
Queensland coach Mal Meninga has insisted loyalty will be key in selecting his Queensland squad, saying he doesn’t expect too many chances from the 2014 series.
The line-ups from the 2014 State of Origin series are below.
1. Billy Slater, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Will Chambers, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jacob Lillyman, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Nate Myles, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker, 14. Daly Cherry-Evans, 15. Ben Te’o, 16. Matt Gillett, 17. David Taylor, 18th man: Josh McGuire, 19th man: Michael Morgan
NSW Blues team for State of Origin 2014 Game 3
1. Jarryd Hayne, 2. James McManus, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Josh Morris, 5. Daniel Tupou, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Paul Gallen, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Ryan Hoffman, 12. Beau Scott, 13. Greg Bird, 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Boyd Cordner, 16. James Tamou, 17. Luke Lewis
State of Origin Game 3 team news:
In shock news for Queensland, Cooper Cronk has completed a ridiculous comeback just five weeks after he broke his arm in Origin 1. Cronk has been selected at halfback ahead of Daly Cherry-Evans. Corey Parker and Matt Gillett have also been named, despite missing club football in the weeks prior to Origin 3. Will Chambers will make his debut in place of Brent Tate, who injured his ACL in Origin 2.
For NSW, Will Hopoate is out along with Michael Jennings, and they are replaced by Newcastle’s James McManus and Josh Morris.
Anthony Watmough is another major casualty out of Game 2 at ANZ Stadium. Watmough was charged with a grade 2 dangerous throw charge that will see him miss Origin 3. He has been replaced on the bench by the returning Boyd Cordner.
Full Queensland and New South Wales teams for State of Origin Game 2:
New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin 2014 Game 2:
1. Jarryd Hayne, 2. Will Hopoate, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Michael Jennings, 5. Daniel Tupou, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Paul Gallen, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Ryan Hoffman, 12. Beau Scott, 13. Greg Bird, 14. James Tamou, 15. Anthony Watmough, 16. Luke Lewis, 17. Trent Merrin
Full Queensland team for 2014 State of Origin Game 2:
1. Billy Slater, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Brent Tate, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Nate Myles, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Sam Thaiday, 14. Jacob Lillyman, 15. Ben Te’o, 16. Chris McQueen, 17. David Taylor
State of Origin Game 2 team news:
Greg Bird will return to NSW’s lineup for Game 2 after sitting out Game 1 due to suspension for a lifting tackle. Bulldog and five-eighth Josh Reynolds will also play after controversially having his lifting tackle on Brent Tate in Origin downgraded from a Grade 2 to a Grade 1, meaning he did not miss a game.
Otherwise, NSW will be largely unchanged, except for twins Josh and Brett Morris. Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate have replaced them for the Blues right side attack. Paul Gallen has moved into the front row to accommodate Bird, with James Tamou pushing to the bench and Tony Williams 18th man.
Queensland have bigger problems. Greg Inglis and Daly Cherry-Evans, who would have replaced the injured Cooper Cronk at halfback, are both in serious doubt for Game 2. Inglis hurt himself in Souths’ latest match, but appears to be tracking well to play. Cherry-Evans exacerbated a knee injury playing for Manly in their romp of the Bulldogs, and is still in serious doubt. As a result, the Maroons have announced an extended squad of 21 for Game 2, with the team to be clarified later. Following the naming of the squad, both Corey Parker and Josh Papalii were ruled out through injury, and have been replaced by David Taylor.
Willie Tonga is on standby for Inglis, and Ben Hunt is ready if Cherry-Evans fails to recover from the captain’s run for the Maroons. If he pulls up, he is likely to be named to play. Will Chambers has been ruled out with a leg cut.
Full Queensland and New South Wales teams for State of Origin Game 1:
New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin 2014 Game 1:
1. Jarryd Hayne, 2. Brett Morris, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Michael Jennings 5. Daniel Tupou, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. James Tamou, 11. Ryan Hoffman, 12. Beau Scott, 13. Paul Gallen, 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Anthony Watmough, 16. Luke Lewis, 17. Tony Williams
Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin 2014 Game 1:
1. Billy Slater, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Brent Tate, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Nate Myles, 11. Chris McQueen, 12 Matt Gillett, 13 Corey Parker, 14. Daly Cherry-Evans, 15. Ben Te’o 16. Josh Papalii, 17. Aidan Guerra 18. Will Chambers, 19. Jake Friend
The NSW and Queensland teams for State of Origin 2014 are traditionally named just over a week prior to Game I.
New South Wales
Blues five-eighth from Game 1 Josh Reynolds is free to play in the second State of Origin match after having a charge for a dangerous throw on Maroons winger downgraded at the judiciary. He was initially charged with a grade 2 dangerous throw on Tate, but this was changed to a grade 1. Furthermore, Anthony Watmough, captain Paul Gallen, and Brett and Josh Morris all sustained injuries during a torrid Game 1.
Josh Morris is in serious doubt for Game 2 with ligament damage, while Gallen is expected to recover from a hip problem, Watmough should be ok after a bicep injury. Brett Morris may also miss Game 2 due to a dislocated shoulder.
Melbourne Storm trio Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith all suffered injuries in Origin 1. Slater should be ok for Game 2, but Cronk will miss 12 weeks after breaking his arm in a tackle on Blues backrower Ryan Hoffman. Cameron Smith sustained ankle damage, and may miss some action.
It was a rocky lead-in to 2014 Origin Game 1 for the Blues.
Mitchell Pearce was certain to be selected at halfback before the Blues before an incident in a Kings Cross nightclub left his hopes of being included in the New South Wales side in serious jeopardy. He avoided further police action, and may still have a chance of being selected. The latest reports, however, suggest that Bulldogs halves Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds will be given the spots ahead of Pearce and James Maloney for Game 1.
Greg Bird will miss the opening Origin encounter after a dangerous throw on South Sydney’s Bryson Goodwin. Bird would have missed the entire series had his Grade 3 dangerous throw charge not been overturned at the judiciary. He will be available for selection in Origin 2.
Hooker from 2013, Robbie Farah, was a worry for the Blues, though he returned earlier than expected from a dislocated elbow that was expected to rule him out of the opener at Suncorp Stadium. He should take his spot in the Blues side.
Furthermore, powerhouse prop Andrew Fifita is suffering from ankle syndesmosis after the Sharks’ clash with Parramatta. It may have been a blessing in disguise for the Blues, though, with the collapse of Fifita’s deal with the Bulldogs clearly taking its toll on his form. It is unclear whether he will be picked for Origin 2.
Boyd Cordner, along with Glenn Stewart, both missed Origin I due to injury, with Beau Scott and Ryan Hoffman to start in the second row.
For Queensland, Sam Thaiday ruled himself out of Game 1, after missing much of the opening to the Brisbane Broncos NRL season with injury. He is replaced by Aidan Guerra, with Broncos teammate Matt Gillett moving to the starting team. Guerra has been in great form so far this season, carrying on from his strong finish to last year with the Roosters. Queensland have stuck solid with their all-star backline, with veterans Hodges, Slater and Tate retaining their Origin jerseys.
Queensland will be skippered by Cameron Smith, and have the Australian halves pairing of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk. Chris McQueen has been included in the run-on team and will be crucial to the Maroons’ left-side defence.
The NSW side was named on Tuesday, May 20 at 12pm AEST and the Queensland side named on the afternoon of Monday, May 19 at 6:30pm AEST, ahead of Origin I on Wednesday, 28 May.