NSW & QLD State of Origin teams 2016

Full 2016 State of Origin Teams for Game 1

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 1:

1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin O’Neill, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk*, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Nate Myles, 11. Matt Gillett, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker

Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Josh McGuire, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Josh Papalii

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 1: Expert reaction

*Cooper Cronk rolled his ankle in training and is in doubt to play. Read the latest here

Jacob Lillyman will replace Cronk if he is ruled out.

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 1:

1. Matt Moylan, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Josh Morris*, 5. Josh Mansour, 6. James Maloney, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. Paul Gallen, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Josh Jackson, 13. Greg Bird

Interchange: 14. Dylan Walker, 15. James Tamou, 16. David Klemmer, 17. Andrew Fifita

NSW Blues team for State of Origin Game 1: Expert reaction

*Josh Dugan was ruled out of Game 1, replaced by Josh Morris

Queensland
Justin Hodges will be the big loss from Queensland’s team last year, with the charismatic centre bowing out of the game. He retired from the game a winner, as Queensland captured their ninth title in ten years.

Will Chambers had been the man most likely to replace Hodges at centre, but the Melbourne Storm fractured his foot and will miss the first two games of the series. Queensland will also have to make a change at fullback, with Billy Slater ruled out for the season due to a shoulder injury.

Greg Inglis is being tipped to move to the number one jersey, but the is a chance the Maroons will keep him at centre to allow Darius Boyd to shift to fullback. Such a move could see last year’s debutant Dane Gagai keep his place on the wing, although Corey Oates, Kyle Feldt and Justin O’Neill are all pushing for selection on the wing or in the centres.

There are a number of young Maroons who are on the outer with new coach Kevin Walters, some of whom are in supreme form and would otherwise be a big chance for a call up. Brisbane halves Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford, Roosters enforcer Dylan Napa, young backs Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster, and Jarrod Wallace, Edrick Lee and Chris Grevsmuhl will all miss this year’s Origin series due to bad behaviour at a Maroons camp earlier this year.

The Maroons will also be without Mal Meninga, who has moved on to coach the Australian team after leading Queensland to nine wins from the last ten series. Kevin Walters is the new Queensland coach.

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For full coverage of the 2016 State of Origin teams, this is your source. Along with our State of Origin news and fixtures page, we’ll have full coverage of everything going on in Rugby League’s yearly showpiece.

With the only true loss Justin Hodges to retirement, there are plenty of great players who will be on show in your team this year. Full team lists will be on this page as soon as they are announced.

The teams for State of Origin Game 1 are announced Monday and Tuesday the week before the game. This year the NSW Blues side will be announced on Monday, May 23 at 11:40am. The Queensland team will be named at 7pm on Tuesday, May 24.

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New South Wales
NSW are facing a number of changes for this year’s series. Of particular concern is the halves pairing, where Mitchell Pearce’s off-field indiscretions and injuries and a lack of form from other halves has fans wondering who will direct the Blues’ attack once the series gets underway.

James Maloney has done his hopes of Blues selection no harm, having guided the Sharks to a strong side to the season and earning a NSW Country selection. He performed solidly in that arena despite Country’s loss, and Aidan Sezer also appears to be in the running for a Blues jersey, after playing a big role in City’s win.

James Tedesco had been pushing for an Origin debut with some excellent form in attack and defence for the Wests Tigers, but a fractured shoulder blade injury has him ruled out indefinitely.

Penrith forward Bryce Cartwright did his chances no harm at all with a standout performance in City Country, showcasting his full array of attacking skills, while not missing a tackle, as did Roosters backrower Boyd Cordner playing for Country. Forward stalwarts Paul Gallen, Aaron Woods and James Tamou all look primed for selection, though Peter Sterling has called for captain Gallen to be axed.

Josh Dugan has firmed as the frontrunner for the fullback spot in the wake of Tedesco’s injury, although the Dragons star could find himself named at centre. Matt Moylan has also been touted as a possible starter at the back, while some have suggested the Penrith skipper could make his Origin debut in the halves. Dugan played centre for Australia in the Test against New Zealand, with Moylan missing City Country.

Questions also surround the representative future of Robbie Farah. Farah has been a stalwart for the Blues over the past few seasons and was one of New South Wales’ best players in their 2014 series victory. However, he has been battling form and injury concerns recently, which could prompt coach Laurie Daley to blood a new hooker for the season opener at ANZ Stadium. Experienced Origin player Michael Ennis is currently in career-best form, and would have to be in the mix as well.

Daley will also have to find a replacement for Brett Morris, who will miss the entire series through injury, and Will Hopoate’s place in the side has come under question since the incumbent NSW winger has been in patchy form since he announced he would not play in Sunday games on account of his Mormon faith. Blake Ferguson is a chance to replace Morris, after being picked by Mal Meninga to make his Kangaroos debut in the Anzac Test and scoring a try.

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Full State of Origin Teams for Game 3

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 3:
1. Josh Dugan, 2. Will Hopoate, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Josh Morris, 5. Brett Morris, 6. Mitchell Pearce, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. James Tamou, 18. Michael Ennis (replacing Robbie Farah), 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Paul Gallen

Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Boyd Cordner 16. David Klemmer, 17. Josh Jackson

Ryan Hinchcliffe and Josh Reynolds have been drafted into the NSW squad.

Expert reaction to NSW team for State of Origin Game 3

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 3:
1. Greg Inglis, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Dane Gagai, 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

Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Josh Papalii, 16. Matt Gillett, 17. Jacob Lillyman

Expert reaction to Queensland team for State of Origin Game 3

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State of Origin Game 3 team news

The Teams for State of Origin Game 3 will be announced on Monday 29 June and Tuesday 30 June. The Queensland team will be announced around 4pm on Monday , while the NSW team will be announced around 11:30am AEST on Tuesday.

NSW Blues
Josh Jackson is available for NSW after successfully fighting his dangerous throw charge at the judiciary. He should take his spot on the bench, but there have been rumours that Luke Lewis will take a position on the bench.

There are also rumours that Will Hopoate will be dropped for Blake Ferguson. Michael Jennings will also retain his spot despite his drunken incident last week.

Robbie Farah is also going to miss Game 3 after breaking his hand in a Wests Tigers match. He may be named, but he is seriously in doubt to play, after also suffering a shoulder injury earlier this season.

Queensland Maroons
Queensland should welcome back Cooper Cronk, as he has trained well with his club side, Melbourne. Billy Slater will not play Origin 3 after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. Greg Inglis is most likely to slot in at fullback.

There are also whisperings that both Dylan Napa and Josh Papalii stand a chance for Game 3.

Full State of Origin Teams for Game 2

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 2:
1. Billy Slater, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Will Chambers, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Nate Myles, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker

Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Josh McGuire, 16. Matt Gillett, 17. Jacob Lillyman

Squad members: Josh Papalii, Dane Gagai, Korbin Sims

Expert reaction to Queensland team for State of Origin Game 2

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 2:
1. Josh Dugan, 2. Brett Morris, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Josh Morris, 5. Will Hopoate, 6. Mitchell Pearce, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. James Tamou, 9. Robbie Farah (c), 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Paul Gallen

Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Boyd Cordner 16. David Klemmer, 17. Josh Jackson

Dylan Walker has been brought into the Blues squad as injury cover.

Expert reaction to NSW team for State of Origin Game 2

State of Origin Game 2 team news

NSW Blues
Captain in Game 1 Robbie Farah is in doubt for Game 2 of the 2015 State of Origin series after he suffered a Grade 3 AC joint injury after a brutal tackle from Queensland centre Justin Hodges.

Reports are Andrew Fifita will make way for captain Paul Gallen to resume his place in the NSW Team for the game.

Brett Morris is also set for a return to the Origin arena in place of Daniel Tupou. Dylan Walker has also been brought into the squad as injury cover for the backs.

Queensland Maroons

Queensland were going to stick with a similar 17 for Origin 2, but Cooper Cronk has been ruled out with injury after picking up a knee problem in a match for the Storm. Daly Cherry-Evans will replace Cronk at halfback.

That’s the only change for an otherwise solid Maroons outfit.

The NSW Blues team was announced Tuesday 8 June at 8am AEST. The Queensland Maroons team will be announced at 4pm AEST.

Full State of Origin Teams for Game 1

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New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 1:
1. Josh Dugan, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Michael Jennings, 5. Will Hopoate, 6. Mitchell Pearce, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. James Tamou, 9. Robbie Farah (c), 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Josh Jackson

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

» Expert reaction to the Blues State of Origin team for Game 1

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 1:
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

Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Josh McGuire, 16. Matt Gillett, 17. Jacob Lillyman

18th man. Dylan Napa

» Expert reaction to the Queensland Maroons team for Game 1

*Dane Gagai has been called into the Queensland squad on standby for the injured Billy Slater.

Queensland players celebrate Billy Slater's try during Game 3 of the 2014 State of Origin Series. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

New South Wales Blues
Mitchell Pearce has earned a recall to the Blues side to partner Trent Hodkinson in the halves. Josh Jackson also marks his Origin debut with a start at lock.

The rest of the side followed the pre-selection script, with Josh Dugan getting the nod to replace Jarryd Hayne as the fullback. Tupou and Hopoate are the wingers, with Jennings and Josh Morris selected at centre.

Paul Gallen has been ruled out of Origin I after an injury-interrupted start to the season. Robbie Farah has been named to take over as skipper from Gallen.

Greg Bird will miss the entire Origin series, having been found guilty for a dangerous tackle, and being unsuccessful in his bid to have the charge downgraded at the judiciary.

Queensland Maroons
For Queensland, Justin Hodges has made a welcome return to the Broncos after a hamstring injury, and Will Chambers’ selection in the Australian Kangaroos only strengthens their backline stocks.

Cameron Smith is also available for Queensland, having been slugged with a Grade 1 charge for kicking South Sydney hooker Issac Luke in the match before Origin for the Melbourne Storm. If he takes the early guilty plea, Smith will not miss a match.

Darius Boyd has been selected as well, with the winger making a successful return to the NRL against Penrith, and getting through two matches unscathed.