Never has a State of Origin series meant so much to New South Welshmen. With Queensland on the verge of an unbelievable seventh straight success, the Blues need to make the right calls or risk being embarrassed again.

There has been talk recently that legendary Blues rake Danny Buderus should be brought back into the squad to combat the Queensland assault. His record speaks for itself and the man bleeds blue. But so does Michael Ennis. Why not pick them both?

With Kurt Gidley injured on the weekend, a possible bench spot has opened up for coach Ricky Stuart. With Queensland sure to go with captain Cameron Smith at hooker, the Blues need to not only match Smith, they need to outplay Smith.

Could Buderus play eighty minutes and outplay Smith? Maybe. Could Ennis play eighty minutes and outplay Smith? Perhaps.

But playing them both means Smith and the other Maroons forwards will have their hands full the entire game. Ennis for the first thirty minutes, Buderus in for the next thirty. Play them both for the final twenty?

Why not? We can’t be left wondering anymore.

Buderus has made it clear he wants his Blues jersey back.

“I am a proud New South Welshman, and I would love to play,” Buderus said. “I think a few boxes would have to be ticked for me to get a run there.

“I am not going to count myself out, but a couple of hookers would probably have to fall over before I get a start. I will just be as consistent as I can and if the opportunity arises, I’d jump at it.”

Ennis probably has the early running for the spot being the incumbent. But Buderus is a leader few men would dare question. He is a warrior that lets his actions do the talking. And when Origin time comes, he hates the Queenslanders.

Stuart loves Buderus. “Isn’t it great to see the culture of Origin is changing with our senior players with this type of attitude,” Stuart said.

“Over the years players have been pressured not to continue playing Origin football and have opted to take the easy option by not putting their hand up.

“When Danny Buderus was playing Origin, he was Origin. I love the attitude that he’s shown in declaring he’s willing to pull on the Blue jumper.”

Ennis is a commodity Stuart needs too. He has that x-factor in Origin that the Blues need.

Both men are venomous and both want to win the Origin series back for their state. Pick them both and let them do what they do best.

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  • March 13th 2012 @ 8:04am
    Tiger Tez said | March 13th 2012 @ 8:04am | ! Report

    I agree with Buderus, but Ennis???????

    He is the worse statistically performing hooker in the NRL, I don’t know why the selectors pick him. It is all perception with this guy, and he comes across as a tough and hard working hooker, but when you look at his stats, he is no better than no names Lawton or Rein!!!!!

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    March 13th 2012 @ 9:39am
    Matt Bungard said | March 13th 2012 @ 9:39am | ! Report

    Michael Ennis; is there someone that more personifies this myth of an “Origin player”, simply because he’s a thug? And NSW selectors wonder why we’ve lost six in a row..and Buderus? A great player, a few years ago. And even now he’s above average but not the player he was.

    Robbie Farah is the best hooker in the NRL that is eligible to play for the Blues. Not even close.

  • March 13th 2012 @ 11:18am
    Das Boat said | March 13th 2012 @ 11:18am | ! Report

    Agree with above. Ennis is more overrated than most, yet awards along those lines always seem to go to poor ole Braith Anasta.

    Ennis is a hot head who has made significant lapses in judgment at big moments his lasting contribution to an origin series. And one of the problems in the last few Origins has been a lack of attacking spark. So you know what NSW selectors say, lets leave out Farrah, because he isnt an origin player. Pfft.

    NSW are their own worst enemy sometimes, and overrated Ennis is a large part of that. I would almost rather see Bird at hooker. At least he can spark a brawl AND some attacking spark

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    March 13th 2012 @ 12:17pm
    Curtis Woodward said | March 13th 2012 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

    Pick Ennis because he is a thug and he will start a brawl. Buderus will die trying to win the series for the Blues and Farah is way passed it. He has lost something, through injury or otherwise. He isn’t the same player. And his 1 on 1 defence is scratchy to say the least.

  • March 13th 2012 @ 12:36pm
    Big_Marn2000 said | March 13th 2012 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

    It is definitely a two horse race between Buderus and Ennis, but it is too early to say who is in the lead. If Sticky Stuart were to pick Farah it would require a huge shift in mentality from Stuart in terms of the game plan and tactics. Farah plays his best footy when a team is built around him. If you have too many guys like Hayne, Soward, Pearce and possibly Dugan (all of whom are the focal points of their respective club teams’ attack) then Farah just gets in the way.

    I think Ennis should be given the benefit of the doubt on this one. He’s arguably a proven performer at Origin level and he is the incumbent hooker. And yes, obviously Buderus is a proven performer at Origin level too, but 4 years have passed since he last played Origin and in that time he has been playing half a game in the SuperLeague every week (a far cry from the 80 minutes he used to play week in week out in the NRL). He may not be up to Origin football physically anymore. Give him a shot at City vs Country though and we’ll find out.

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      March 13th 2012 @ 1:10pm
      Curtis Woodward said | March 13th 2012 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

      Didn’t he play 80 on the weekend? he looked good doing it too

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    March 13th 2012 @ 1:19pm
    ScottWoodward.me said | March 13th 2012 @ 1:19pm | ! Report

    Curtis,
    Mal would be very happy with your article. Are u are Queenslander?
    I need to see more of Danny but he looks down a notch on the great player he was, and Ennis is simply not in Smiths class.

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