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Fittler picks 11 debutants for NSW Blues in State of Origin Game 1: Reports

Brad Fittler will be livid that the squad was leaked. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
27th May, 2018
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The NSW Blues Origin team won’t be officially confirmed until Monday night, but the names and numbers look to have been leaked with Buzz Rothfield reporting that the side will have 11 debutants.

The team put forward by Rothfield is as follows:

NSW Blues team for game one (reported)
1. James Tedesco, 2. Tom Trobjevic, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. James Roberts, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. James Maloney, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Damien Cook, 10. David Klemmer, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Tyson Frizell, 13. Jack de Belin.

Interchange: 14. Tyrone Peachey, 15. Paul Vaughan, 16. Jake Trbojevic, 17. Angus Crichton.

If accurate this team would mean that the only surviving Blues players from last year’s series were Tedesco, Maloney, Klemmer, Cordner and Jake Trobjecvic. The 11 debutants would be a State of Origin record.

Also notable is the fact that Jake Trobjevice has reportedly missed out on a starting spot, replaced there by Jack de Belin, and relegated to the bench.

Ryan James, Nick Cotric, Luke Keary and Euan Aitken are some of the notable candidates to have reportedly missed out on a spot.

Brad Fittler will announce the confirmed NSW team at 6:40pm AEST on Monday night.

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