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

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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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    • Roar Guru

      May 27th 2018 @ 10:09pm
      Scott Pryde said | May 27th 2018 @ 10:09pm | ! Report

      I’ll believe that when I see it tomorrow night. If Aitken and De Belin don’t make the Blues, the selectors should be fired. James Roberts vs Greg Inglis. I shudder at the thought of that.

      • Roar Guru

        May 27th 2018 @ 10:33pm
        Emcie said | May 27th 2018 @ 10:33pm | ! Report

        De Belins at 13 Scotty

        • Roar Guru

          May 27th 2018 @ 10:34pm
          Scott Pryde said | May 27th 2018 @ 10:34pm | ! Report

          Nevermind. I’m tired and obviously not reading things properly. Been a long day.

      • May 27th 2018 @ 10:40pm
        R N said | May 27th 2018 @ 10:40pm | ! Report

        Surely JDB will be there!
        I go for QLD, but I wouldn’t see it as a true Victory if he wasn’t playing…. one of the most talented forwards going around. Wish he played his first senior game in Kempsey (that’s QLD isn’t it?)!

      • May 28th 2018 @ 1:17pm
        Robert F said | May 28th 2018 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

        Been already saying to all my peers that if Mitchel and Roberts get picked in the centres then they better have Josh Ado-Carr on the same side as Inglis because the only thing that will save NSW from a rampant Inglis will be his speed to cover up the missed tackles by either centre on Inglis. Both not 80 minute players defensively at least.

        Apart from that, I feel it is a good team and well deserved by most of the players.

    • May 27th 2018 @ 10:17pm
      KenoathCarnt said | May 27th 2018 @ 10:17pm | ! Report

      Please not Roberts as if Broncos dont already have enough injured players and more players going to Qld. Stuff it just have your win NSW.

    • Roar Guru

      May 27th 2018 @ 10:35pm
      Emcie said | May 27th 2018 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

      I dunno how I’d describe that team, all I can think of is messy and that’s not really what I mean…

      • May 28th 2018 @ 5:03am
        Noel said | May 28th 2018 @ 5:03am | ! Report

        Looks like Freddy was telling the truth when he gushed over speed, speed, speed. This is an attacking squad.

    • May 27th 2018 @ 10:53pm
      Brett the Manly fan said | May 27th 2018 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

      My only complaint would be switch De Belin and Jake around, De Belin should be used off the bench, and put Tariq Sims in for Crichton. Other than that I think it’s a strong side.

      • May 28th 2018 @ 1:01am
        Simon said | May 28th 2018 @ 1:01am | ! Report

        I was surprised initially but it makes much sense. You’ve gotta a middle 3 of RCG, Klemmer and De Belin to absolutely steamroll over the top if QLD to start the game, then Jake Turbo bringing his passing game off the bench late in the half to split the game open. Great selection imo

      • May 28th 2018 @ 8:37am
        Albo said | May 28th 2018 @ 8:37am | ! Report

        I can’t believe that De Belin is even being considered for game 1 . Looking at the pillow he had strapped to his hip before the Panthers game and then his near crippled look when taken off the field later in that game, he obviously has a serious injury that needs some time off. Same goes for James Roberts apparently carrying that achilles injury for some weeks. What are we doing picking obviously injured players for the start of the series ??? For mine, Josh Jackson should be the 13 and Euan Aitken the centre for these two injured players apparently being named.

    • May 27th 2018 @ 10:56pm
      R N said | May 27th 2018 @ 10:56pm | ! Report

      Captained by Gavin Miller!
      At the risk of eating my words… they should watch the 89 series again before choosing that many newbies!

      • Roar Guru

        May 27th 2018 @ 11:08pm
        Renegade said | May 27th 2018 @ 11:08pm | ! Report

        QLD are going to have an inexperienced side too, now is the time to start blooding for the blues as well… the timing couldn’t be better and I think Freddy knows that.

    • May 27th 2018 @ 11:02pm
      Eden said | May 27th 2018 @ 11:02pm | ! Report

      Good side but both centres are weak defenders. Hayne got picked apart last year. Though I guess defensive centres leave us with no points.

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