Origin I is just two weeks ago – that means the selection drama is only set to get more exciting.
New South Wales enter this series as warm favourites, but coach Brad Fittler’s has a tough to decision make in the halves given the iffy club form of last year’s winning pair in James Maloney and Nathan Cleary.
Souths coach Wayne Bennett offered a blunt assessment of that duo’s form on the weekend saying, “I’ll say what no-one else wants to say. They cannot pick the two halfbacks and five-eighth from last year.”
We got Tim Gore on the line on the latest episode of Game of Codes to look through the Blues’ options ahead of a series they’re heavily favoured to win.
Can Cleary hold his spot? Is Mitchell Pearce doing enough to earn a recall? Can Adam Reynolds or Chad Townsend get the nod?
Listen to the discussion:
That wasn’t the only point of discussion. Gore and the team also ran through who lines up alongside the halfback as the all-important five-eighth, who lines up alongside Latrell Mitchell at centre and – of course – the big question; who actually takes Game 1?
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