Brad Fittler would be keen to keep his Origin squad together after their Game 2 demolition job but, unfortunately, injury means he’ll almost certainly need a new halfback.
Nathan Cleary badly rolled his ankle before half time and will almost certainly not be able take the field for the series decider.
So who takes his place?
As always, Mitchell Pearce’s named has been tossed up despite wild objection from Blues fans (and equally wild encouragement from Maroons supporters), as has Souths halfback Adam Reynolds and even second-half replacement Wade Graham.
But there’s one solid selection everyone’s ignoring.
We were joined by Roar NRL expert Mary Konstantopoulos on the Game of Codes podcast to explore all of New South Wales’ options ahead of Origin 3 – including naming the left-field selection nobody’s discussing.
Listen to the discussion:
After being roundly criticised for making wholesale changes to the side that narrowly lost Game 1, a 38-6 obliteration in Game 2 saw his decisions validated and virtually everyone in the lineup punch their tickets to ANZ Stadium.
David Klemmer’s recover from injury will make things interesting, as will the possibility sensationally dumped centre Latrell Mitchell returning.