It’s been another crazy lead up to State of Origin with constant team changes for a variety of reasons for both coaches in Brad Fittler and Paul Green.
|NSW Blues||Number||Queensland Maroons|
|James Tedesco (c)||1||Kalyn Ponga|
|Brian To’o||2||Valentine Holmes|
|Latrell Mitchell||3||Dane Gagai|
|Tom Trbojevic||4||Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow|
|Josh Addo-Carr||5||Xavier Coates|
|Jack Wighton||6||Cameron Munster|
|Mitchell Moses||7||Daly Cherry-Evans (c)|
|Junior Paulo||10/8||Christian Welch|
|Damien Cook||9||Ben Hunt|
|Dale Finucane||18/10||Josh Papalii|
|Cameron Murray||11||Kurt Capewell|
|Tariq Sims||12||Felise Kaufusi|
|Isaah Yeo||13/15||Tino Fa’asuamaleaui|
|Apisai Koroisau||14||AJ Brimson|
|Angus Crichton||15/16||Moeaki Fotuaika|
|Payne Haas||16/18||Francis Molo|
|Liam Martin||17/20||Thomas Flegler|
|Nicho Hynes||19||Kurt Mann|
|Clint Gutherson||20/21||Coen Hess|
Both the NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons had plenty of headaches to sort out. The Maroons are without Jai Arrow who was suspended for COVID breaches while the Blues are missing halfback Nathan Cleary through a shoulder injury.
It’s been confirmed that Jack Wighton will start at five-eighth while Dale Finucane has won a spot in the run-on side for the Blues with Payne Haas to start on the bench.
All eyes will be on Kalyn Ponga at fullback for the Maroons as well as the exciting teenage prospect of Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow.