NSW and Queensland meet in Game I of the series on Wednesday at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium. Austin has been in electric form for the Raiders after arriving from the Wests Tigers at the start of this year, following Campese’s move to Hull KR.
The tall 24 year-old has played in every game of the season and is Canberra’s top try-scorer with six. A strong ball-runner, Austin has also made eight line-breaks in the NRL and claimed a hat-trick of tries on debut for NSW City against NSW Country.
Ex-Blues enforcer Mark Geyer has described Austin as a future NSW captain.
“I thought Blake Austin might have been a bit of a chance,” Campese admitted.
“He’s been in terrific form for the Raiders and he’s the type of player that can score points from anywhere.
“He’s been carving it up so I thought he was a bit of unlucky not to be picked. Only on Wednesday can tell if it was the right decision or not.”
Campese, who played one Origin game back in 2009, will be backing the Blues to get the job done.
“I’ll be cheering NSW on,” the 30-year old said.
“We’ve definitely got youth behind us and a few new faces in the team. You look at Queensland and they’ve got maybe one guy on debut, they’ve all played together before.
“So it’s a bit of experience versus the young fellas.”