For the last four years, Queensland have dominated rugby league’s showpiece event the State of Origin series – something which the Craig Bellamy-coached New South Wales team will aim to halt in the series’ first game in Sydney tommorrow.
The Blues selectors plumped for a number of surprise inclusions when they announced their squad last week.
Jamal Idris‘ inclusion on the bench has certainly caused a stir and he could provide a significant impact if introduced at the right time.
In contrast, the Queensland team looks as settled than at any time during the last four years.
Verdict: Queensland win
New South Wales
1. Kurt Gidley (captain, Newcastle Knights)
2. Brett Morris (St George Illawarra Dragons)
3. Matt Cooper (St George Illawarra Dragons)
4. Timana Tahu (Parramatta Eels)
5. Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)
6. Jamie Lyon (Manly Sea Eagles)
7. Brett Kimmorley (Canterbury Bulldogs)
8. Michael Weyman (St George Illawarra Dragons)
9. Michael Ennis (Canterbury Bulldogs)
10. Josh Perry (Manly Sea Eagles)
11. Trent Waterhouse (Penrith Panthers)
12. Ben Creagh (St George Illawarra Dragons)
13. Anthony Watmough (Manly Sea Eagles)
1. Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)
2. Darius Boyd (St George Illawarra Dragons)
3. Greg Inglis (Melbourne Storm)
4. Willie Tonga (North Queensland Cowboys)
5. Israel Folau (Brisbane Broncos)
6. Darren Lockyer (Brisbane Broncos)
7. Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)
8. Matthew Scott (North Queensland Cowboys)
9. Matt Ballin (Manly Sea Eagles)
10. Petero Civoniceva (Penrith Panthers)
11. Nate Myles (Sydney Roosters)
12. Sam Thaiday (Brisbane Broncos)
13. Ashley Harrison (Gold Coast Titans)