NSW State Of Origin Team Announced
Brad Fittler has named his 17 man squad NSW Blues squad for Origin 1.
What you need to know
- 17 Blues squad named for Origin 1 at the MCG on June 6
- Boyd Cordner will lead a team of 11 debutantes.
It was one of the worst kept secrets of the game, but the NSW side for Origin 1 was officially announced on Monday evening.
A record-breaking 11 debutantes were named as coach Brad Fittler enforced a clean-out, hoping new blood will invigorate the Blues squad as they head into training camp in Coogee, in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
Boyd Cordner will captain as the veteran of the squad, with nine Origin appearances under his belt.
James Tedesco, James Maloney, David Klemmer, Tyson Frizell and Jake Trbojevic are the only others who have played in the sports biggest game.
The young team will be hoping to end twelve years of torment at the hands of their foes across the border.
Brad Fittler said the team was one of the most exciting Blues sides to ever be named, and defended the call up of a record number of rookies.
"It is a team that gets you sitting on the edge of your seat. Week-in week-out they've been fantastic for their clubs, so why not?" he said.
"I wasn't concerned about debutantes. There was no doubt we needed some experienced players there, the key was just getting the right amount of experienced players and making sure they were fit as well.
"From a point of view of debutantes, I don't think these days the kids don't seem to care as much as we did in the past."
Injury Clouds Hover
Fittler was keen to dismiss any injury concerns, with James Roberts and Jack de Belin both suffering knocks in the past few weeks.
Roberts has the OK from medical staff about his troubling Achilles' heel while de Belin is on the road to 100 per cent fitness after a hip pointer issue that has plagued him in recent weeks.
"Pretty much everyone will train," Fittler said.
The Centres Issue
Fittler had previously said James Maloney wasn't a Blues guarantee, but his combination alongside Panther's centre partner Nathan Cleary in their demolition of the Dragons secured his spot.
Maloney's effort in defence has been a concern for Fittler, but he believes his efforts on Saturday have shown he deserves a sport on the side.
"There's been an improvement without a doubt... he seems to have bettered his defence," Fittler said.
James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters
Tom Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
Latrell Mitchell (Sydney Roosters)
James Roberts (Brisbane Broncos)
Josh Addo-Carr (Melbourne Storm)
James Maloney (Penrith Panthers)
Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)
David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers)
Boyd Cordner (c) (Sydney Roosters)
Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Jack de Belin (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Paul Vaughan (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
Angus Crichton (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Tyrone Peachey (Penrith Panthers)
Tariq Sims (St George Illawarra Dragons) and Nick Cotric (Canberra Raiders) have joined the team as the 18th and 19th man.