BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: James Tedesco of the Blues makes a break during game one of the 2019 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 05, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

NSW has named fullback James Tedesco as Boyd Cordner’s vice-captain for the remainder of the State of Origin series.

Blues coach Brad Fittler wants a designated skipper on the park if Cordner needs time to rest in game two, and the Roosters’ fullback is thrilled to be handed the new position.

“I feel privileged every time I pull on the blue jumper for NSW and it’s a tremendous honour to represent your state and all the fans who support us,” Tedesco told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’m very humbled to have been selected as vice-captain as there are so many champion players to choose from in our team.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to support my captain Boyd Cordner and lead by example to ensure the shield remains in NSW.”


  1. Maybe this is Fittler’s push to have Tedesco as the Kangaroo fullback but Ponga is a walkin in most eyes.
    A class above Tedesco and all other fullbacks in the NRL.

  2. Explain how you think teddy isn’t in the same class as Ponga right now? There 2019 stats are pretty much identical, however I do agree Ponga will be the next Australian fullback and he will be arguably the best player in the game in a few years.

    The winger Souths have playing fullback will never be half the player teddy is and your stain will never win a premiership while they have that dud playing fullback.

  3. WHy do all you toothless south fans always forget to mention Souths have only made the finals 6 times in the nrl? Or how it takes 43 years to win a premiership?

    It amazes me how jealous of the roosters you all are. Souths have literally had 1 good year in 46 years. You all support a loser club that depends on a kiwi to stay in the game.

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