ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 04: Jack Wighton of the Blues runs onto the field during game one of the 2020 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at the Adelaide Oval on November 04, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Reigning Dally M winner Jack Wighton will wear the No. 6 jersey for the first time in State of Origin on Wednesday week.

Wighton will start at No. 6 for NSW for the first time after Penrith's Jarome Luai was ruled out through injury.

Luai injured his medial ligament in his knee while playing in the Panthers' one-point win over Parramatta on Friday night.

Wighton has made seven appearances for NSW as a center or on the bench but Blues adviser Greg Alexander confirmed Wighton will run out in his preferred position in Game III.

“We’ll have a new five-eighth, which will be Jack Wighton,” Alexander told Fox League and reported by Simon Brunsdon.

“So now we need a new 14. I’m not sure yet, it’s all just happened.”

It is unknown who will partner Wighton in the halves as Nathan Cleary was ruled out with a shoulder injury, however, the two front runners are Mitchell Moses and Adam Reynolds.

Moses was unable to drag the Eels to a win over Penrith on Friday night, while Reynolds will have his chance to impress Blues coach Brad Fittler against Wests Tigers today.




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