BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: James Tedesco of the Blues takes on the defence 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 Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

All eyes are on fullback James Tedesco ahead of State of Origin after he was seen with his knee strapped and running straight lines at the Blues training on Tuesday morning.

Tedesco suffered a grade-two medial ligament strain in the Roosters' semi-final against the Raiders and now has one week to secure his No.1 jumper for the NSW Blues.

“I just had to get it moving today with straight-line running, and it felt really stable and strong,’’ Tedesco told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“On Thursday there will be more volume and getting the legs ticking over at a higher pace and longer distance. Then Saturday will be getting into the team stuff, lateral movement and side stepping.

“So I’d say Saturday will be the big test. I’m feeling good in my head and I’m confident.’’

Clint Gutherson and Ryan Papenhuyzen are the top two considered for the role if Tedesco had to sit out the opening game.

If Gutherson, the Dally M runner-up, is thrown in the centres however, Papenhuyzen will get his shot down back replacing Tedesco.

All tough calls for coach Brad Fittler but Tedesco is more than confident there wont be any issues.



  1. Easy choice.

    If Tedesco is out the Dally M fullback of the year (and rightful Dally M player of the year) deserves the spot.

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