SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: The Blues line up during the Australian national anthem during game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 24, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

NSW coach Brad Fittler has announced one change from Origin II, after the Blues sealed the series with an 18-14 win in Game Two.

Paul Vaughan has replaced Matt Prior and has been named in the front row, while Tariq Sims will come onto the bench to make his Origin debut.

Ryan James has been named as the 18th man, while Prior will be joined by Luke Keary as shadow players for Origin III.

The Blues will be out to claim their first clean sweep since 2000, and will look to do so at Suncorp Stadium on July 11.

NSW’s 18-man squad:

  1. James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters)
  2. Tom Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
  3. Latrell Mitchell (Sydney Roosters)
  4. James Roberts (Brisbane Broncos)
  5. Josh Addo-Carr (Melbourne Storm)
  6. James Maloney (Penrith Panthers)
  7. Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)
  8. David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
  9. Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  10. Paul Vaughan (St George Illawarra Dragons)
  11. Boyd Cordner (c) (Sydney Roosters)
  12. Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons)
  13. Jack de Belin (St George Illawarra Dragons)
  14. Tariq Sims (St George Illawarra Dragons)
  15. Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
  16. Angus Crichton (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  17. Tyrone Peachey (Tyrone Peachey)
  18. Ryan James (Gold Coast Titans)


  1. I’d play Ryan’s James over Tariq Sims but other than that it’s Bang on. James has more ball playing is more overall talented, both players can give away dumb penalties but James can play in the middle or out in the Channels and is a bigger body which is good off the bench. Plus carrying two specialist second rowers (Sims, Crichton) doesn’t make sense when Cordner can play a full 80, and all three only have one position and Peachey also can cover second row. James would be able to play prop lock or second row.

    • I think you’ll find that the reason for two specialist second rowers is Cordner being in doubt. Sims would start and then James would come on bench.

    • Cordner can play the full 80 if he doesn’t get knocked out. Also most Origin players are capable of playing the full 80, it’s about keeping up the intensity through the full 80 with talented players which isn’t a luxury normal teams can afford.

      Other than that I agree, James is the better player and better choice.

  2. Good, Prior should never have been there to start with and Vaughan should have started both games. Feel for James but Simms will do the job as he can play in the middle and on the edge. With qld pick DCE the blues should win this 3 zip.

  3. If Chambers couldn’t hold Latrell with his strength, wonder how he’ll go on Roberts with his speed. Gagai isn’t half the defender as Chambers, so I’m expecting this game to break open. Also I think Walters has just been exposed as the average coach he is, can’t do anything without Smith, Cronk and Thurston. The Broncos probably know this, reason why they’re cold on him being Bennett’s successor.

  4. Well, let’s hope that the Blues can manage some open football in SOO3 instead of the one-out bash and barge that characterised their games in the first two rubbers. Not much point selecting a hugely speedy three-quarter line when those guys just defend all night, and never see some decent ball.
    No doubt that the Maroons played the better football in SOO2, only inability to finish off cost them the match.

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