SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 13: Robbie Farah of the Blues, Jack Bird of the Blues and Wade Graham of the Blues sing the national anthem before game three of the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on July 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

NSW Origin Side: Who will be picked vs who SHOULD be picked


With less than two months until the first Origin game, attention has incredibly turned to speculation over just who will make the side.

Some of the players being named in many fan sides are surprising, to say the least, while form players continue to be overlooked in favour of players who were at their peak years ago.

Will the Blues pick the relegated Robbie Farah? Will Aaron Woods be named captain or will Boyd Cordner get the job? Will Mitch Pearce return to the Blues fold despite a horrible record at this level?

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Below are the sides that I believe will be named, the side I would personally name, and the side that would be picked if form were the ultimate decider. For the purpose of this, I haven’t taken too much notice of left/right side centres/wingers etc, and only players with genuine Origin hopes are named in the form side.

The first player named is the one I believe will be selected, the second the player I’d pick, the third the player who should be picked on form.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on the side, let’s see yours!

Fullback

Will be picked: James Tedesco
Who I would pick: James Tedesco
Who should be picked on form: Tom Trbojevic

There is supposed discussion about whether to go with Tedesco or Moylan, but surely there can be no discussion here. James Tedesco is head and shoulders above all other contenders for the role and any other choice would become an absolute injustice. Despite an indifferent start to the season for his club side, Tedesco has still looked like the megastar he is. Tommy Turbo has been the form fullback eligible for the Blues in the opening rounds and has a huge rep future ahead of him.

Wing

Will be picked: Blake Ferguson
Who I would pick: Tom Trbojevic
Who should be picked on form: Daniel Tupou

Ferguson has a mortgage on a wing spot following his efforts for the Kangaroos in last year’s four-nations tournament. Tommy Turbo has more than enough experience in the outside backs to justify a wing position. For mine, he simply has to be in the side somewhere. Daniel Tupou has been in brilliant form for the Roosters and would shade the others if that were the only aspect.

Centre:

Will be picked: Josh Dugan
Who I would pick: Jarrod Croker
Who should be picked on form: Jarrod Croker

Much like Ferguson, Dugan will be picked based on incredible efforts at rep level despite not being his club position. To beat Queensland, we are going to have to score big points, and there is no more prolific point scorer than the in form Jarrod Croker. He started the season late due to injury but has shown more than enough to justify an Origin jumper than is well over due. The obvious choice for the kicker.

Centre

Will be picked: Michael Jennings
Who I would pick: Joey Leilua
Who should be picked on form: Dylan Walker

Jennings always plays well above his club form while wearing the sky blue and no one could begrudge him a spot in the side as a result. I would pick the Raiders centres based on the fact they have been the best two in their position for 12 months now. Dylan Walker has lit the competition up across the opening six rounds and is arguably the form centre of the competition. If he is picked in his correct position, he is Origin worthy.

Wing

Will be picked: Brett Morris
Who I would pick: Brett Morris
Who should be picked on form: Akuila Uate

Josh Mansour is the obvious choice, but won’t be ready come selection for game one. Brett Morris is one of the best wingers of the modern generation and should be picked based on his proud record at rep level, combined with the fact that there simply aren’t many players busting down the door to displace him. Akuila Uate has enjoyed a great start to the season and is in the top few, form-wise. Incredible but true.

Five-eighth

Will be picked: James Maloney
Who I would pick: James Maloney
Who should be picked on form: Luke Keary

There is absolutely no decision to make here, the Sharks number six is the man to fill the position for the Blues. He will miss plenty of tackles, but he will create more opportunities than almost any other half in the competition. The ultimate competitor, there can be no discussion here. Maloney plays, whether that be at five-eighth of half if the only question. Luke Keary has shaded even the brilliant Sharks pivot thus far and if he were willing to be selected, wouldn’t look out of position.

Halfback

Will be picked: Mitchell Pearce
Who I would pick: Adam Reynolds
Who should be picked on form: Cody Walker

Despite his poor record at this level, Laurie Daley seems committed to picking the Roosters number seven. He has been brilliant at club level over the years but has never been able to lift to the next level. Time to move on. Adam Reynolds has the best kicking game of those players eligible and should be picked as such. Cody Walker is the form half of the competition at the moment and although his selection would shock the world, it shouldn’t. The number on his back wouldn’t matter.

Prop

Will be picked: Aaron Woods
Who I would pick: Paul Vaughan
Who should be picked on form: Paul Vaughan

Aaron Woods will be selected, and likely named as captain. He is a Laurie Daley favourite and hasn’t let anyone down in seasons past. Paul Vaughan is head and shoulders above all others when it comes to form. He should be the first player selected, other than Tedesco or perhaps Maloney. If he isn’t in the side, NSW isn’t serious.

Hooker

Will be picked: Robbie Farah
Who I would pick: Damien Cook
Who should be picked on form: Cameron McInnes

Does anyone actually believe Daley won’t go with Farah? Don’t get me wrong, Farah has done himself proud over the years for the Blues and would put in 110% effort, but I believe it is time to move on. I would go with Damien Cook as he has the attacking abilities to burst the game open at any time. For the Blues to win, they need as many avenues of attack as possible. If picked purely on form, Cameron McInnes should already have been fitted for his blue jersey.

Prop

Will be picked: Shannon Boyd
Who I would pick: Andrew Fifita
Who should be picked on form: Andrew Fifita

Shannon Boyd is an absolute colossus and had a brilliant Four Nations tournament. He will bend the Queensland line and make plenty of metres. I just don’t believe he can play the minutes required just yet. Andrew Fifita is the most damaging prop in the game when he’s on, just ask the thirty Storm defenders he carried over the line in last year’s decider. He will be in the side, but I’d start him. He and Vaughan can set the tone.

Second Row

Will be picked: Boyd Cordner
Who I would pick: Boyd Cordner
Who should be picked on form: Boyd Cordner

Absolute no brainer. Cordner is there, and for mine, he is named the captain. The ultimate professional on and off the field, there is no better player, or man, to take over from Paul Gallen. Only injury can stop the in-form Cordner from returning to the side after injury hurt his role last season. Easy.

Second Row

Will be picked: Tyson Frizell
Who I would pick: Wade Graham
Who should be picked on form: Wade Graham

Frizell had a dream start to his NSW rep career and will be named this season, injury aside.

Lock

Will be picked: David Klemmer
Who I would pick: Tyson Frizell
Who should be picked on form: Jack de Belin

David Klemmer will likely be named at lock, giving the side three big forwards in the centre. His size and aggression are what Origin is all about. I would pick Frizell in the position, although I expect him to be named out wide. The roles are somewhat linked so it wouldn’t overly matter, but I just think Graham is a little more dangerous when running wide, and Frizell can make more metres tucking the footy under his arm early. Jack de Belin is in career best form and should be in serious consideration. On form, he’s already there.

Bench

Will be picked: Andrew Fifita, Jake Trbojevic, Wade Graham, Jack Bird
Who I would pick: Ryan James, Tyrone Peachey, Jake Trbojevic, Jack Bird
Who should be picked on form: Tyrone Peachey, Jake Trbojevic, Tyson Frizell, Dale Finucane

Fifita, Turbo, Jackson and Bird are all rep players to the core. No worries there and the bench would offer plenty of impact. I’d start Fifita, but I can understand holding him back. Turbo can play at lock or front row and is a superstar in the making. Much like Fifita, I’d start Graham too, but he’s more likely to be named on the bench. Jack Bird can play almost any position on the field. I would go for more skill than size in adding Peachey. The Blues need an X-Factor and no one offers more than the freakish back rower. Turbo and Bird are automatic selections. Ryan James offers far more than the likes of Woods and Boyd for mine. On form, Frizell is probably just below the others listed but will be there. Finucane is knocking on the door. Turbo is once again automatic. Peachey has been in great form. He won’t be picked, but he should be.

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61 COMMENTS

  1. Been saying for years now, Ryan James should be playing origin. He was unlucky not to get Dally M prop last year, and was in the top 5 for the Dally M medal. He broke the all time record for the most tries by a prop in a season (12 tries) last year. Due to our injury toll this year he has also played 80 minutes in multiple games. He’s got some mongrel in him too which you definitely need in the origin arena. I dunno, I guess I might be bias but in my eyes I think he deserves a shot.

  2. Good article. But who’s the Jackson you mention in the final paragraph? And also Turbo is Tommy T not Jake.

  3. Laurie can’t pick Pearce , has had to many chances, plus no kicking game , Reynolds kicking game is to valuable, Walker is best suited at 5/8 and if Maloney were to get injured he would be a better option than Keary whose defence is very sus.

    The squad looks good , Cordner would be my choice for captain. i believe that NSW will start a small dynasty in origin and Daly will remain as coach for a long time.

    • Robbie farah is an origin great. Always performs well on the big stage and has even outplayed Cameron smith. hes the 3rd best hooker in the game after smith and issac luke

    • Robbie Farah is an origin great. Always performs well on the big stage and has even outplayed Cameron Smith many times. Hes the 3rd best hooker in the game after Smith and Issac Luke.

        • Good point SSTID wallace and Farah are a step backwards although Reynolds shouldon’t be given the 9, his defence is horrible I’d pick peats if he comes back good 9 for him, but at the moment wallace, just until someone really steps up. Cook proved me wrong tonight, was brilliant in a losing team.

        • If Peats was fit had played since round 1 with last years form there wouldn’t even be a discussion. He is returning from a long lay off and has to get his timing back and prove his fitness. Easier said than done. Looking at J. Reynolds today, everything about his efforts cried SOO! I think he could handle the defence in the middle (well better than Wallace and probably Cook who for X-factor gets selected hands down). If I was picking the team I would pick J. Reynolds at hooker. Pity Cook couldn’t come off the bench for impact back I think Peachey covers more positions and still has X-factor. I think Daley will pick Farah in any case unfortunately.

    • I think today’s games showed that Josh Reynolds would be the ideal choice at hooker for NSW (don’t forget Reynolds was a hooker at the Dogs who couldn’t get a start over Mick Ennis). Reynolds’ desperation, energy, determination and one percenters have ORIGIN stamped all over them. Cook is the only other option that has X-factor but questionable defence (particularly at origin level) and Nathan Peats has been starved of football and has an uphill challenge to prove he should be thrown the number 9 jersey. Farah and Wallace would be a backward step, they might as well just select Paul Gallen, Luke Lewis, Josh Morris, Mitchell Pearce… They will probably select Farah and Pearce in any case which just goes to show the mindset of those pulling the strings for NSW.

      • Nathan Peats looked good last night. His organisation around the ruck was outstanding and origin level. Maybe Reynolds or Cook could get a bench spot ahead of Peachey? Peachey covers more positions and has X-factor, Cook has the attacking flair and speed from dummy half that can turn a game (he can also cover the halves), likewise J. Reynolds who has origin in his DNA! Tough choice, can’t imagine anyone else could do the job at hooker though.

    • Your Joking
      The one game Robbie missed these past few years M Innes played and we got beaten by 50
      Robbie’s defence with over 60 tackles per origin game is paramount to the Blues
      You also need some experience in the side NOT just youth

  4. Tedesco
    T Trbojevic
    Dugan
    Bird
    Hayne
    Moylan
    A Reynolds
    Woods
    Peats
    James
    Cordner
    Frizzel
    J Trbojevic

    Graham
    Jackson
    Vaughan
    Klemmer

    • I like this team. Just take out Hayne for Brett Morris or Ferguson and Woods out for Fifita. Maybe Croker over Dugan too.

  5. Nsw have the better team available to them, let’s hope we pick on form and not just because they were there previously. Exciting young players in backs and forward nsw have

  6. 1. James Tedesco
    2. Blake Ferguson
    3. Daniel Tupou
    4. Jarrod Croker
    5. Joey Leilua
    6. James Maloney
    7. Adam Reynolds
    8. Andrew Fafita
    9. Nathan Peats (if injured or not in form Damien Cook)
    10. Paul Vaughan
    11. Boyd Cordner (C)
    12. Tyson Frizell
    13. Ryan James
    14. Shannon Boyd
    15. David Klemmer
    16. Wade Graham
    17. Jack Bird (utility value)

    18th Man. Trent Merrin

  7. I’m starting to really like the look of Adam Reynolds as he matures and he’s always nailing clutch plays. Here’s my revised team I would pick.

    1 Tedesco (behind a good pack he’s number 1 in the game)
    2 Trbojevic (awesome player who has already shown hes going to have a long rep career and his metres and speed make him a perfect back for nsw to build sets on and is tall which provides a kicking target)
    3 Walker (solid in defence and with that comes the ability to tear up any team with his speed and footwork)
    4 Bird (tough, versatile and has amazing strength)
    5 Uate/Taufua (both are amazing in strength, try scoring and metres aswell as pace)
    6 Maloney (Mr reliable and always performs on the big stage probably not in the 2016 form but too good to leave out)
    7 Reynolds (kicking and passing game world class and nails clutch plays)
    8 Fifita (BEAST and offloading)
    9 Wallace (kicking game and class passing)
    10 James (always performs and is still one of the best front rowers)
    11 Cordner (captain and a world class backrower)
    12 Jackson (vastly underrated and brings with him quality defence)
    13 Trbojevic (best defender in the game and was made for origin)

    14 Reynolds (gets under peoples skins and brings spark)
    15 Klemmer (mongrel and meters)
    16 Frizzell (built like Taumalolo and has great defence)
    17 Graham (ball playing and kicking and hole running)

    • Only four manly players in the starting 13 Holmsey? I’m surprised you weren’t still pushing for Lussick to get a run.

  8. Hey SSTID_1970 did I not say the Dogs would win 8+ today? We played so well the 2nd half. Have a good Easter mate and same with everybody else on this site!

    • Dogs too good on the day. Souths were worse than average, the Dogs were just average. AJ’s gift try to Reynolds turned the game (Josh Reynolds was the difference between the two teams). Then Souths bombed 3 tries at the start of the second half and had a late try disallowed because of an academy award acting performance from J. Reynolds who purposely ran behind Sutton to claim obstruction! Two professional fouls by the the Dogs on their line weren’t even penalised!

      Still, Souths were garbage and need to dump most of their outside backs! Jennings can’t defend and has no idea on timing and how to draw a defender for a two on one overlap! A try went beginning because he took the ball to the line! Cherrington will get a shot next week either way which should be a step forward. Adam Reynolds short kicking game deserted him today and Souths (through Walker) were too timid to exploit the Dogs up and in defence with a kick to the corner. They just looked pedestrian. Both teams completion rates were disappointing Dogs 72% and Rabbitohs 70%.

      Broncos fans will get an even easier two points next week with Sam Burgess likely to be suspended for “what passes as a shoulder charge this season”. Separation by a mile but it is still a shoulder charge? The rules change each year what chance do the players have? Souths have to go back to the drawing board fast!

      • Apart from the completion rate, the Dogs were actually pretty good. They just needed to kick into gear earlier on. The tries that were denied from the bunker were the right calls. With the Sutton one, he wasn’t even onside to begin with! He was in the Dogs’ defensive line the whole time so that play is cancelled out.

        • No excuses mate, your guys deserved the win. Congrats. Dogs were better, largely due to Josh Reynolds. Until the disallowed “obstruction” try the game was close. The Dogs ran away with it in the end but a similar thing happened in the 2014 GF, the game was closer for most of the match than the end score indicated.

          With the Sutton call though he ran through as a decoy and then did not run through the defensive line was what I remember. Josh Reynolds used Sutton as an excuse to have the play nullified. Sutton was BEHIND him and he knew it so he took a step backwards and then feigned interference. THAT call changed the game. It would have been one converted try the difference with about 10 mins to go.

          At the end of the day Souths bombed 3 tries and gifted the Dogs 1 so they had their chance. Had the Rabbitohs won that one I would still have been disappointed because they were TERRIBLE! Like I said congrats in any case, but I am still disappointed.

  9. Bottom line here is that Souths don’t have the cattle out wide, forwards are good, our backs are the problem, without Inglis we have no strike power, we will not make the top eight, but hope that we identify our weakness in the off season and adjust accordingly, also i think Sutton is passed it , great player but needs to retire gracefully

    • penso, there is no speed in Souths outside backs (Jennings has reasonable speed but cant pass or tackle). AJ is our fastest by the looks of it but seems a yard or two slower than previous years. No fast young players coming through. Both Burgess twins are still not putting in and are taking up space in the cap and on the field, Cherrington would do better but is not being given a chance.

      Also Turner and Clark don’t belong in the front row (although both play with guts) and Kyle is doing a great job but he lacks the size, or at least weight to do any real damage. There are some good young players coming through but they are either still to young or recovering from injury. Whatever way you look at it Souths are substandard at present and there is no shape to our play or attack and the kicking game of both halves is way off the mark and must improve. THREE bombed tries penso! And one try disallowed because J. Reynolds conned the ref! Still, compare the form of both the Dogs and the Rabbitohs to the Broncos and Titans and both teams are a long way off the mark.

      In regards to Sutton being passed it, mate he was gassed BEFORE the Jackson try which was only scored because Cody Walker over pursued Josh Reynolds and should have released him to the outside defender and held back to defend the gap (that Jackson subsequently ran into).

      Maguire stuffed up his forward rotation big time! Look at the numbers below:

      Zane Musgrove (21 yrs) 19
      Tom Burgess (24 yrs) 41 mins
      George Burgess (24 yrs) 32 mins
      Kyle Turner (25 yrs) 49 mins
      Jason Clark (27 yrs) 32 mins
      Robbie Farah (33 yrs) 44 mins (a noted 80 min player!)

      John Sutton (32 yrs) 71 mins!!!!

      • Sutton was completely spent, nothing left in the tank, and was left out on the field exposed to let in 2 tries and cause one to be disallowed due to obstruction because he stopped at the line instead of running through the defensive line. He was gone mate! Madge has a LOT of explaining to do IMO, just look at the mins above, WHY was Sutton made to play 71 mins? Turner and Clark are back rowers, Farah could have played in the back row and Cook could have played at hooker, Musgrove SURELY could have played more than 19 mins to allow Turner to drop back to his more familiar position of back rower. Face it, Madge totally stuffed his forward rotation!

  10. My team if I was a selector. Feel free to criticise away.

    1. Tedesco
    2. T Turbo
    3. Leilua
    4. Bird
    5. Dugan
    6. Maloney
    7. A Reynolds
    8. Woods
    9. Cook/Peats
    10. Vaughan
    11. Cordner
    12. Frizzell
    13. Jake T
    14. Fifita
    15. Boyd
    16. Wade Graham
    17. Peachey

  11. Farah, Pearce, Ferguson, Tupou and Uate shouldn’t even be in the reckoning. All are over rated at Origin level and don’t really bring anything to the table.
    Cordner (c) , Fifita, Tedesco, Frizell, Maloney, Bird and Peachey should be the only ones locked in IMHO – you could make arguments for and against any of the others.

    • I didn’t have him in my team but I fully expect Fergo to be there. He was awarded best player during the kangaroo tour last year and he his form this year has been alright.

      • i dont think there will be any souths or eels players named this year 🙁
        the only one with an outside chance is M Jennings (not R) , been playing well this year but time should pass him by

  12. This is my team for 2017, looking to the future! A few omissions compared to other people, I don’t rate Woods or Jackson and I do not believe Fergeson or Klemmer are showing form deserving of being selected for Origin. I am a massive fan of picking on form, we can not follow QLD on showing faith when we are not winning!

    1. Tedesco
    2. T. Trbojevic
    3. Leilua
    4. Dugan
    5. B. Morris
    6. Maloney
    7. A Reynolds/Pearce
    8. J. Trbojevic
    9. McInnes
    10. Vaughan
    11. Cordner
    12. Frizzell
    13. DeBelin
    14. Fifita
    15. Boyd
    16. Wade Graham
    17. J. Bird

    Just my opinion, I welcome other peoples thoughts.

    • Mate, there’s a lot of Saints players in there, are you sure you got the right Leiluia? We want to win, you know. Jokes aside, it’s a pretty good side. I wouldn’t quibble if they picked it.

  13. 1. James Tedesco
    2. Tom Trbjovic
    3. Jack Bird
    4. Josh Dugan
    5. Blake Ferguson
    6. James Maloney
    7. Adam Reynolds
    8. Andrew Fifita
    9. Damien Cook
    10. Matt Prior
    11. Boyd Cordner
    12. Tyson Frizell
    13. Wade Graham
    ———————–
    14. Tyrone Peachey
    15. Jack DeBelin
    16. Dale Finucane
    17. David Klemmer

    1. Darius Boyd
    2. Corey Oates
    3. Dane Gagai
    4. Will Chambers
    5. Valentine Holmes
    6. Michael Morgan
    7. Cooper Cronk
    8. Josh Papalii
    9. Cameron Smith
    10. Dylan Napa
    11. Coen Hess
    12. Matt Gillett
    13. Josh McGuire
    ———————-
    14. Ethan Lowe
    15. Sam Thaiday
    16. Luke Bateman
    17. Jarrod Wallace

  14. New South Wales – Who I Would Pick
    1. James Tedesco
    2. Tom Trbojevic
    3. Josh Dugan
    4. Jack Bird
    5. James Roberts
    6. James Maloney
    7. Adam Reynolds
    8. Aaron Woods
    9. Robbie Farah
    10. Ryan James
    11. Boyd Cordner
    12. Tyson Frizell
    13. Jake Trbojevic
    BENCH
    14. Wade Graham
    15. Andrew Fifita
    16. David Klemmer
    17. Paul Vaughan
    NEAR MISSES
    M.Pearce, T.Merrin, T.Peachey, J.Reynolds, S.Boyd, J. DeBelin, B.Morris, L.Mitchell, M.Prior,

  15. 1 Tedesco
    2 Turbo
    3 Bird
    4 Dugan
    5 Fergoson
    6 Maloney
    7 Pearce
    8 Woods
    9 Peats
    10 James
    11 Cordner
    12 Graham
    13 Finucane

    14 Cook
    15 Fifita
    16 Frizell
    17 Vaughan

  16. Tom Trbojevic and Jake Trbojevic again today showed why they should be among the first picked for blues.

  17. 1.James Tedesco
    2.Tom Trbojevic
    3.Jarrod Crocker
    4.Josh Dugan
    5.Blake Ferguson
    6.James Maloney
    7.Mitchell Pearce

    8.Andrew Fifita
    9.Cameron McInnes
    10.Aaron Woods
    11.Boyd Cordner
    12.Tyson Frizell
    13.David Klemmer

    14.Jack Bird
    15.Josh Jackson
    16.Wade Graham
    17.Ryan James

    I can definently see this team regaining the origin trophy as it promotes the young blooded players and also includes the stability provided by some older more experienced players.The only thing Cameron McInnes doesn’t have at the moment is a kicking game which Laurue could easily work on with him but otherwise he is in career best form that’s why he gets the nod as hooker. I like the go forward of 3 Big men in the middle to start with and Cordner on the edge and frizell on the other.Graham Doesn’t start because he can only play on one edge and it’s the same on as Cordner. I like Te idea of Jackson off the bench seeing as he can also play hooker. At the moment no stand out wingers but the city vs country match will give us a clearer decision on who will be at the back with Tedesco and Most likely Ferguson.Centres are tough but I think Crocker and Dugan is the best pairing in a while and Crocker beats Leilua and Roberts.Utility Jack Bird or Peachy and Ryan James or another explosive prop caps off the team. That is my explanation of what the NSW team should look like for game 1. leave your thoughts and ideas for me to review

  18. I think for the best if Keary isn’t selected. We finally got out of the controversy will GI and Folau. We don’t need more with him. I believe that he’s a QLDer and I get why the NRL says no and why NSW fans say no but I feel it’s for the best if he wasn’t selected at all.

  19. 1. Teddy
    2. Turbo tom
    3. Leuilua
    4. Walker
    5. Ferguson
    6. Bird
    7. Reynolds
    8. Woods
    9. Wallace
    10. Boyd
    11. Coroner
    12. Frizell
    13. Jake trobovic
    14. Peachey
    15. Fifita
    16. Klemmer
    17. Ryan James

    Wade graham, James Maloney and Dugan as back ups

  20. Seriously Tupou aren’t the roosters trying to offload him to parra and manly
    Honestly there’s better
    What about Wallace on form he’s been terrific at hooker

  21. As a QLD (QLD’er) I rather get a prostate exam from Edward Scissor hands then talk about NSW and how Laurie the snow Daley will stuff things up but as a QLD (QLD’er)
    I’ll help Daley out this should be nsw going forward

    1Tedesco speed footwork has it all
    2Trbojevic freak
    3Dugan big strong
    4Leilua unleash him we QLD’er would hate you too
    5Mansour (Yes he will out game one but this is going forward as a team)
    6Maloney experience
    7Reynolds no not the grub Adam has the kicking game to kill QLD’er
    8Woods future
    9 Peats future/Wallace on form
    10 Fafita like Mason and gal back in the day you need some QLD’er hate his ability for a big guy is
    Out of this world
    11 Cordner defense and attack through the middle he’s a handful
    12 Frizell future
    13 Grahem tough good defender

    14 Bird utility
    15 Klemmer big ugly bugger lol with aggression nsw need it
    16 Vaughn he the goods young but blood him
    17 James his Time has come
    There you go my advice to snoz
    18Th man Merrin

    • Dam friggin auto correct you ruined my joke
      It was ment to be oh screw I’ll do it again Laurie The Snoz Daley
      Thank you thank you

    • “I rather get a prostate exam from Edward Scissor hands”

      So would we!

      “Dam friggin auto correct you ruined my joke”

      No, you are perfectly capable of ruining your own “Dam” jokes as it is. They aren’t even funny to start with.

  22. 1. Tedesco (Best fb in the game)
    2. Turbo (needs to be there on form)
    3. Croker (Both Raiders centers are best in
    4. Leilua the NRL, finding 2016 form now)
    5. Mansour/Fergo Both strong close to line
    6. Maloney Mr reliable
    7. Reynolds Best kicker we have
    8. Woods
    9. Peats if fit/otherwise Wallace
    10. Boyd
    11. Cordner
    12. Frizz
    13. Graham

    14. Bird
    15. Vaughan
    16. Fafita
    17. Trbojevic

  23. 1. Tedesco (Moylan)
    2. Morris (Mansour)
    3. Croker (Bird)
    4. Dugan (Leilua)
    5. Trbojevic (Aitken)
    6. Maloney (Cleary)
    7. A Reynolds (Townsend)
    8. Woods (James)
    9. Peats (Brailey)
    10. Fifita (Vaughan)
    11. Cordner (Jackson)
    12. Frizell (JDB)
    13. W Graham (JTurbo)
    14. J Bird (Brailey)
    15. Klemmer (Vaughan)
    16. Merrin (JDB)
    17. J Jackson (Prior)

  24. Pretty well all are decent sides. I wouldn’t pick Croker despite his outstanding club form. He doesn’t strike me as an origin player – to me, he doesn’t play tough enough. Origin is a different beast and requires a particular type of player, which is why Dugan will get selected in the centres no matter that he plays FB for Saints and whatever his form is.

    • The last few years the blues have chosen , Tupou, Jennings, Blake Ferguson, Dugan, Uate over Croker who all on their day are dangerous players but are error prone, can lack effort at times and inconsistent. Although they bring strikepower to your backline none have any ballplaying ability whatsoever and can’t set up tries to save their lives. And don’t give me that Croker isn’t tough when he’s played nearly 200 games (at age 26), and is the heart and soul of Canberra. He reminds me of Darius Boyd. A total footballer that’s calm under pressure. And you can guarantee if Boyd was eligible for NSW he wouldn’t have gotten a game yet because the selectors would be too busy salvitating over Dugan, Uate, and Fergo etc.

      • Every person from 1-17 is a captain or have leadership potential and give 100% effort in every game they play and have delivered consistent performances for their respective teams since the start of their careers.

  25. I know I posted a team above but a little tinkering:

    1. James Tedesco
    2. Tom Trbojevic
    3. Josh Dugan
    4. Joey Leilua
    5. Jarryd Hayne
    6. Matt Moylan
    7. James Maloney
    8. Aaron Woods
    9. Nathan Peats
    10. Ryan James
    11. Boyd Cordner
    12. Tyson Frizzell
    13. Jake Trbojevic

    14. Josh Jackosn
    15. Wade Graham
    16. Trent Merrin
    17. Paul Vaughan

    I see a lot of people have Klemmer in their team and I understand he brings aggression and can eat up meters but he makes too many mistakes and I’m yet to see him control his aggression where a penalty isn’t given. Penalties in club games can set you back but in Origin against a JT/Smith/Cronk like team, they will put you 6 feet underground.

    Fafita is also solid but I think we can get meters and offloads through Woods, James, Graham and Merrin. The backrowers and forwards in the side above are also a lot more consistent.

    Maloney/Moylan combo would be a masterstroke. Both experienced and Maloney controls the team. Nothing against Townsend but without Maloney at eh Sharks, i don’t think they would have any direction or attack. Maloney also doesn’t take [email protected] and will give it back to the Queenslanders. Moylan is a natural 5/8, has so much time when he has the ball. Makes clear sense to play him at 5/8 and let Teddy handle FB.

  26. My NSW side

    1: J Tedesco
    2: B Morris
    3: J Dugan
    4: J Leilua
    5: B Ferguson
    6: J Maloney
    7: A Reynolds
    8: A Woods
    9: N Peats
    10: S Boyd
    11: B Cordner
    12: W Graham
    13: J Bird

    14: T Peachy
    15: A Fifta
    16: D Klemmer
    17: P Vaughn

    18th T Merrin

  27. My team for Origin 1

    1. Tedesco
    2. B Morris
    3. Bird
    4. Leilua
    5. Fergo
    6. Maloney
    7. A Reynolds
    8. Fifita
    9. Peats
    10. Boyd
    11. Cordner
    12. Jackson
    13. Frizzel

    14. Peachy
    15. Klemmer
    16. Vaughn
    17. Graham

  28. My NSW team:

    1. Tedesco
    2. Trobjevic
    3. Jennings
    4. Dugan
    5. Ferguson
    6. Maloney
    7. Pearce
    8. Woods
    9. Peats if fit/Wallace
    10. Fifita
    11. Cordner (C)
    12. Frizell
    13. Klemmer

    14. Bird
    15. Boyd
    16. Graham
    17. Jackson

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