SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 02: (L-R) Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs and Cody Walker of the Rabbitohs talk before the round eight NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium on May 02, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

South Sydney hasn’t provided too many stars to New South Wales in recent years, but that appears set to shift in 2019, with four current and two former Bunnies set to earn a call-up.

Dual premiership winner and incumbent Kangaroos’ five-eighth Luke Keary is all but certain to make his Blues debut in Game I of the series, despite growing up in Ipswich. Proof that the old ‘Greg Inglis loophole’ can go both ways.

And his halves partner? Following the shocking form of Nathan Cleary and his Penrith side, former Origin half Adam Reynolds appears set to be recalled three years after his last appearance in a sky blue jersey.

The tattooed Redfern junior’s game has matured under the tutelage of Wayne Bennett, and he’s playing his best football since leading the club to their 21st premiership in 2014. His halves partner that year?

Luke Keary.

But who could forget about current Souths’ number six, Cody Walker? If he was knocking on the Origin door after his four-try haul against the Warriors, then the door is well and truly off the hinges by the end of Round 9. While he may not feature in the starting side, Fittler has already started stitching the name ‘Walker’ into the back of the number 14 jersey.

Damien Cook will undoubtedly retain his spot at hooker, especially following a huge performance on Sunday against the Cowboys that saw him record three try-assists, two linebreaks, 45 tackles and a try of his own.

Cameron Murray may only be 21 and 90 kilograms, but he plays well above his age, and his weight. Murray is so highly rated by Bennett, it pushed Sam Burgess out of the 13 jersey and onto the right edge. While his speed and agility for a middle forward is eye-catching, the quickness of his play the balls is his most promising feature.

While most assume Murray will be named on the bench with Jake Trbojevic at lock, don’t be surprised to see Murray start the game.

In the opening two games of last year’s series, Fittler started de Belin at lock with Trbojevic on the bench. The perk of having Jake come off the bench is he gets injected around the 20-minute mark, when the opposition is tired, and plays the last hour of the game without a spell. Hence why Murray very well could start in his Origin debut.

Last but not least is former Rabbitoh Angus Crichton, who featured off the bench for the Blues in all three games last year. While his form hasn’t been eye-catching, he can’t be blamed for being overshadowed by the likes of Mitchell, Tedesco, Keary and Cordner, who’re all playing near career-best football, and will feature alongside Crichton in the New South Wales 17.

South Sydney have only had four players run out for the Blues in the last decade, (Nathan Merritt, Adam Reynolds, Damien Cook and Angus Crichton). They’re set to have four in just a single game, and a fifth team member on the field, with Dane Gagai expected to line up on the wing for Queensland.

Just two weeks out from selections, expect a whole heap of red and green sprinkled on a sky blue team sheet.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Well done Rabbits.

    I for one am enjoying the style of footy you are playing.

    Cue the peanut………

  2. Team not selected as yet but nevertheless a great accolade to those mentioned from this great club.

  3. Reynolds
    Cook
    Murray
    Gagai
    Walker bench.

    All 4 blues deserve to be there on form and Gagai although a little quiet this year gets a start for Qld too. Surely no arguments except from the biggest muppet on ZT 🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔💩💩💩💩💩

  4. Waiting to see if rooster Fittler pics overrated Radley over Cameron Murray.
    Rort of the year.

  5. I thought you was only a crawler liccka 👅👅👅👅👅👅 for Kev. He will be so disappointed when he reads your having a liccker affair with souffffffffffffffffffs fans👅👅🤣😂🤣😂🤣🎱 Brown 💩👃 nose. By the way redv13 don’t you go for St Illawarra ya CLOWN🤣🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

  6. Radley has proven his ability to play big game pressure footy winning against soufffffffffffs in the finals last season and winning a grand final. Murray has proven his worth by losing a preliminary final. To early for Murray to debut. could turn him into another Brath Anasta.💪🎱👍 = = =🐓🏆

  7. My NSW Team
    1)James Tedesco
    2)Josh Addo-Carr
    3)Latrell Mitchell
    4)Jarrod Crocker
    5)Blake Ferguson
    6)Luke Keary
    7)Adam Reynolds
    8)David Klemmer
    9)Damien Cook
    10)Jake Trbojevic
    11)Boyd Cordner
    12)Tyson Frizell
    13)Dale Finucane

    14)Cody Walker
    15)Paul Vaughan
    16)Cameron Murray
    17)Angus Chrighton

    18)Campbell Graham
    19)Chad Townsend
    20)Victor Radley

    Backs: JAC and Teddy pick themselves. Latrell will play, even if he is still slightly impacted by injury. Crocker deserves the spot over Ramien, as he is the far superior player. Fergo is a must.

    Halves: 2014 Premiership halves. A mix of kicking games, running games and both in form. Reynolds can goal kick as well.

    Forwards: No Sims or De Belin. Finucane finally deserves a spot. The rest pick themselves.

    Bench: Fast, skilful, inform and give the spark needed in Origin. They are all young and the future of the team.

    Reserves: A back, half and forward. They can all be somewhat of a utility if there is an injury in camp. Freddy seems to like these players. Could play in the near future.

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