BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Latrell Mitchell of the Blues reacts to the loss 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 Jono Searle/Getty Images)

Every year there is a hard luck story when it comes to missing Origin selection. 2020 looks like a year that will have multiple such hard luck stories.

This comes due to the absolutely emergence of incredible Origin-level talent combined with the fact that games will be played at the end of the season.

Below are 10 players who are eligible for Origin selection but will probably miss out.

Of course a lot can happen between now but looking at the quality of players listed below, I don’t hold any fears that the standard of the series will drop off despite being played post finals.


10. Josh Mansour

The Penrith winger is in supreme form right now and would be very much in the talk if Origin were being played in its normal time slot. That said, unless Josh Addo Carr or Blake Ferguson suffer an injury or major fall from grace then there simply isn’t room for Josh Mansour. If the Blues are looking for a quick fix after falling 1-0 behind then Brett Morris (if he declares himself available) is the obvious choice. There’s one other option I’d say is slightly ahead of him also.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 23: Josh Mansour of the Panthers looks on during the NRL trial match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Penrith Panthers at Redfern Oval on February 23, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)