Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne is a $1.70 favourite with Sportingbet Australia to wear the number 1 jersey for NSW in game one of the 2013 State Of Origin series.
Sportingbet Australia CEO Michael Sullivan said Hayne deserves to be the frontrunner for the position after scans revealed Brett Stewart could be sidelined for up to six weeks, ruling the Manly fullback out of Origin game 1.
“Hayne’s the obvious favourite as he can shift from the wing and he’s filled the position previously for the Blues back in 2010,” Sullivan said.
“Michael Gordon has been in sensational form at fullback for Cronulla though and deserves to be towards the top of the market,” Sullivan said.
Gordon is a $4.50 equal second favourite with Sportingbet along with Anthony Minichiello, who played fullback for NSW during the 2011 series.
Stewart is in the market at $6 in the event he makes a rapid recovery. Former NSW Captain Kurt Gidley is a $21 chance with Sportingbet.
Who will be NSW fullback for 2013 State Of Origin Game 1?
Sportingbet Australia market
Jarryd Hayne $1.70
Michael Gordon $4.50
Anthony Minichiello $4.50
Brett Stewart $6
Any other Player $7
Kurt Gidley $21
James Tedesco $51