NSW penpix for State of Origin III

NSW penpix ahead of Wednesday’s State of Origin III rugby league match against Queensland at ANZ Stadium.

Fullback – James Tedesco

Age: 23 Origins: Debut

Tedesco’s stunning NRL form forced Laurie Daley to pick him. Now it’s up to him to prove he is the future of the Blues.

Wing – Blake Ferguson

Age: 26 Origins: 3

Has had little impact on both games so far. Lucky to retain his spot. Is playing for his Blues future.

Centre – Michael Jennings

Age: 28 Origins:17

Had an absolute shocker in game two in attack and defence. Has been an important player for the Blues but could be playing his final Origin game.

Centre – Josh Dugan

Age: 26 Origins: 9

NSW’s player of the series last year plays his first match this year after missing games I and II due to injury. His battle with Greg Inglis will be crucial.

Wing – Josh Mansour

Age: 26 Origins: 2

The tackle-busting Panther has not looked out of place in Origin and has been great working the ball out of yardage for the Blues. Needs to get more involved in attack.

Five-eighth – Jack Bird

Age: 21 Origins: 1

A huge challenge for the Sharks utility coming up against Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston in the halves. But his unpredictability and versatility could be key for NSW.

Halfback – James Maloney

Age: 30 Origins: 5

One of NSW’s best in another losing series. Looks genuinely capable of breaking the Maroons line almost every time he has the ball. Will be NSW’s chief organiser with Adam Reynolds gone.

Prop – Aaron Woods

Age: 25 Origins: 10

His battle up front with Maroons forward leader Matt Scott has been one of the features of the series. Needs to get the better of him this time if the Blues are to avoid a whitewash.

Hooker – Robbie Farah

Age: 32 Origins: 15

Holds his spot in the Blues side due to the lack of an obvious successor as much as anything else. Another long-term Blue for whom this could be his last game.

Prop – Paul Gallen (capt)

Age: 34 Origins: 22

Granted the Origin farewell he has craved even if some say he doesn’t deserve it. Will be keen to go out on a high but leaves behind a legacy of lost series after lost series despite his best efforts.

Second row – Wade Graham

Age: 25 Origins: Debut

Finally gets his debut after missing game two due to suspension. Should add a lot of variety to the Blues attack with his ball playing and kicking skills.

Second row – Josh Jackson

Age: 25 Origins: 5

Has really come of age as an Origin player with two impressive efforts in the series so far. One player the Blues can build a future around.

Lock – Tyson Frizell

Age: 24 Origins: 1

Enjoyed a wow of a debut, the challenge now is to back that up with the Blues spoilt for choice in the back-row next year.


Matt Moylan

Age: 25 Origins: 2

Has struggled to impose himself in Origin so far from fullback, but could do that with his ball playing skills from the bench against a tiring Maroons defence.

James Tamou

Age: 27 Origins: 11

Was barely sighted in Origin II in his worst game in the Blues jersey. Owes it to his teammates to atone for that performance.

David Klemmer

Age: 22 Origins: 5

Hasn’t had the impact he would have liked to this series. But he remains a key part of the Blues go forward.

Andrew Fifita

Age: 27 Origins: 5

Has threatened in attack across the both Origins this year but never broken a game apart. Could do that with a new-look Blues attack in game three.

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