Tyson Frizell has backed Laurie Daley’s move to hold him back from his State of Origin debut.
Frizell made one of the most memorable NSW debuts in the game two loss to Queensland last month at Suncorp Stadium, after almost chasing down a flying Dane Gagai and scoring a second half try to drag the Blues back into the contest.
The St George Illawarra star was only called into the NSW team after Wade Graham was suspended.
Blues coach Laurie Daley had been criticised by not bringing Frizell into his side sooner among other conservative selections.
But the hard-running back-rower said his extended time as a Blues squad player facilitated his impressive transfer from the NRL to Origin.
“It was definitely very helpful coming into camp and being a part of the squad for a few games there, it did help me a lot,” Frizell said.
“I think if I had have come in after Wade without having any kind of experience it would have been more nervous.
“The boys are really welcoming and it was a massive boost for myself to come in those few times.”
Graham will make his debut at ANZ Stadium on July 13 after being called up for the NSW team in place of Greg Bird.
“Wade has definitely deserved his spot, it is great to see him in the team and to be playing alongside him again,” Frizell said.
Frizell, who looks to have a long Blues career ahead of him, received widespread praise for his Origin debut.
“It was pretty hard, I am not used to that kind of stuff,” he said
“I tried to stay away from social media. It was nice to get messages from friends and family applauding your performance but it would have been much nicer to get the win up there.”