NSW & QLD State of Origin teams 2017

The 2017 State of Origin teams for the third game of the series will be announced on Monday, July 3, and there are sure to be some changes after the Blues lost Game 2 on their home ground in a match that saw a number of Maroons nursing injuries.

NSW lost to Queensland 16-18 in Game 2 at ANZ Stadium, Dane Gagai scoring a second-half brace to overturn a ten-point halftime deficit and force a series decider in Brisbane.

However, in Game 3 the Maroons will be without talismanic playmaker Johnathan Thurston, set to undergo shoulder surger after he was visibly troubled by a shoulder injury throughout the match.

Darius Boyd is also expected to miss the match as he has surgery to repair a broken thumb, which will likely keep him out of the game for six weeks.

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2017 State of Origin Game 2 teams

New South Wales Blues

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 1 2017
1. James Tedesco, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jarryd Hayne, 5. Brett Morris, 6. James Maloney, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Andrew Fifita, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Boyd Cordner (c), 13. Tyson Frizell

Interchange: 14. David Klemmer, 15. Wade Graham, 16. Jake Trbojevic, 17. Jack Bird

18th man: Matt Moylan
19th man: Trent Merrin
20th man: Tom Trbojevic

» Blues team for Game 2: Expert Reaction

Queensland Maroons

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 2 2017
1. Billy Slater, 2. Valentine Holmes, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Darius Boyd, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Dylan Napa, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Jarrod Wallace, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Josh McGuire

Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Josh Papalii, 16. Coen Hess, 17. Tim Glasby

18th man: Cameron Munster

» Maroons team for Game 2: Expert Reaction

Queensland made seven changes to the side that went down in the first game of the series, naming four debutants – Valentine Holmes, Coen Hess, Tim Glasby and Jarrod Wallace – to face the Blues.

The Maroons also brought back a number of players with Origin experience for the must-win match: North Queensland’s Gavin Cooper, as well as the vastly experienced Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater. Slater’s selection pushed Darius Boyd to the vacant centre spot with Dane Gagai keeping his position on the wing opposite Holmes.

Of the seven omissions from the Game 1 team, only one – Anthony Milford – was forced by injury. The remaining six – backs Corey Oates and Justin O’Neill and forwards Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Aidan Guerra and Jacob Lillyman – were all unforced changes that selectors opted to make.

On the other hand, the Blues, for the first time in 21 years, named an unchanged team for State of Origin 2, with coach Laurie Daley opting to name the same 17 that pulled off a surprising 28-4 victory in Game 1 of the series.

As such, James Tedesco was named fullback, with Brett Morris and Blake Ferguson on the wings. Jarryd Hayne and Josh Dugan were named in the centres, while Mitchell Pearce became the Blues’ most-capped halfback in Origin history. He was be partnered by James Maloney in the halves.

Up front, hooker Nathan Peats was joined by Aaron Woods and Andrew Fifita in the front row. Boyd Cordner captained the side from the second row, where he was joined by Tyson Frizell and Josh Jackson.

Jack Bird, Jake Trbojevic, David Klemmer and Wade Graham were named on the bench, while Matt Moylan, Jack De Belin and Tom Trbojevic were the extra men named in the squad. However, with De Belin unable to overturn a one-match suspension for dangerous contact in the week leading up to Origin 2, Trent Merrin as rushed into the NSW squad as 19th man.

2017 State of Origin Game 1 teams

Queensland Maroons

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 1 2017
1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Justin O’Neill, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Dylan Napa, 9. Cameron Smith (C), 10. Nate Myles, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Josh McGuire.

Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Sam Thaiday, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Jacob Lillyman.

18th man: Jarrod Wallace.

» Maroons team for Game 1: Expert Reaction

New South Wales Blues

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 1 2017
1. James Tedesco, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jarryd Hayne, 5. Brett Morris, 6. James Maloney, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Andrew Fifita, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Boyd Cordner (c), 13. Tyson Frizell

Interchange: 14. David Klemmer, 15. Wade Graham, 16. Jake Trbojevic, 17. Jack Bird

18th man: Matt Moylan
19th man: Jordan McLean
20th man: Jack De Belin

» Blues team for Game 1: Expert Reaction

For the Maroons, some notable exclusions from the team in Game 1 are Billy Slater, in what coach Kevin Walters said was “the hardest decision I’ve had to make”, and Johnathan Thurston, who was ruled out of the series opener after failing to overcome a shoulder injury sustained during the Anzac Test against New Zealand.

Thurston’s unavailability for Game 1 meant his streak of 36 straight Origin matches came to an end.

Anthony Milford made his Queensland debut at No.6 in place of Thurston and Dylan Napa was also been named for the Maroons for the first time to start in the front row.

The first casualty of the 2017 series was Greg Inglis who was ruled out for the season. Inglis suffered a knee injury in the Rabbitohs’ opening round clash against the Tigers, tearing his ACL and putting him out of action before the season barely started.

A mainstay in Queensland’s Origin side, Inglis will miss the entire series for the first time in his state representative career. He has only missed a total of three games across the 11 series that have been played since making his debut for the Maroons in 2006.

Cowboys stalwart Matt Scott has also been ruled out of the 2017 series after the veteran’s 14th season in the NRL was cut short in just his second game. Scott went down in the Cowboys’ 21-20 golden-point win over the Broncos and scans confirmed a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

For New South Wales, Boyd Cordner was announced as the new Blues captain for the first game of the 2017 series, while Mitchell Pearce returned to the side after spending last year’s series in the Origin wilderness. Pearce lined up with former club teammate and incumbent playmaker James Maloney in the halves.

With Paul Gallen retiring from the representative scene at the end of the 2016 season, Cordner was announced as the new captain ahead of Aaron Woods, who attended the State of Origin launch alongside coach Laurie Daley earlier in the year.

Cordner was part of a strong looking New South Wales back row, with Josh Jackson lining up on the other edge and Tyson Frizell playing at lock.

Robbie Farah and Michael Jennings were the key casualties from the 2016 series, with their respective representative careers looking over.

Nathan Peats was one of only two Blues players on debut in Game 1, replacing Farah at hooker, while youngster Jake Trbojevic made his first appearance from the interchange bench.

James Tedesco made his second Origin appearance at fullback, while new Cronulla Sharks recruit Josh Dugan retained his spot in the centres alongside a returning Jarryd Hayne.

Blake Ferguson is another to keep his spot in the squad, playing outside Dugan on the wing in what has been a successful combination for the Australian national team, while veteran Canterbury Bulldogs winger Brett Morris lined up on the other wing.

Aaron Woods overcame an injury to book his spot in the front row and started the game alongside Andrew Fifita.

Jake Trbojevic was joined on the bench by utility Jack Bird, who made a solid start to his Origin career in 2016, along with Wade Graham and front-rower David Klemmer.

Matt Moylan, who played in the halves during a victorious Game 3 effort in 2016, was relegated to 18th man, joined by Jordan McLean and Jack De Belin as the extras in the Blues squad.

Last season’s State of Origin teams

Full 2016 State of Origin Teams for Game 3

STATE OF ORIGIN LIVE SCORES

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 3:

1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin O’Neill, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Nate Myles, 11. Matt Gillett, 12. Sam Thaiday 13. Corey Parker, 14. Gavin Cooper, 15. Josh McGuire, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Jacob Lillyman

» Queensland Maroons team for Game 3: Expert reaction

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 3

1. James Tedesco, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Josh Dugan, 5. Josh Mansour, 14. Matt Moylan, 7. James Maloney, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. Paul Gallen (c), 11. Wade Graham, 12. Josh Jackson, 13. Tyson Frizell.

Interchange: 6. Jack Bird, 15. James Tamou, 16. David Klemmer, 17. Andrew Fifita.

» NSW Blues team for Origin 3: Expert reaction

*Adam Reynolds was ruled out of Game 3 for NSW. Matt Moylan has been named as his replacement, and while Jack Bird had been named to start at five-eighth, it was Moylan who started for the Blues.

Michael Jennings of the Blues scores a try during the State of Origin

The Blues also named three development players for the squad: Bryce Cartwright, Tom Trbojevic and Jake Trbojevic.

Queensland wrapped up the series with a win in Game 2 of the 2016 series at Suncorp Stadium. The 26-16 result took its toll, with NSW duo Adam Reynolds and Greg Bird the obvious casualties.

Bird looked to pick up a head knock, while Reynolds injured his shoulder three-quarters of the way through the game, and didn’t return.

Matt Moylan vacated the NSW fullback spot for James Tedesco, while for Queensland Josh McGuire and Corey Oates both made the cut despite suffering knocks against Melbourne for the Broncos.

The full news for Game 3 will be continually updated here.

Full 2016 State of Origin Teams for Game 2

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 2:

1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin O’Neill, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Josh McGuire, 11. Matt Gillett, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker

Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Jacob Lillyman, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Josh Papalii, 18th man. Ethan Lowe

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 2: The Roar’s reaction

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 2:

1. Matt Moylan, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Dylan Walker, 5. Josh Mansour, 6. James Maloney, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. James Tamou, 11. Greg Bird, 12. Josh Jackson, 13. Paul Gallen

Interchange: 15. Tyson Frizell, 16. David Klemmer, 17. Andrew Fifita, 18. Jack Bird

NSW Blues team for State of Origin Game 2: The Roar’s reaction

Josh Morris was ruled out after suffering a groin strain at training and replaced in the starting side by Dylan Walker with Jack Bird added to the bench.

Wade Graham was ruled out of Origin 2 by the NRL judiciary for a high shot in a club game.

Full 2016 State of Origin Teams for Game 1

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 1:

1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin O’Neill, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk*, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Nate Myles, 11. Matt Gillett, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker

Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Josh McGuire, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Josh Papalii

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 1: Expert reaction

*Cooper Cronk has been cleared to play by the Maroons

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 1:

1. Matt Moylan, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Michael Jennings, 18. Josh Morris*, 5. Josh Mansour, 6. James Maloney, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. Paul Gallen, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Josh Jackson, 13. Greg Bird

Interchange: 14. Dylan Walker, 15. James Tamou, 16. David Klemmer, 17. Andrew Fifita

NSW Blues team for State of Origin Game 1: Expert reaction

*Josh Dugan was ruled out of Game 1, replaced by Josh Morris

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2015 Origin teams:

Full State of Origin Teams for Game 3

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 3:
1. Josh Dugan, 2. Will Hopoate, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Josh Morris, 5. Brett Morris, 6. Mitchell Pearce, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. James Tamou, 18. Michael Ennis (replacing Robbie Farah), 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Paul Gallen

Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Boyd Cordner 16. David Klemmer, 17. Josh Jackson

Ryan Hinchcliffe and Josh Reynolds were also drafted into the NSW squad.

Expert reaction to NSW team for State of Origin Game 3

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 3:
1. Greg Inglis, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Nate Myles, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker

Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Josh Papalii, 16. Matt Gillett, 17. Jacob Lillyman

Expert reaction to Queensland team for State of Origin Game 3

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State of Origin Game 3 team news

The Teams for State of Origin Game 3 will be announced on Monday 29 June and Tuesday 30 June. The Queensland team will be announced around 4pm on Monday , while the NSW team will be announced around 11:30am AEST on Tuesday.

NSW Blues
Josh Jackson was available for NSW after successfully fighting a dangerous throw charge at the judiciary. He took his spot on the bench, with Luke Lewis missing out.

Despite rumours to the contrary, Will Hopoate was not dropped for Blake Ferguson. Michael Jennings also retained his spot despite a drunken incident prior to the game.

Robbie Farah missed Game 3 after breaking his hand in a Wests Tigers match. He was replaced by Michael Ennis.

Queensland Maroons
Queensland welcomed back Cooper Cronk but Billy Slater didn’t play Origin 3 after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. Greg Inglis was named to slot in at fullback.

Full State of Origin Teams for Game 2, 2015

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 2:
1. Billy Slater, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Will Chambers, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Nate Myles, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker

Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Josh McGuire, 16. Matt Gillett, 17. Jacob Lillyman

Squad members: Josh Papalii, Dane Gagai, Korbin Sims

Expert reaction to Queensland team for State of Origin Game 2

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 2:
1. Josh Dugan, 2. Brett Morris, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Josh Morris, 5. Will Hopoate, 6. Mitchell Pearce, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. James Tamou, 9. Robbie Farah (c), 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Paul Gallen

Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Boyd Cordner 16. David Klemmer, 17. Josh Jackson

Dylan Walker has been brought into the Blues squad as injury cover.

Expert reaction to NSW team for State of Origin Game 2

The NSW Blues team was announced Tuesday 8 June at 8am AEST. The Queensland Maroons team will be announced at 4pm AEST.

Full State of Origin Teams for Game 1, 2015

MATCH REPORT – ORIGIN GAME 1:
State of Origin 1 – Queensland win 11-10

2015 State of Origin live scores – Game 1

New South Wales Blues team for State of Origin Game 1:
1. Josh Dugan, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Michael Jennings, 5. Will Hopoate, 6. Mitchell Pearce, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. James Tamou, 9. Robbie Farah (c), 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Josh Jackson

Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Boyd Cordner 16. David Klemmer, 17. Andrew Fifita

» Expert reaction to the Blues State of Origin team for Game 1

Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 1:
1. Billy Slater*, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Will Chambers, 6. Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Nate Myles, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Corey Parker

Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Josh McGuire, 16. Matt Gillett, 17. Jacob Lillyman

18th man. Dylan Napa

» Expert reaction to the Queensland Maroons team for Game 1

*Dane Gagai has been called into the Queensland squad on standby for the injured Billy Slater.

Last updated: 23 June, 2017