Origin State Selection: Possible first game team due to injury

Injuries are a headache for every team but the State of Origin teams are starting to take shape for the opening match of the series on June 8 at the Acre Stadium.

Tom Trobozevic appeared to be concerned about a knee injury that required surgery for Manley’s defeat to Brisbane on the opening night of the recent Magic Round but C-Eagles coach Des Hasler said his fullback was OK and should not be missed during any play.

Potential candidates are running out of time to sue the parties announced at the end of the month after Round 12.

Each state will select a squad of 24 players. The NSW wants to claim the shield for the fourth time in five years, an achievement they have managed only once in their best era since 1992-96, which was only interrupted by Paul Watin’s miracle clean. Sweep Team of ’95.

After Paul Green’s only one-year tenure, the Maroons have been led by new coach Billy Slater after losing the first two games 50-6 and 26-0, after winning 20-16 games in three games in a single series. All played on Queensland soil.

Cameron Murray (shoulder), Lateral Mitchell (hamstring) and Ryan Papenhuagen (knee and hamstring) have made headlines for the original blues while unavailable for Origin I while second-rowers Jaden Su’a (ankle) and David Fifita (knee). Don’t stay for the Maroons.

“Keon Kolomatangi was part of our camp and we also got Tariq Sims, Tyson Frisel, Angus Crichton and Liam Martin who have played before,” Fitler said Wednesday.

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“It’s an important position because there’s a lot of pressure on these people, especially in defense. In the last four or five years, we’ve always had a really good depth. “

Slater has revealed that he sees Brisbane’s Patrick Carrigan, Tom Flagler and Keenan Palacia, cowboy young gunman Jeremiah Nanai and Hilam Luke, the choice of Titans’ second-rower Beau Fermer, as options to expand his pack.

Here’s how the selection for each team is tracking the progression to Origin I but of course, lots can happen now and in the days of the game.

James Tedesco Origin won

James Tedesco raises the State of Origin Shield. (Photo by Bradley Canaris / Getty Images)


Outer back: James Tedesco will lead the Blues until he is available to return to the wing with Josh Ado-Carr and Brian Too at the center along with Tom Trobozevic. Among the alternatives to Stephen Crichton, Ciocepha Talakai, Cotoni Stags, Campbell Graham and Matt Burton are Mitchell’s hamstring surgery due to the other center’s berth being occupied. Fitler has indicated that Stags is ahead at this stage.

Half: With the exception of injury or suspension, Penrith pair Nathan Cleary and Jerome Louis will be chosen. Cody Walker and Mitch Moses are the two players who will come to the team if needed.

Pack: Juniors Paolo and Payne Haas are in form and are almost certain to have props starting with Damien Cook on the 13th Origin hooker since his debut in 2018. Murray and Sims were second rowers last year and Fitler is looking forward to seeing Sims on his team again. In form, Martin will have to be the first edge to be picked before Frisel, Crichton, Sims and Kolomatangi. Panthers co-captain Isah Yeo will also be there.

Sessions: Fitler is a big fan of Jake Trobozevich, who played 13 straight origins before being ruled out of the last two games of 2021 due to a hip injury, and can cover prop or lock. Veterans like Friezel and Crichton, who can switch between middle and edge, are also more likely to agree when Cronulla del Finuken is not out of the picture. Knights’ prop Daniel Saifiti’s form has deteriorated this season and he is struggling to hold his own.

Angus Crichton

Blues’ Angus Crichton and teammates are celebrating. (Photo by Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

The utility berth was likely to go to Papenhuizen but his absence opened the door for Burton, Riders star Jack Whitton or halfback Nico Hynes.

Fitler will add some more uncapped emerging blues to the extended squad along with Manly forward Houmoule Olakauatu, West Tigers prop Stefano Utoikamanu and roosters Victor Radley.

Probably the blues team

  1. James Tedesco (C)
  2. Josh Addo-Car
  3. Tom Trobozevic
  4. Cotoni Stags
  5. Brian To’o
  6. Jerome Louie
  7. Nathan Cleary
  8. Paolo Jr.
  9. Damien Cook
  10. Pain smiles
  11. Liam Martin
  12. Tariq Sims
  13. Isaiah Yo
  14. Jack Whitton
  15. Jack Trobozevic
  16. Angus Crichton
  17. Tyson Frigel
    Reserve: Nico Hynes, Matt Burton, Keon Kolomatangi, Del Finuken, Haumole Olakauatu, Stefano Utoikamanu, Victor Radley.
The Queensland Maroons are celebrating their original victory

(Photo by Bradley Canaris / Getty Images)


Outer back: Kalin Ponga has built up enough credit at the Origin level to retain the No. 1 jersey despite having decent club form. On the wings, Xavier Coates and Valentine Holmes will probably be starters and Dan Gagai will be a center and cowboy speedster Hamiso Tabuai-Fido will be his potential partner. The Warriors’ young gunman Rees Walsh, North Queensland winger Murray Toulagi and Broncos speedster Selwyn Cobo are unlikely to make an early start but should be called up for an extended squad.

Toulagi made the best of his world by performing a great two-try in the magic round.

Half: The established combination of Cameron Munster and captain Daley Cherry-Evans will call shots with Dragon veteran Ben Hunt capable of fulfilling both roles if there is an injury.

Pack: Josh Papali will be one of the front row but Christian Welch’s season-ending Achilles Tear leaves a void. Jai Arrow has been used in props at the origin level and could be an alternative with the Tino Fa’asuyamaleui lock or vice versa packing down. Kaufusi has been a fixture in the second row for 12 consecutive matches since his Rookie Origin series four years ago, and with Fifita and Su’a being out, Kurt Capwell is a sure sign with him. Harry Grant will be the hooker.

The Maroons celebrate an attempt by Harry Grant during three games in the State of Origin series.

(Photo by Chris Hyde / Getty Images)

Sessions: Hunt is sure to get the utility spot, leaving three forwards on the bench. Moaki Fotuaika has done well in four origins, meaning the final two spots will come down in a race between Carrigan, Flagler, Nanai, Dragon Prop Francis Mollo, Lucy, Fermer and Palacia.

Walsh, Toulagi and Cobo, as well as Gold Coast’s AJ Brimson, cowboy trio Ruben Cotter, Quinn Hess and Kyle Feld, and Iles Hooker Reed Mahoney will also be in the debate for an extended squad.

Probably the Maroons team

1. Kalin Ponga
2. Valentine Homes
3. Gagai Data
4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fido
5. Xavier Coates
6. Cameron Munster
7. Daily Cherry-Evans (c)
8. Josh Papali
9. Harry Grant
10. Arrow of victory
11. Felice Kaufusi
12. Kurt Capwell
13. Criminal trial
14. Ben Hunt
15. Moaki Fotuaika
16. Francis Molo
17. Jeremiah Nanai
Reserve: Reese Walsh, Selwyn Cobo, AJ Brimson, Reed Mahoney, Patrick Carrigan, Ruben Cotter, Quinn Hess.

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