NSW were forced into a major makeover after suffering injury damage ahead of Game 3 – while Brad Fittler settled on his preferred middle pairing after much debate. TEAM DISCOVERED INSIDE.
Jack Wighton missed out on a spot in Brad Fittler’s 17-man roster for the State of Origin playoff on Wednesday.
Wighton, the Origin I blues’ top player, missed game two due to Covid and was unable to reclaim his spot at the centres.
Fittler stuck to the winning center combination of Matt Burton and Stephen Crichton.
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Payne Haas is the only forced Blues lineup change, News Corp reported Sunday.
The Broncos star succumbed to a shoulder injury, making way for 30-year-old debutant Jordan McLean of the Cowboys.
McLean comes straight into the starting XI, partnering up front with Jake Trbojevic.
Api Koroisau retains his place at Hooker while South Sydney’s Damien Cook remains on the bench.
Nicho Hynes, who was the Blues’ 18th man in games one and two, is down to 19th man.
Hynes will go to camp today but will be allowed to return to training with Cronulla on Tuesday.
After playing against Melbourne for the Sharks on Thursday night, Hynes will return to the Blues on Friday.
Cowboys hooker Reece Robson and Newcastle prop Jacob Saifiti, along with Parramatta’s Clint Gutherson, have also been added to the extended squad.
NSW TEAM FOR DECISION MAKERS FOR THE STATE OF ORIGIN
1. James Tedesco (Captain)
2. Brian To’o
3. Matt Burton
4. Stephen Crichton
6. Jarome Luai
7. Nathan Cleary
9. Apisai Koroisau
10. Jake Trbojevic
13. Isaah Yeo
14. Damian Koch
15. Angus Crichton
17. Siosifa Talakai
Originally released as a NSW team called State of Origin 3: Brad Fittler names the Blues team for the decision
https://www.codesports.com.au/nrl/nsw-team-named-for-state-of-origin-3-brad-fittler-names-blues-team-for-decider/news-story/950304a89b740f5ee59b11e90d5960ff?nk=900594ace22f5dc88a7544ea88dc24b4-1656899230 NSW team named for State of Origin 3: Brad Fittler names Blues team for decision, confirms middle pairing