Can NSW win Game III to avoid a series wash out?
Despite Queensland already taking home Origin 2016, match 3 is about proving New South Wales will always have more fight left.
NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley has made three changes to the side that lost in Game 2, with Dylan Walker & Greg Bird dropped. Wade Graham will make his debut after missing out in game 2. James Tamou drops back to the bench after a poor performance in Game 2.
Manly’s brothers, Jake & Tom Trbojevic have been selected as the development players.
Queensland have been forced to make two changes; utility Michael Morgan (knee injury) and interchange forward Josh Papalii (knee & shoulder injuries) are out. Coach Kevin Walters has opted with four forwards on the bench, with Nate Myles returning to the side after missing Game 2, and North Queensland second rower, Gavin Cooper making his long awaited debut.
NSW Halfback Adam Reynolds was ruled out on Wednesday with a neck injury, which gives Matt Moylan another opportunity in the new role of utility, after originally being overlooked for Tigers fullback, James Tedesco. Jack Bird will now partner James Maloney in the halves for the Blues, and Moylan will join the bench. Queensland yesterday called in Melbourne Storm forward, Felise Kaufusi, to be the 18th man for the Maroons.
Maroons coach Kevin Walters dismissed talk of a dead rubber, with the series already won.
“Only four Queensland teams have enjoyed a whitewash in more than 30 years of Origin so it is pretty rare. We’ve created a chance to do something special – we don’t want to jeopardise that,” he said to SMH.
The game will also mark the final Origin games for NSW captain, Paul Gallen & Queensland workhorse, Corey Parker.
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