Morris and Frizell cut from NSW State of Origin side

Tyson Frizell and Josh Morris have been cut from the Blues squad, and are free to play for their respective clubs this weekend, which means Penrith’s Matt Moylan & Josh Mansour, Manly’s Dylan Walker, and his former teammate, South Sydney’s Adam Reynolds, will make their Origin debut.

Frizell and Morris will return to the squad on Monday, in the lead up to the game.

Josh Morris is a shock omission for the Blues, with five-eighth, James Maloney saying, “Josh has done a good job for New South Wales for a lot of years, so whichever way it goes I think we’ve got some great talent there.”

St George Illawarra’s Josh Dugan is expected to step in to the Bulldogs player’s position.

Queensland welcome two debutants, with North Queensland’s Justin O’Neill and Brisbane’s Corey Oates. O’Neill has been on the brink for the last few years, but finally gets his chance following the retirement of Justin Hodges.

NSW will led by captain, Paul Gallen for the final time, as he plays his 21st Origin, while Cameron Smith will again lead Queensland, in his 37th Origin to what may well be their 10th series win in 11 years.

Referees Ben Cummins and Gerard Sutton have been selected to officiate the match.

The Annual Holden State of Origin series kicks off at ANZ Stadium in Sydney next Wednesday June 1.


UPDATE 29/5/16:

NSW Coach Laurie Daley today has confirmed that Bulldogs centre Josh Morris has been recalled to the Origin team after Dragons star Josh Dugan succumbed to an elbow injury.

Morris said he is looking forward to restart his one on one battle with Greg Inglis, “I always enjoy these challenges. I was really disappointed to miss out on playing in front of a home crowd. Now I get my chance, its about making the most of it.”

Josh Dugan says it was one of the toughest decisions in his career.