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Gallen tells Blues to take their chance

NSW Origin skipper Paul Gallen has implored his new-look Blues side to make the most of their opportunity in Wednesday night's opening State of Origin clash in Melbourne.
Gallen tells Blues to take their chance
by NRL

By Steve Jancetic

MELBOURNE, May 23 AAP - NSW Origin skipper Paul Gallen has implored his new-look Blues side to make the most of their opportunity in Wednesday night's opening State of Origin clash in Melbourne.

The Blues have embarked on a new era of selections in a bid to secure their first series win since 2005, with nine new faces from the side that lost the 2011 series decider to Queensland.

"Just because you're putting on an Origin jumper doesn't mean you're an Origin player," Gallen said.

"You've got to prove yourself at that level and that's the mentality that all the new guys have got this year.

"Sometimes when you make your debut you're just happy to be there, but that's not the case any more."

One of the new faces - hooker Robbie Farah - is one player to have taken the message on board.

"We can be a part of history or we can make history," said Farah, who will return to Origin for the first time since being dumped after just two games in 2009.

"This team wants to make history by breaking this drought.

"That's the challenge that's been put up in front of us and we're all looking forward to it.

"(NSW) built a lot of momentum last year even though the boys lost the series.

"I think we closed that gap last year and now we've got to take that next step this year and win the series."

Despite fitness concerns over Gallen - who has battled knee and thigh injuries during camp - and a virus that ran through the Queensland squad, both sides are expected to line up as named last week.

The Maroons go into game one as $1.50 favourites with the Blues at $2.65.


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