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NSW Penpix for State of Origin I

NSW State of Origin team penpix for for game one at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, Wednesday, June 5

JARRYD HAYNE - fullback

Age: 25

Origin games: 16

A proven big-game player, Hayne has welcomed the extra responsibility of the move to fullback where he has played just two of his Origin games
NSW Penpix for State of Origin I
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NSW State of Origin team penpix for for game one at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, Wednesday, June 5 

JARRYD HAYNE - fullback

Age: 25

Origin games: 16

A proven big-game player, Hayne has welcomed the extra responsibility of the move to fullback where he has played just two of his Origin games.

BRETT MORRIS - wing

Age: 26

Origin games: 6

A great finisher, Morris could be somewhat underdone after struggling with a knee injury for the past month.

MICHAEL JENNINGS - centre

Age: 25

Origin games: 7

His blistering pace can turn a half chance into a try but must limit errors and his improved defence could be the key.

JOSH MORRIS - centre

Age: 26

Origin games: 5

Produced a great defensive effort on Greg Inglis last year and will need to repeat that if the Blues are to enjoy victory.

BLAKE FERGUSON - wing

Age: 23

Origin games: 0

He's been in a few off-field scrapes but has begun turning that around and been outstanding for Canberra recently. Sure to be targeted by Queensland on debut.

JAMES MALONEY - five-eighth

Age: 26

Origin games: 0

Hard as nails pivot who could make a real fist of Origin football, Maloney's club combination with Pearce is vital to the Blues' chances.

MITCHELL PEARCE - halfback

Age: 24

Origin games: 9

Coach Laurie Daley's confidence in Pearce has worked wonders for his club form, now he has to produce in rugby league's toughest arena in a make-or-break series for him.

JAMES TAMOU - prop

Age: 24

Origin games: 3

Will need to lead the NSW go-forward through the early exchanges as the Blues' only specialist starting prop.

ROBBIE FARAH - hooker

Age: 29

Origin games: 5

Having proven his Origin credentials last year, the next step is to inspire a Blues series win. His dummy-half kicking will be crucial.

PAUL GALLEN (capt) - prop

Age: 31

Origin games: 14

A key plank in NSW's plan to out-manoeuvre Queensland, a series win could define the passionate Blues skipper's career.

LUKE LEWIS - second row

Age: 29

Origin games: 11

His hard running poses a huge threat on the edges to the Queensland defence.

RYAN HOFFMAN - second row

Age: 29

Origin games: 5

A deserved return to the Blues for the first time since 2008, Hoffman adds starch to the NSW back row in defence and attack.

GREG BIRD - lock

Age: 29

Origin games: 11

A super tough defender, Bird also adds another playmaker option for NSW.

INTERCHANGE

ANDREW FIFITA - prop

Age: 23

Origin games: 0

The Metre Eater has been doing just that this year and makes his debut as one of the form players in either side.

TRENT MERRIN - prop

Age: 23

Origin games: 4

His clever footwork around the ruck could help to prise apart the Queensland defence but he doesn't shirk the tough stuff.

ANTHONY WATMOUGH - back row

Age: 29

Origin games: 9

The Blues will be banking on `Choc' to break the game open off the bench against a fatigued Queensland side.

JOSH REYNOLDS - utility

Age: 24

Origin games: 0

A tough competitor who will be keen to bring some mongrel to the Blues side.


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