NSW unchanged for State of Origin decider
SYDNEY (AP) — New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has kept faith in a winning team, ignoring injuries and possible suspensions to name an unchanged 17 for the deciding third State of Origin rugby league match against Queensland.
Fittler has included Nathan Cleary and Tariq Sims in his squad for the July 10 match in Sydney, though Cleary has to prove his recovery from an ankle injury and Sims has to avoid suspension on a dangerous contact charge.
Clint Gutherson has been named 18th man and will move onto the bench if Cleary is not passed fit.
Meanwhile, Queensland coach Kevin Walters has named a squad shaped by injuries for the clash which will decide the three-match series after Queensland won the series opener 18-14 and New South Wales won the second game 38-6.
Walters on Monday named Corey Norman and Christian Welch to make their State of Origin debuts. Norman is expected to play in the halves in a Queensland backline reshaped by an injury to fullback Kalyn Ponga while Welch may make his debut off the bench in the place of Jarrod Wallace who has been dropped.
Joe Ofahengaue returns after a knee injury and is expected to replace Dylan Napa in the starting front row.
New South Wales: James Tedesco, Blake Ferguson, Tom Trbojevic, Jack Wighton, Josh Addo-Carr, James Maloney, Nathan Cleary, Daniel Saifiti, Damien Cook, Paul Vaughan, Boyd Cordner (capt), Tyson Frizell, Jake Trbojevic. Res: Dale Finucane, Tariq Sims, Cameron Murray, Wade Graham.
Queensland: Will Chambers, Daly Cherry-Evans (capt), David Fifita, Dane Gagai, Matt Gillett, Tim Glasby, Ben Hunt, Felise Kaufusi, Moses Mbye, Josh McGuire, Michael Morgan, Cameron Munster, Corey Norman, Corey Oates, Joe Ofahengaue, Josh Papalii, Christian Welch.