State Of Origin: NSW have completed their final training session in Brisbane ahead of the second State Of Origin game at Suncorp Stadium
THE full New South Wales State of Origin 2016 team list and profiles for Laurie Daley’s Blues squad.
Fullback — Matt Moylan Age: 25 Origins: 1 A couple of nervous moments under the high ball on debut, but was still one of the Blues’ most dangerous players with the ball. Can expect another bombing barrage from Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston.
Wing — Josh Mansour Age: 26 Origins: 1 His left edge got caught short for Dane Gagai’s try in game one, but his hard work coming out of his own end in the second half was invaluable. More of the same needed from kick-off.
Centre — Michael Jennings Age: 28 Origins: 16 Didn’t see much open space in the opener at a slippery ANZ Stadium, and will be hoping to get in the action early and often on the drier track at Suncorp Stadium.
Centre: Dylan Walker Age: 21 Origins: 1 Handed an opportunity to put an infamous nine-minute cameo behind him with a second jumper for game two. Thrown into the starting side after the injury to Josh Morris.
Wing — Blake Ferguson Age: 26 Origins: 2 Made an uneventful return to Origin in game one, limited to just grunt work coming out of his own territory. Needs to go looking for the ball more.
Five-eighth — James Maloney Age: 30 Origins: 4 One of the Blues’ best in game one, setting up the Blues’ only try, saving another and kicking astutely. His only downside was being unable to turn a mountain of late possession into more points.
Halfback — Adam Reynolds Age: 25 Origins: 1 Missed none of his 22 tackles in a solid debut, but did misfire on a relatively easy conversion that ultimately was the difference in game one. Like Maloney, needs to find the killer blow in game two.
Prop — Aaron Woods Age: 25 Origins: 9 A key figure in the Blues forward pack, Woods was the best of the Blues big men in an outstanding first stint in game one but didn’t come back on until late in the piece and barely got involved.
Hooker — Robbie Farah Age: 32 Origins: 14 Kicked smartly out of dummy half with his left boot in game one and will be eager to prove his worth at Suncorp after missing the game three humiliation last year.
Prop — James Tamou Age: 27 Origins: 12 A surprise starter in game one, Tamou was a tower of strength in the opening exchanges but had a quiet second stint. Also announced his emotional exit from Townsville to his Cowboys teammates last week.
Second row — Greg Bird Age: 31 Origins: 16 Did his best to upset the apple cart when he came on midway through the first half in Origin I and racked up 35 tackles. Gets a starting role after first Boyd Cordner then Wade Graham were ruled out of Origin II and his experience could be key at hostile Suncorp Stadium.
Second row — Josh Jackson Age: 25 Origins: 4 Confirmed his role as a defensive specialist with just nine touches in 71 minutes in game one. Not a part of the Blues’ attacking game plan.
Lock — Paul Gallen (capt) Age: 34 Origins: 22 Was typically busy in game one but has made a bigger impact in previous games and is now just 80 minutes away from having his Blues farewell ruined by yet another series defeat.
Tyson Frizell Age: 24 Origins: Debut A late call-up after Wade Graham’s suspension, Frizell makes his debut after twice being named 18th man in the past year. The Dragons’ forward is a dangerous hole-runner who can also mix it up in the front row because of his footwork. Will likely come on for Gallen in the first half, with Bird to switch infield.
David Klemmer Age: 22 Origins: 4 Got his big legs pumping but failed to really make a dent in the Maroons’ defensive line in game one. Enjoyed a breakout game in the second fixture last year and could make another mark in Brisbane.
Andrew Fifita Age: 26: Origins: 5 Brought the game to life with a series of mammoth charges when he finally entered the action in the second half, but the Blues didn’t take advantage. Will be relied upon again to bring the energy.
Jack Bird Age: 21: Origins: Debut Called into the Blues side after the injury to Josh Morris. He’ll try to spark the Blues off the bench. Should see more minutes than Walker did in Game I.