Saturday 20 January 2018 / 12:03 PM


Jarrod Wallace, Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes and Tim Glasby are set to make their State of Origin debuts for Queensland in Sydney next Wednesday, while Jake Trbojevic and Nathan Peats could hardly have been more impressive in their first outings for NSW in Game 1.

Commentary Box Sports is counting down the finest debut appearances in State of Origin’s 38 seasons, with lightweight fullback Brett Hodgson’s dream introduction for NSW coming in at No.2.

Hodgson racked up extraordinary numbers in his first Origin appearance, a stunning 32-4 series-opening victory for an underdog Blues side featuring eight debutants in 2002.

The Parramatta custodian made an incredible six line breaks and 374 metres from 23 runs – including a bust to put Andrew Johns over for a first half try and a 90-metre run to score from a scrum win, completing the rout.

Unfortunately for the courageous Hodgson, his six-match Origin career is predominantly remembered for being rag-dolled by Gorden Tallis in the ’02 decider and throwing a wayward pass that cost NSW the series in ’06.

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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