Sunday 18 March 2018 / 10:42 AM


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, and No.4 marks the beginning of the longest career in Origin history.

Pint-sized halfback Allan Langer’s maiden Origin call-up for Game 1 of the ’87 series was questioned in several quarters, including amongst some of his experienced Queensland teammates.

But the Ipswich No.7 silenced the doubters with an inspirational display, quashing misgivings over his suspect defence with several ultra-committed, scything efforts among 19 tackles, while he made a line break and was a constant threat in attack.

Despite the Maroons’ last-minute loss, Langer had arrived and went on to become one of the concept’s most iconic players in 34 appearances.

[YouTube – NRL State of Origin Archive]

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