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 the first part of Adam Mogg’s unforgettable two-game Origin cameo in 2006 kicking off the top half of the list.
One of the biggest selection bolters in Origin history, Mogg replaced Greg Inglis on the wing for game two of the 2006 series as injuries decimated Queensland’s backline stocks.
The relatively unknown Canberra utility-back began a charmed debut by barrelling NSW centre Mark Gasnier into touch in the lead-up to the Maroons’ first try, before scoring two superb second half tries – outfoxing Gasnier to dive over in the corner and complete his double – as his side kept the series alive with a memorable 30-6 thrashing.
Mogg scored another spectacular try in Queensland’s dramatic decider triumph to seal his place in Origin folklore.