Wednesday 21 February 2018 / 06:06 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 Peter Wallace’s dominant display in 2008 coming in at No.6.

Brisbane halfback Wallace became the sixth player to be selected in the NSW No.7 in the space of eight matches when he was selected to debut in the 2008 series opener.

The Blues started as rank outsiders, but Wallace steered them to a convincing 18-10 boilover, having a hand in three of his side’s four tries and dictating terms with a brilliant kicking game that prevented the star-studded Maroons from getting into the contest.

Wallace, who made the last of his four Origin appearances in 2009, was desperately unlucky to miss out on man-of-the-match honours on debut.

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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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