Friday 15 December 2017 / 03:15 PM

BLUES MAKE THREE CHANGES FOR ORIGIN III

NSW coach Laurie Daley has made three changes to his side for next week’s third State of Origin encounter in Sydney.

Under pressure to overhaul his squad after the Blues lost the opening two encounters, Daley has apparently done the bare minimum to appease critics and impatient fans.

QLD NAME COOPER TO DEBUT, MYLES TO RETURN

James Tedesco’s blistering form has finally been rewarded with a debut in the fullback spot, which sees Matt Moylan drop out of the squad altogether.

Wade Graham, who was robbed of a debut in Game 2 by suspension, has received the call-up again, at the expense of stalwart Greg Bird. Graham and his replacement in the Game 2 side, Tyson Frizell, have been named to start in the backrow.

In the only other change, Josh Dugan – ruled out of the first two games by injury – has replaced Dylan Walker at right centre.

Captain Paul Gallen, vice-captain Robbie Farah, and winger Blake Ferguson survived the selection axe after growing calls for the trio’s demotion.

Bryce Cartwright, who many expected to be handed a debut, and Manly brothers Jake and Tom Trbojevic have been named as the Blues’ three ‘development’ players, while the likes of Ryan James, Nathan Peats, Dale Finucane and Reagan Campbell-Gillard can consider themselves unlucky omissions.

QLD NAME COOPER TO DEBUT, MYLES TO RETURN

NSW BLUES – GAME 3 SQUAD

1              James Tedesco

2              Blake Ferguson

3              Josh Dugan

4              Michael Jennings

5              Josh Mansour

6              James Maloney

7              Adam Reynolds

8              Paul Gallen

9              Robbie Farah

10           Aaron Woods

11           Wade Graham

12           Josh Jackson

13           Tyson Frizell

 

14           Jack Bird

15           David Klemmer

16           Andrew Fifita

17           James Tamou

Development Players: Bryce Cartwright, Jake Trbojevic, Tom Trbojevic

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