Blues name unchanged line-up for Origin II


nswwNew South Wales has picked the team’s first unchanged State of Origin line-up in 21 years in announcing its side for game two next Wednesday.

The Blues lead the series 1-0 after dismantling Queensland 28-4 in the series opener, and hope to claim the shield for just the second time in 12 years at the Olympic stadium next week.

Boyd Cordner will again captain the side despite being rested for Sunday’s match for the Sydney Roosters due to a knee issue. The injury is not considered serious.

It is the first time since the Blues swept the Maroons in 1996 that NSW has enjoyed the luxury of not needing to alter its team in a series.

That year, the Blues did not make a change for the entire campaign.

In the only alteration to the squad, Manly star Tom Trbojevic will join the Blues camp at The Star in Sydney as the 18th man in place of injured Melbourne prop Jordan McLean.

McLean is out for at least three weeks with a fractured cheekbone suffered in the Storm’s last-start win over Cronulla.

The Blues gather in Sydney on Tuesday morning.

NSW: James Tedesco, Brett Morris, Josh Dugan, Jarryd Hayne, Blake Ferguson, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Aaron Woods, Nathan Peats, Andrew Fifita, Josh Jackson, Boyd Cordner (c), Tyson Frizell.

Interchange: David Klemmer, Wade Graham, Jake Trbojevic, Jack Bird.

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