State of Origin eligibility check: NSW and QLD teams announced for Game One 2016

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We’ve gone in-depth on all the data from State of Origin and unearthed the truth about player eligibility in the legendary NSW vs. QLD war - you’d do well to check out our incredible findings. But how will the latest crop of 2016 players impact this long and revered history?

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The QLD State of Origin Team:

Darius Boyd (Fullback), Corey Oates (Wing), Greg Inglis (Centre), Justin O’Neill (Centre), Dane Gagai (Wing), Johnathan Thurston (Five-Eight), Cooper Cronk (Halfback), Matt Scott (Prop), Cameron Smith (c) (Hooker), Nate Myles (Prop), Aidan Guerra (Back Row), Matt Gillett (Back Row), Corey Parker (Lock), Michael Morgan (Reserve), Sam Thaiday (Reserve), Josh Papalii (Reserve), Josh McGuire (Reserve)

The NSW State of Origin Team:

Matt Moylan (Fullback), Josh Mansour (Wing), Michael Jennings (Centre), Josh Dugan (Centre), Blake Ferguson (Wing), James Maloney (Five-Eight), Adam Reynolds (Halfback), Paul Gallen (c) (Front Row), Robbie Farah (Hooker), Aaron Woods (Front Row), Josh Jackson (Back Row), Boyd Cordner (Back Row), Greg Bird (Lock), Andrew Fifita (Reserve), James Tamou (Reserve), David Klemmer (Reserve), Dylan Walker (Reserve), Tyson Frizell (Squad), Josh Morris (Squad)

How do these announced teams impact eligibility data?

The new QLD Team contains 4 players not born in QLD = 23.5%

  • 3 of these players were born in NSW
  • The one debutant is a born Queenslander, slightly bringing down the percentage of our overall data on contributions by non-QLD born players to QLD.

The new NSW Team contains 2 players not born in NSW = 11.8%

  • 0 of these players were born in QLD
  • There are two debutants, both of whom were born in NSW, slightly increasing the percentage of contributions by NSW-born players to the NSW cause.

If, as expected, Michael Morgan comes in for the injured Daly Cherry-Evans, it will be a born-Queenslander for born-Queenslander swap, and the base data will not be impacted.

  • However as a debutant, Morgan’s proposed involvement would increase slightly the number of born-Queenslanders overall to play for the Maroons, slightly bringing down the percentage of our overall data on contributions by non-QLD born players to QLD.
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    July 8, 2016

    Will Bryce Cartwright be playing for the panthers on Sunday.

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      ChrisJuly 8, 2016Staff

      Hi Ron,

      Yes Bryce will be playing for the Panthers and is named as starting five-eight. When players are selected as cover or as emerging players in State of Origin teams, they spend time with the squad, but also play for their club teams during the weekend.



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    NilpisMay 31, 2016

    What impact will a single player have on the game, whether he is QLD-born or NSW-born? Cut the crap and just LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!

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    boazMay 24, 2016

    now that semi radradra has represented Australia, which state is he eligible to play for?

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      ShirleyMay 31, 2016Staff

      Hi Boaz,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately there are different eligibility rules between State of Origin (run in Australia) and the international game (global guidelines). So why by the international rules he was eligible to declare for Australia, this is not impact his eligibility here in Australia. And he did not spend his junior NRL career playing here – so he is not allowed to play for either NSW or QLD.

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