5 Rookies! NSW State of Origin Team Announced for Game 1

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At dinner time on Sunday May 26, Brad Fittler revealed the NSW State of Origin team for Game 1 at Suncorp Stadium on June 5. As a result of injury and poor form, the successful team from Game 3 in 2018 has faced some substantial changes. When we consider that NSW hasn't been able to string two series victories together in a row for well over a decade, it's unfortunate.

Five rookies have been selected in the team. If you're a rugby league fan, make sure you check out our analysis of the Top 50 Rookie Performances in State of Origin History. But for now, let's get straight to business; here is the NSW State of Origin Game 1 team:

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NSW State of Origin squad game 1

  1. James Tedesco
  2. Nick Cotric (Rookie)
  3. Latrell Mitchell
  4. Josh Morris
  5. Josh Addo-Carr
  6. Cody Walker (Rookie)
  7. Nathan Cleary
  8. David Klemmer
  9. Damien Cook
  10. Paul Vaughan
  11. Boyd Cordner
  12. Tyson Frizell
  13. Jake Trbojevic


  1. Jack Wighton (Rookie)
  2. Payne Haas (Rookie)
  3. Cameron Murray (Rookie)
  4. Angus Crichton

In 2018, Brad Fittler shook the entire state with a fresh-faced, untried NSW State of Origin team that manages to defeat the Queenslanders in a memorable victory. With James Roberts, Tyrone Peachy and James Maloney well out of form, superstar Tom Trbojevcic injured, and Jack De Belin stood down, changes were required.

Brad Fittler has stuck, for the most part, with youth. A large and extremely mobile bench will terrify the Queenslanders. While the form of Cody Walker, Damien Cook and James Tedesco, as well as experience in the form of veteran Josh Morris, present a powerful team. Nick Cotric will need to have the game of his life to hold Tommy Turbo out of Game 2, too.

How to watch State of Origin

The rugby league broadcast landscape has seen something of an upheaval this year with the arrival of Kayo Sports. It's a new sports streaming service with some incredibly powerful features. We've gone into great detail examining all the ways you can watch the NRL, including the State of Origin, in this comparison.

Elsewhere, we have all the fixtures and results for the NRL season on one handy page. As well as your best alternative viewing experiences for those who are missing the cancelled Footy Show.

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