Huge changes to the NSW State of Origin Team for Game 2, 2019
With the series on the line, the NSW State of Origin team selections need to be brave and, perhaps, even brutal. Here is the team.
It is backs against the wall for the NSW State of Origin team heading into game 2 of the 2019 series. While the 18-14 loss to Queensland looked close on paper, in truth, the Maroons from north of the border were the far better team for the final 60 minutes of the game. If not for lady luck, Queensland would have had quite a few more tries.
There was always going to be changes to the NSW State of Origin team for Game 2; David Klemmer, Payne Haas and Nick Cotric were both ruled out injured well before Brad Fittler, Greg Alexander and Danny Buderus sat down to discuss their options. Massive doubts over Latrell Mitchel's confidence, and a lacklustre performance from Cody Walker, also posed interesting questions.
Plus, there simply wasn't enough size off the bench in Game 1: would that force the selector's hand in picking the NSW State of Origin team for the do-or-die match on Sunday June 23 in Perth? It turns out the answer is yes! Dropped from the team, but not due to injury, are Latrell Mitchell, Josh Morris, Angus Crighton and Cody Walker.
Two rookies have been selected, too - Dale Finucane and Daniel Saifiti. Well deserved if you ask us. Here is the full NSW State of Origin team for Game 2 of the 2019 series.
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Official Game 2 NSW State of Origin Team
- James Tedesco
- Blake Ferguson
- Tom Trbojevic
- Jack Wighton
- Josh Addo-Carr
- James Maloney
- Nathan Cleary
- Daniel Saifiti
- Damien Cook
- Paul Vaughan
- Boyd Cordner (c)
- Tyson Frizell
- Jake Trbojevic
- Dale Finucane
- Tariq Sims
- Cameron Murray
- Wade Graham