This year’s State of Origin series will begin on Wednesday 8th June, as the NSW Blues look to make it two series victories in a row. 

Brad Fittler is sticking with plenty of the same players that brought his side success in 2021, but there will be some new faces with some big guns sidelined due to injury. 

Latrell Mitchell and Tom Trbojevic are both set to miss at least the season opener, with Kotoni Staggs and Ryan Matterson among this year’s Origin debutants. 

Ryan Papenhuyzen looked set for a debut but has been ruled out for six weeks. Stephen Crichton has now been named to make his debut in the No.14 utility for the Blues after his strong start to the 2022 campaign. 

NSW Blues Game I Confirmed Team

1. James Tedesco

2. Brian To’o

3. Kotoni Staggs

4. Jack Wighton

5. Daniel Tupou

6. Jarome Luai

7. Nathan Cleary 

8. Payne Haas

9. Damien Cook

10. Junior Paulo

11. Cameron Murray

12. Tariq Sims

13. Isaah Yeo

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14. Stephen Crichton

15. Liam Martin

16. Reagan Campbell-Gillard

17. Ryan Matterson

(18. Nicho Hynes)

Extended Squad: Joseph Suaalii, Daniel Saifiti, Api Koroisau, Tyson Frizell

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