2010 State of Origin Game 1 – NSW Team Rundown

May 19th, 2010

The 2010 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series, Australia’s favourite Rugby League showdown, is just around the corner and the teams for game one have been announced.

The first Blues v Maroons clash will take place on Wednesday May 26 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney when the men from down south will fight to put a stop to Queensland’s dominance in the State v State battle as the Maroons set their sights on a record fifth straight series win.

The Blues have a very physical side this year, including the leading try-scorer in the NRL so far this season, the speedy Brett Morris named as the right winger.

Morris has scored 11 tries for St George Illawarra over his 10 matches this year and especially impressed Origin selectors when he scored a double for Kangaroos in the 2010 Australia v New Zealand test match.

For the second year in a row Kurt Gidley from the Newcastle Knights will captain the Blues and has beaten many other NRL starts to the No. 1 jersey, being named as the fullback ahead of other hopefuls including giant 19-year-old Jamal Idris.

Making his Origin debut, Idris will play wearing the No. 14 and it is likely Gidley will move to hooker throughout the match so as Idris can strengthen the Blues backline when he comes off the bench, adding depth to the NSW squad.

And the selectors have gone for one imposing backline, with Matt Cooper and Morris on the right, and reigning Dally M Medallist Jarryd Hayne pairing up with dual international Timana Tahu on the left.

The bigger the better it would seem, and they will need the size to try and stop the likes of Maroon star attackers Greg Inglis and Israel Folau.

Despite being named in the No. 4 jersey, his first Origin selection since 2006, Tahu’s 2010 Origin future is still uncertain due to an ankle injury he sustained in the City v Country rep match. He will undergo more physio with a decision on whether or not he will play in the series opener made at the end of the week.

Other talents to aid the Blues assault include Manly co-captain Jamie Lyon as five-eighth, playing outside of his usual role as centre with the Sea Eagles and replacing Sharks captain Trent Barrett who failed to retain the Blues No. 6 jersey this year, while veteran halfback Brett Kimmorley and fellow Bulldog Michael Ennis were again handed their No. 7 & 9 Blues jerseys.

Notable omissions from the NSW team for game one this year include Penrith’s Michael Jennings, who was super impressive last week scoring a hat-trick in the Panthers win against the Sharks, and Cronulla’s top forward Paul Gallen.

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2010 State of Origin Game 1 – NSW Blues Team:

1. Kurt Gidley (c) (Newcastle Knights)

2. Brett Morris (St George Illawarra Dragons)

3. Matt Cooper (St George Illawarra Dragons)

4. Timana Tahu (Parramatta Eels)

5. Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)

6. Jamie Lyon (Manly Sea Eagles)

7. Brett Kimmorley (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

8. Michael Weyman (St George Illawarra Dragons)

9. Michael Ennis (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

10. Josh Perry (Manly Sea Eagles)

11. Trent Waterhouse (Penrith Panters)

12. Ben Creagh (St George Illawarra Dragons)

13. Anthony Watmough (Manly Sea Eagles)

Interchange:

14. Jamal Idris (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

15. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Canberra Raiders)

16. Luke Lewis (Penrith Panthers)

17. Brett White (Melbourne Storm)

Coach:

Craig Bellamy