2011 State of Origin Teams – NSW Game 3

June 27th, 2011

One of the most monumental State v State showdowns in Rugby League history will take place Wednesday week when the do-or-die 2011 State of Origin Game 3 decider takes place, and the New South Wales Blues have named their State of Origin team that will look to stop Queensland from securing a record sixth straight Origin series.

After the Queensland Maroons kicked off this year’s Origin contest with a gritty opening clash success, the Ricky Stuart-coached Blues fought their way back into the tournament with an upset win in Sydney in-front of a roaring home crowd at ANZ Stadium for Origin game two.

Now the scene is set for Maroons’ skipper Darren Lockyer’s swansong Origin appearance, Queensland vying for the Suncorp Stadium victory in Origin III on Wednesday July 6.

Despite their game two loss, Queensland have retrained State of Origin series betting favouritism to win the decider and are paying $1.67 to again etch their state on the coveted Origin shield through leading online bookmaker Luxbet.

Having shown determination and ability for their shock Game 2 victory, the Blues on Sunday night announced their extended 20-man team with two surprise debutants in the mix.

New South Wales supporters can get early odds of $2.20 for a second Origin upset at Luxbet, with plenty of money already coming in for the Blues to rain on Queensland’s parade.

The newly-named Blues squad features Manly’s Glenn Steward and Wests Tiger’s Keith Galloway, the duo to play in their first ever Origin game if selected in the final 17 for the Wednesday week clash.

With young Will Hopoate ruled out of a return after the 19-year-old debuted for the Blues in game two due to injury, the only other alterations to the New South Welshmen’s crew is the recall of the Panther’s flyer Michael Jennings and Dragon’s winger Brett Morris.

Both Jennings and Morris played in the opening Origin battle but missed round two due to injury.

There is also a cloud hanging over Newcastle Knights’ player Kurt Gidley who is fighting to overcome a hamstring injury in time to don his Blues jumper and Beau Scott (knee).

In a gamble, Stuart has also made the announcement that Eels’ start Jarryd Hayne will play in the centres for the third Mate v Mate match.

Stuart will finalise his 2011 State of Origin Blues team following the Dragons v Sea Eagles top-of-the-table clash on tonight at WIN Stadium at 7:00pm (local time), after which the availability of all of his named team will be known 100 per cent.

The Queensland Maroons’ coach Mal Meninga will announce his 17-man squad of champions on Tuesday night, the anticipation building for the sunshine state boys to give Lockyer a winning 35th and final Origin game.

Only one change to the reigning Origin champ’s line-up since their game two loss is expected, with resuming Broncos player Justin Hodges likely to push-out Melbourne’s Dane Nielson.

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2011 NSW VB Blues State of Origin Game 3 Squad

Paul Gallen (c) (Cronulla Sharks)

Greg Bird (Gold Coast Titans)

Ben Creagh (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Michael Ennis (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

Keith Galloway (Wests Tigers)

Mark Gasnier (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Kurt Gidley (Newcastle Knights)

Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)

Michael Jennings (Penrith Panthers)

Luke Lewis (Penrith Panthers)

Tim Mannah (Parramatta Eels)

Trent Merrin (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Anthony Minichiello (Sydney Roosters)

Brett Morris (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Mitchell Pearce (Sydney Roosters)

Beau Scott (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Jamie Soward (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Glenn Stewart (Manly Sea Eagles)

Akuila Uate (Newcastle Knights)

Anthony Watmough (Manly Sea Eagles)