2014 State Of Origin Game 3 NSW Team – Josh Morris Back

July 1st, 2014

One of the two Morris twins who missed 2014 State Of Origin Game II for the Blues, where their side secured their first series win in nine years, returns for Game III Wednesday week on July 9.

Canterbury centre Josh Morris has been named on the official 17-man New South Wales Blues State of Origin team coming back from a knee injury after a stellar performance in the series opener.

His brother Brett Morris however is still out after injuring his shoulder whilst scoring a try for this year’s eventual shield holders who are now out for a 3 – 0 result at Suncorp Stadium next week.

With Michael Jennings out with a torn back tendon Josh Morris, playing for the first time in six weeks, replaces him on the wing as one of three forced alterations to the Blues team for the finishing leg of the tournament.

Parramatta’s Will Hopoate is also with a shoulder injury out allowing for Newcastle winger James McManus, who only just missed selection for Game I to Daniel Tupou and Brett Morris, to come in as their replacement.

“His form slipped away a bit, but he’s been a part of our team for a couple of years now and we know he’s professional,” Blues’ coach Laurie Daley said of McManus.

Manly’s second-rower Anthony Watmough meanwhile misses Origin III on suspension copping a four match ban for a dangers throw on Queensland prop Nate Miles in Game two on June 18.

Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner, who proved his fitness in Sydney’s loss to the Sea Eagles last Friday night after being out for seven weeks, then comes in on the bench instead selected over Bulldogs forward Tony Williams.

“He’s a quality player, and once he got through that game we knew he would be okay,” Daley said of Cordner who injured his ankle on the eve of the Origin opener.

Both McManus and Cordner, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, were a part of the Origin decider in Queensland last year but make their first 2014 Origin appearance next Wednesday.

The odds are against the Blues securing their first clean sweep since 2000 however.

If successful in Game III they will become just the third NSW team to win in Brisbane twice in one series, the last being Phil Gould’s 1996 team.

State Of Origin betting markets suggest that won’t happen however with the Blues currently paying $2.45 to win while Queensland are the obvious favourites at $1.57.

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2014 State Of Origin Game 3 – New South Wales Team

1. Jarryd Hayne – (Parramatta Eels)

2. James McManus – (Newcastle Knights)

3. Josh Dugan – (St George Illawarra Dragons)

4. Josh Morris – (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

5. Daniel Tupou – (Sydney Roosters)

6. Josh Reynolds – (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

7. Trent Hodkinson – (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

8. Aaron Woods – (Wests Tigers)

9. Robbie Farah – (Wests Tigers)

10. Paul Gallen – (Cronulla Sutherland Sharks) (c)

11. Ryan Hoffman – (Melbourne Storm)

12. Beau Scott – (Newcastle Knights)

13. Greg Bird – (Gold Coast Titans)

Interchange:

14. James Tamou – (North Queensland Cowboys)

15. Trent Merrin – (St George Illawarra Dragons)

16. Boyd Cordner – (Sydney Roosters)

17. Luke Lewis – (Cronulla Sutherland Sharks)

Coach: Laurie Daley