2015 State Of Origin Game 2 Teams Released

June 10th, 2015

The squads for the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues that will face off in 2015 Holden State Of Origin Game 2 in Melbourne next Wednesday night, June 17, have been announced with a few crucial changes to the teams that played in the series opener.

Game 2 of this year’s Origin series takes place for the first time at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, neutral territory that could actually work in favour of the Maroons who have a number of Melbourne Storm players in their squad including skipper Cameron Smith.

The State Of Origin betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au reflect this and Queensland are the current $1.60 favourites to win Game 2 and the series after they narrowly beat the Blues in Sydney for the first game three weeks ago.

The Laurie Daley-coached New South Wales team meanwhile pays $2.35 to keep their hopes of back-to-back shields following an upset over eight-straight series champions Queensland in 2014.

NSW VB Blues State Of Origin Team – Game 2

  1. Josh Dugan
  2. Brett Morris
  3. Michael Jennings
  4. Josh Morris
  5. Will Hopoate
  6. Mitchell Pearce
  7. Trent Hodkinson
  8. Aaron Woods
  9. Robbie Farah
  10. James Tamou
  11. Beau Scott
  12. Ryan Hoffman
  13. Paul Gallen(c)

Interchange

  1. Boyd Cordner
  2. Trent Merrin
  3. Josh Jackson
  4. David Klemmer

There are two big changes to the New South Wales team from game one into game two including the return of captain Paul Gallen who missed the first with injury.

He is back here in the No. 13, pushing Josh Jackson onto the bench and Andrew Fifita out of the squad completely.

In Gallen’s place for the opener as captain was Robbie Farah, the hooker named in the game two team despite his own shoulder injury concerns that could have seen him unavailable and open up the return to Origin of Michael Ennis.

Daniel Tupou has also been dropped from the squad after performing below par at club level over the past few weeks for the Roosters, speedy winger Brett Morris coming in to fill his spot for his 11th State of Origin game.

Morris’s twin brother Josh is also named for the Blues team playing in the centres with Michael Jennings, while on the opposite wing is the Eels’ Will Hopoate with a recall.

Daley is also sticking with the same No. 1 with Josh Dugan as fullback and the same halves combo from game one with a non-club pairing of Trent Hodkinson and Mitchell Pearce, despite the strong claims staked by Raiders’ playmaker Blake Austin to fill one of the positions.

QLD XXXX Maroons State Of Origin Team – Game 2

  1. Billy Slater
  2. Darius Boyd
  3. Greg Inglis
  4. Justin Hodges
  5. Will Chambers
  6. Johnathan Thurston
  7. Daly Cherry-Evans
  8. Matt Scott
  9. Cameron Smith (c)
  10. Nate Myles
  11. Aidan Guerra
  12. Sam Thaiday
  13. Corey Parker

Interchange

  1. Michael Morgan
  2. Josh McGuire
  3. Matt Gillett
  4. Jacob Lillyman

Extended Squad 

  • Josh Papalii
  • Dane Gagai
  • Korbin Sims

Queensland dug deep and held on to win the opener and are now looking to seal the series win with a victory in Melbourne before Game 3 plays out at Suncorp Stadium on July 8 where a 3 – nil whitewash in favour of the Maroons in Brisbane would be the fairytale result.

Veteran Queensland coach Mal Meninga was forced to make a couple of changes to his team from game one with a knee injury ruling out Cooper Cronk.

Cronk broke his arm early in the series last year and many say he was the missing piece of the puzzle that forced Queensland out of success.

He returned for game one in 2015 and his side won but now he’s on the sidelines again and controversially Daly Cherry-Evans is in his place.

Cherry-Evans missed game one, despite being a first pick of Meninga’s, with his own injury issue and has been in the news all week for turning his back on a contract with the Gold Coast to remain a Sea Eagle for a juicy sum.

The rest of the side is unchanged and it is the experience of the Queenslanders the bookies are backing for game two and the overall State Of Origin series result.

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