Amie Lindsell, NRL.com
Former NSW forward Nathan Hindmarsh says he’s more excited to find out who NSW coach Laurie Daley will pick in his side for Holden State of Origin Game One than he is about the actual match itself.
Daley has a few tough decisions to make before Sunday nights NSW VB Blues Team Announcement and Hindmarsh believes the debuting coach’s biggest issue is that he’s spoilt for choice.
“There are lots of players to choose from and I’m really interested in the front row and the forwards.
“There are so many blokes in form; Fifita [Andrew], Timmy [Tim] Mannah, Tim Grant, Kade Snowden played well the other week.
“The halves pairing; we know Mitchel Pearce will get picked, now it’s up to Todd Carney and James Maloney to prove themselves.”
Hindmarsh had no doubt former Eels teammate Jarryd Hayne will get the call-up to play fullback.
With injury ruling Brett Stewart out of the series opening game on June 5 at ANZ Stadium, Hayne is next in line for the number one.
“The last several weeks he’s definitely been the most in-form fullback,” Hindmarsh said.
“He’s well on his way to trying to regain the crown of the NRL’s number one fullback.”
The makeup of Laurie Daley’s side will be crucial to guarantee NSW the best start possible to the 2013 Holden State of Origin series. The team will be named on Sunday at 5.15pm and will be covered by NRL.com.