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1Brett Stewart

Club: Manly Sea Eagles

Position: Fullback

The best option from a quality field as he is the safest last line of defence for NSW.

2Akuila Uate

Club: Newcastle Knights

Position: Wing

Absolutely suited to Origin football being one of the most powerful runners in the game.

3Chris Lawrence

Club: Wests Tigers

Position: Centre

His defensive strength will be needed against the power of Greg Inglis.

4Josh Morris

Club: Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

Position: Centre

In career-best touch with two hat-tricks contributing to his eight tries from nine matches.

5Brett Morris

Club: St George Illawarra Dragons

Position: Wing

Will move seamlessly back on to the left wing after playing fullback for the Dragons.

6Todd Carney

Club: Cronulla Sharks

Position: Five-eighth

A big onus is on Carney to work out a kicking system with Pearce to nullify Billy Slater.

7Mitchell Pearce

Club: Sydney Roosters

Position: Halfback

His biggest asset is his ability to play direct and at the defensive line.

8Michael Weyman

Club: St George Illawarra Dragons

Position: Front Row

The big man has the type of compact build that his hard to put a shot on.

9Robbie Farah

Club: Wests Tigers

Position: Hooker

He will need to curb some natural instincts to play within the confines of the team.

10Paul Gallen

Club: Cronulla Sharks

Position: Front Row

Enough said.

11Luke Lewis

Club: Penrith Panthers

Position: Second Row

His angled runs tend to be more effective closer on the edges for the Panthers.

12Ben Creagh

Club: St George Illawarra Dragons

Position: Second Row

He is yet to impose himself on Origin, but his raw-boned hardness is hard to leave out.

13Greg Bird

Club: Gold Coast Titans

Position: Lock

He may be diminutive in comparison to other forwards but he is uncompromising.

14Anthony Watmough

Club: Manly Sea Eagles

Position: Interchange

Very difficult not to include him in the starting 13.

15Glenn Stewart

Club: Manly Sea Eagles

Position: Interchange

All class, and three games under his belt after injury will have him cherry ripe and fresh to go.

16James Tamou

Club: North Queensland Cowboys

Position: Interchange

Was excellent for Australia against the Kiwis, and worthy of Origin.

17Ryan Hinchcliffe

Club: Melbourne Storm

Position: Interchange

Fills the Gidley void beautifully and covers any number of positions.

1Billy Slater

Club: Melbourne Storm

Position: Fullback

Best fullback in the world – picks himself.

2Darius Boyd

Club: Newcastle Knights

Position: Wing

Has never let Queensland down.

3Justin Hodges

Club: Brisbane Broncos

Position: Centre

Strong ball runner always asking questions of the defence.

4Greg Inglis

Club: South Sydney Rabbitohs

Position: Centre

Put in one of the best individual performances of the season last week, superstar.

5Brent Tate

Club: North Queensland Cowboys

Position: Wing

All heart, a great player.

6Johnathan Thurston

Club: North Queensland Cowboys

Position: Five-eighth

Has stepped up his play over the last few weeks, hasn’t missed a game during Queensland’s six-year dominance.

7Cooper Cronk

Club: Melbourne Storm

Position: Halfback

Complements Thurston really well, played well together in the Test match and controls a game with structured play.

8Matthew Scott

Club: North Queensland Cowboys

Position: Front Row

Arguably the game’s premier prop.

9Cameron Smith

Club: Melbourne Storm

Position: Hooker

Everything starts with Smith.

10Petero Civoniceva

Club: Brisbane Broncos

Position: Front Row

One of the greats of the game.

11David Taylor

Club: South Sydney Rabbitohs

Position: Second Row

Has taken his game to another level this year, very dangerous ball-runner.

12Sam Thaiday

Club: Brisbane Broncos

Position: Second Row

Great skill for a big man, doesn’t stop.

13Nate Myles

Club: Gold Coast Titans

Position: Lock

As hard-working as they come, will tackle himself to a standstill.

14David Shillington

Club: Canberra Raiders

Position: Interchange

Tall, big and strong with a handy offload.

15Ben Hannant

Club: Brisbane Broncos

Position: Interchange

Was almost best on ground for Australia off the bench against New Zealand, big engine and a quick play-the-ball.

16Matt Gillett

Club: Brisbane Broncos

Position: Interchange

Utility youngster with a big future.

17Ashley Harrison

Club: Gold Coast Titans

Position: Interchange

Just keeps tackling, does his job very well for Queensland.