Uate dropped for Origin decider

NSW coach Ricky Stuart has called on Dragons’ fullback Brett Morris to replace Newcastle's Akuila Uate, while naming a 19-man squad for NSW to take on Queensland in the State of Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium on July 4.

Manly’s Tony Williams returns to the side after injuring his back in the series opener, while Dragons' forward Beau Scott has also been added to the squad to cover for Glenn Stewart, who was named on Sunday afternoon by Stuart, despite being under a serious injury cloud.

But it is Brett Morris' inclusion in place of Uate which is the major talking point for the Blues.

Stuart is keeping his cards pretty close to his chest, naming the squad in alphabetical order.

Queensland won the opening game 18-10 at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium before NSW levelled the ledger with a 16-12 victory at ANZ Stadium to send the series to a decider.

The NSW 19-man squad to take on Queensland on July 4 at Suncorp Stadium:

Greg Bird

Todd Carney

Ben Creagh

Robbie Farah

Paul Gallen (C)

Jarryd Hayne

Tim Grant

Michael Jennings

Luke Lewis

Trent Merrin

Brett Morris

Josh Morris

Mitchell Pearce

Beau Scott

Brett Stewart

Glenn Stewart

James Tamou

Anthony Watmough

Tony Williams

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