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State of Origin Team Lists: Game One

Official squads and team lists for Game One of the 2022 Ampol State of Origin series.

The Rundown

Team news

New South Wales: James Tedesco will captain a Blues side which includes three debutants Ryan Matterson, Kotoni Staggs and Stephen Crichton in the 17 and three more (Joseph Suaalii, Nicho Hynes and Jacob Saifiti) in the extended squad. Staggs will partner Canberra's Jack Wighton in a new-look centre pairing while Daniel Tupou as earned a recall on the wing after missing last year's series. Eels enforcer Reagan Campbell-Gillard will play his first Origin game since 2018. The starting 13 contains eight players who featured in Game Three of last year's series - Tedesco, Brian To'o, Wighton, Cameron Murray, Isaah Yeo, Junior Paulo, Tariq Sims and Damien Cook.

Queensland: Billy Slater's first Origin squad as coach features four debutants - Cowboys duo Reuben Cotter and Jeremiah Nanai along with Broncos Patrick Carrigan and Selwyn Cobbo. Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans will skipper the side for the 10th consecutive time and is surrounded by familiar faces in the backline with Kalyn Ponga, Val Holmes, Dane Gagai, Xavier Coates and Cameron Munster all back on deck after playing in Game Three last year. Ben Hunt will start at hooker with Harry Grant on the bench. After missing last year's series with injury, Roosters prop Lindsay Collins returns to the side and is named on the bench. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui moves to prop to replace Christian Welch, who is out with a season-ending achilles injury.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Blues is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Maroons is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
  • Winger for Blues is number 2 Brian To'o
    Winger for Maroons is number 2 Selwyn Cobbo
  • Centre for Blues is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
    Centre for Maroons is number 3 Valentine Holmes
  • Centre for Blues is number 4 Jack Wighton
    Centre for Maroons is number 4 Dane Gagai
  • Winger for Blues is number 5 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Maroons is number 5 Xavier Coates
  • Five-Eighth for Blues is number 6 Jarome Luai
    Five-Eighth for Maroons is number 6 Cameron Munster
  • Halfback for Blues is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Maroons is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Blues is number 8 Payne Haas
    Prop for Maroons is number 8 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
  • Hooker for Blues is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Maroons is number 9 Ben Hunt
  • Prop for Blues is number 16 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Maroons is number 10 Josh Papalii
  • 2nd Row for Blues is number 12 Tariq Sims
    2nd Row for Maroons is number 11 Kurt Capewell
  • 2nd Row for Blues is number 15 Liam Martin
    2nd Row for Maroons is number 12 Felise Kaufusi
  • Lock for Blues is number 13 Isaah Yeo
    Lock for Maroons is number 13 Reuben Cotter

Interchange

  • Interchange for Blues is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Interchange for Maroons is number 14 Harry Grant
  • Interchange for Blues is number 11 Cameron Murray
    Interchange for Maroons is number 15 Lindsay Collins
  • Interchange for Blues is number 14 Stephen Crichton
    Interchange for Maroons is number 16 Patrick Carrigan
  • Interchange for Blues is number 17 Ryan Matterson
    Interchange for Maroons is number 17 Jeremiah Nanai

Reserves

  • Replacement for Blues is number 18 Nicholas Hynes
    Replacement for Maroons is number 19 Jai Arrow

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

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Stat Attack

Since Origin moved to a three-game series in 1982 there have been just seven series clean sweeps. The Blues have enjoyed three sweeps - in 1986 under Wayne Pearce's captaincy and twice under Brad Fittler, in 1996 and 2000. The Maroons have achieved the feat four times - in 1988 and '89 under 'The King' Wally Lewis, 1995 with Trevor Gillmeister at the helm and 2010 with Darren Lockyer leading the way.

If Joseph Suaalii is handed a Blues debut during this series he would become the fourth 18-year-old to play State of Origin after Ben Ikin (18 years, 83 days in 1995), Brad Fittler (18 years, 114 days in 1990) and Brett Dallas (18 years, 225 days in 1993).

 

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