NSW State of Origin Team 2020

Updated: Jul 19, 2020

For full disclosure, there’s just so many blokes in the NSW team I can’t bring myself to like but I am going to try and get through this without any prejudice. For those who missed it, yesterday I went through and picked the mighty maroons side for Game 1 2020.

QLD fan looks away now, Game III highlights from 2019.

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Righto, the cockroaches. They pulled off a great last minute victory to break QLD’s collective heart in 2019 and you have to respect how good a couple of their blokes are on the big stage. I think the QLD’ers will be better 12 months on but there’s a bit more stability in the NSW team, albeit a likely change to the crucial halves positions.

1. James Tedesco

2. Josh Addo-Carr

3. Tom Trbojevic

4. Latrell Mitchell

5. Blake Ferguson

6. Luke Keary

7. Nathan Cleary

8. Payne Haas

9. Damien Cook

10. David Klemmer

11. Boyd Cordner (c)

12. Tyson Frizell

13. Jake Trbojevic

14. Jack Wighton

15. Cameron Murray

16. Paul Vaughan

17. Dale Finucane

Tedesco is of course an absolute lock for the Fullback position and I think the wingers are sorted provided Addo-Carr maintains his social distance until restrictions ease. Freddy has a huge opinion of Ferguson and he was responsible for the finishing play in Game III last year.

As a QLD supporter, I do not want Latrell Mitchell playing against us. Granted he is playing the year at Fullback for Souths and won’t be getting time to prove himself in the Centres but I think he will find his way back in the side, albeit Jack Wighton won’t be giving up the position without a fight.

The halves pairing will change with Jimmy Maloney of course overseas and I think Mitch Pearce will struggle to get back in despite steering the Blues to success in 2019. This paves the way for Luke Keary who missed out due to concussion prior to Game 1 last year and the Tik Tok-er, Nathan Cleary to take ownership of the 6 & 7.

Forward pack is big and strong, Payne Haas will find a home in the starting line up and they’ll be led again by Boyd Cordner. The crafty and hard-working Damien Cook will return to beat QLD in behind the ruck once again and where I think the Blues might have the edge on QLD is with their bench. Wighton (if he’s there) and Murray give them great spark and energy whilst Vaughn and Finucane are tough and the right type of player to be playing Origin footballer, as they’ve already shown.

To sum things up, I hate NSW but they’ll be hard to beat in 2020, particularly if all 3 games are playing in Sydney. Hopefully Annastacia Palaszczuk sorts her shit out and we can play some football at Suncorp. Regardless, I’ll tip QLD to win the series 2-1 and if we need it, we’ll get Alfie to play in the decider.


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