Everyone has their opinion. Everyone wants to be the selector. So I thought it was about time to throw my two cents in and pick my Blues side. So here goes!
Fullback: Anthony Minichiello
Other Contenders: Brett Morris, Jarryd Hayne, Josh Dugan
The veteran Sydney Roosters fullback may not have played in the City/Country Origin match due to a hip complaint, but the man is a proven match winner at State of Origin level.
There is no room for mistakes in the pressure cooker that is Origin, and Minichiello ticks all the boxes. Minichiello beats out Dragons superstar Brett Morris and Parramatta enigma, Jarryd Hayne.
Josh Dugan wont be ready in time due to injury but will probably play a part through the series.
Wingers: Akuila Uate and Brett Morris
Other Contenders: Jarryd Hayne, David Williams, Matt King
Akuila Uate picks himself after once again representing Australia in the Anzac Test match against New Zealand. Uate is now expected to star every time he pulls on the sky blue jumper.
Dragons’ flyer Brett Morris gets the other wing spot ahead of David Williams who continues to improve after neck surgery. Matt King is another guy who could easily do a job in the backline for the Blues.
Centres: Chris Lawrence and Josh Morris
Other Contenders: Matt King, Michael Jennings
Josh Morris was struggling last season and stuck in NSW Cup. Somehow he ended up scoring a place on the Four Nations tour at the end of the year and hasn’t looked back. Morris is now one of the most dangerous centres in the game and will have to be at his very best to combat the greatest centre pairing Queensland has ever produced.
Chris Lawrence is a tricky one. The man simply hasn’t been any good so far in 2012 but deserves a crack at the Queenslanders.
Five-Eight: Todd Carney
Other Contenders: Jarrod Mullen, Jamie Soward, Jarryd Hayne
Todd Carney is the definitive x-factor and the one Queensland are worrying about the most. His combination with Mitchell Pearce and Minichiello could be a pivotal factor.
Jarrod Mullen played himself out of a jumper on the weekend in Mudgee and the reports that Jarryd Hayne was a possibility at six are crazy.
Halfback: Mitchell Pearce
Other Contenders: Peter Wallace
Mitchell Pearce has consolidated his spot in the Origin side and probably would have kept it whether Peter Wallace was injured or not. Pearce is my dark horse for man of the match in Origin One.
Props: Paul Gallen and James Tamou
Other Contenders: Trent Merrin, Aaron Woods, Luke Douglas
Paul Gallen is God and can play for New South Wales for as long as he likes. The man is not human and continues to astound.
I’ve said my peace about James Tamou and accepted he is going to play for the Blues. So why not start him and see what he has.
Hooker: Danny Buderus
Other Contenders: Michael Ennis, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Robbie Farah
I know Danny Buderus didn’t play City/Country because of “injury” but the man has to be picked. His experience and determination will rub off on the other players.
Second Row: Anthony Watmough and Tariq Sims
Other Contenders: Beau Scott, Ben Creagh, Feleti Mateo
The Blues have a long list of backrowers who could do a “job”. But you cant pick them all so Anthony Watmough gets one spot.
Tariq Sims has an aggressive streak that many other young players lack and could do some serious damage early on if he starts. Why leave him on the bench until the 30th minute?
Lock: Luke Lewis
Other Contenders: Greg Bird, Beau Scott, Ryan Hoffman
Luke Lewis would be the second man picked in my side behind Gallen. He gives his guts for his state and you just have to pick him.
Bench: Kurt Gidley, Michael Weyman, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Greg Bird
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