City and Country Origin teams

City Origin:

Brett Hodgson, Jarryd Hayne, Ben Pomeroy, Brett Delaney, Luke Rooney, Braith Anasta, Mitchell Pearce, Jason King, Corey Hughes, Mark O’Meley, Luke Lewis, Mark Minichiello, John Sutton.

Interchange: Bryce Gibbs, Ray Cashmere, Feleti Mateo, Peter Wallace.

Country Origin:

Brett Stewart, Joel Monaghan, Jamie Lyon, Matt Cooper, Anthony Quinn, Todd Carney, Brett Finch, Brett White, Danny Buderus (capt), Anthony Laffranchi, Nathan Hindmarsh, Andrew Ryan, Craig Fitzgibbon.

Interchange: Ben Cross, Chris Heighington, Brett Kearney, Glenn Stewart.

Interesting team choices in some areas – I applaud the Roosters’ halves being picked together, although I’d imagine that Tim Sheens will swap Pearce and Wallace around during the game to give them both a chance to impress NSW selectors. I’m slightly surprised at the inclusion of the Lukes Rooney and Lewis – Rooney’s been solid but not as spectacular as he was a few years ago and whilst Lewis has played well in the second row for the past 2 games with Penrith, I think he still does his best as a centre.

Plenty of experience though to fight for the few spots that are left in the potential NSW State of Origin team – if WIN Stadium isn’t packed on Friday, then I will be very, very surprised.


One Response

  1. Luke Lewis, I still cant get used to him in the 2nd Row.
    other notables:
    Glenn Stewart, Im very happy for him
    No Orford is interesting
    Cashmere is a bit of a surprise
    other than that, it is as expected i think

    its just a shame it isnt city/country then origin, then tests

    that makes more sense

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