NSW Blues

Blues take Origin series on Tedesco winner

 Scores were locked at 20-all in the final minute on Wednesday when Blake Ferguson tiptoed the sideline, then found Tedesco for his second try of the night.

It came after Queensland forward Josh Papalii crossed in the 77th minute and debutant Ethan Lowe nailed a pressure conversion to level the game.

The dramatic finish ended a run of seven straight defeats in Origin deciders for the Blues, dating back to the start of the Maroons' dynasty in 2006.

It is also Mitchell Pearce's first series win over Queensland in eight attempts.

Blues crush Maroons in Perth to keep Origin series alive

But after a week of intense criticism and questioning, Brad Fittler's controversial selections, and non-selections, have been justified after NSW kept the series alive with an emphatic 38-6 win against Queensland in Perth on Sunday night.

The Maroons were totally outclassed and out-enthused by a NSW team that had spent an entire week working on working harder.

More effort, Fittler wanted. Effort he got.

James Maloney strolled into Blues camp exactly seven days ago, after repeatedly being snubbed in the weeks prior, asking the coach if he had lost his number.

Meninga questions inclusion of NSW rookie Saifiti to replace Klemmer

Saifiti is tipped to make his Blues debut in game two, after coming in to replace the injured David Klemmer, but Meninga doesn’t think it is a like for like replacement.

“An inexperienced prop coming in to what is a must-win game, taking the place of a very experienced player in David Klemmer - I find that a bit strange,” Meninga said.

“I just think you need another experienced prop to start the game.’’

The shock selection of the 23-year-old Knights front-rower to replace one of the Blues best in game one is a risk.

NSW Blues deny any players involved in new sex tape leak on eve of Game I

 

An explosive report in the Sydney Morning Heraldclaims the sex tape was leaked in an attempt to “sabotage” the Blues, and allegedly involves a NSW player.

Speaking as the Blues landed in Brisbane, coach Brad Fittler said: “We’ve been made aware of it and it’s not him.”

NSW assistant coach Greg Alexander told The Daily Telegraph: “For starters it’s not even one of our players.”

Asked if it was an attempt to undermine the Blues’ preparations, Alexander said: “The timing of it. Please. Of course it is.

Blues Origin team: Fittler to blood five debutants for game one

Brad Fittler announced his squad for game one on Sunday night with the Penrith halfback retaining his spot, partnered alongside South Sydney pivot Cody Walker.

The in-form Rabbitoh, who will be making his Origin debut, was preferred ahead of last year's series-winning five-eighth James Maloney after Roosters playmaker Luke Keary was ruled out following a heavy head knock in the loss to Newcastle on Friday night.

Apart from Walker, Brisbane's Payne Haas, South Sydney lock Cameron Murray, and Canberra duo Jack Wighton and Nick Cotric are the other uncapped Blues.

Fittler confirmed as new Blues coach

Fittler was announced as Laurie Daley’s successor in Sydney on Friday morning with a two-year deal, beating former South Sydney premiership-winning coach Michael Maguire to the position.

The Blues have lost 11 of the past 12 Origin series.

Blues hit the ground running

The camp is the team's first away from Coffs Harbour since 2013, with the initial switch to Coffs coinciding with a drought-breaking series win.

The first session saw Dugan running around during attacking and defensive drills a little under three weeks after suffering a fractured cheekbone in a head-clash with Dragons teammate Russell Packer in the May 5 Anzac Test.

Origin greats back Cordner to lead the Blues

Cordner was recently named Roosters co-captain along with last year's skipper Jake Friend, and it hasn't taken long for his name to be thrown into the ring to take over from Gallen at State of Origin level as well. 

NSW Blues side named for Origin I

Five debutants have been named, with Tyson Frizell, Josh Mansour, Matt Moylan, Adam Reynolds and Dylan Walker to have their first taste of State of Origin football if selected in the final side.

Panthers forward Bryce Cartwright was initially added to the squad a development player, but was subsequently removed from the squad due to a thumb injury. An announcement is yet to be made regarding his replacement.

Coach Laurie Daley is yet to finalise his starting line-up and final 17, with the extended squad selected below.

I'll play anywhere for Blues: Dugan

Dugan has played six of his eight games for the Blues in the No.1 jersey, including all three in 2015 where he was awarded the Brad Fittler Medal as the best player across the series for NSW.

His other two caps were in the centres during the successful 2014 campaign where he scored his maiden try in Origin during the game three defeat, and it's that versatility that could see him shifted to the fringes again in 2016.