The New South Wales rugby league squad has been announced for State of Origin and has evoked a sense of surprise if not anything else. Laurie Daley has unveiled a novel combination of halves for the introductory game of the State of Origin series. The earlier team had Rooster’s pair Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney performing the duties as halves of the team. The changed team or let’s say the reformed team has the duo from Bulldogs, Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson who will play as halves for the opening game.
Laurie Daley has gone for a radical transformation of the team by making seven changes to the team that concluded the last year on a disappointing note suffering a two point loss by the hands of the Maroons at the ANZ stadium. Two players out of the seven changes made to the team, will mark their debut in the opening game of the series. Trent Hodkinson will be one of the debutants eager to make his mark as a half for the NSW Origin Team. The other debutant Daniel Tupou had tough competition in terms of getting selected with ace players like Will Hopoate and Pat Richards in the selection race. Daniel Tupou unexpectedly emerged as the favoured winger of the coach Laurie Daley much to the astonishment of the media and public. These changes made to the NSW Origin team by the coach can be termed for now as a purposeful gamble but only time will tell whether it will pay off or not.
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