THE LONG HARD LOOK WITH MIKE WILSON
Update: a full preview of game 2 is now available.
Coach Ricky Stuart has opted for a debutant fullback in Josh Dugan over Jarryd Hayne and also decided on Michael Ennis as hooker over Robbie Farrah.
When asked about the selection of Michael Jennings as opposed to in form youngster Jamal Idris, Stuart made it clear that despite Idris being good enough, he was after a specialist left centre, whereas Idris’ preferred position is as a right centre.
NSW Origin team:
Fullback: Josh Dugan
Wingers: Brett Morris, Akuila Uate,
Centres: Michael Jennings, Mark Gasnier
Five Eighth: Jamie Soward
Halfback: Mitchell Pearce
Front Row: Jason King, Michael Ennis, Kade Snowden
Back Row: Beau Scott, Greg Bird, Paul Gallen (c).
Interchange: Ben Creagh, Trent Merrin, Tim Mannah, Dean Young.