Sport State of Origin: Ryan Girdler picks Josh Addo-Carr, Nick Cotric and five Dragons, Tom Trbojevic misses out

10:31  12 may  2018
10:31  12 may  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Manly Sea Eagles gun Tom Trbojevic was overlooked, as well as Josh Dugan and James Roberts. “(James) Tedesco fullback, ( Josh ) Addo - Carr and ( Nick ) Cotric on the wings,” Girdler told Triple M.

they come out and pick ( Josh ) McGuire who hasn’t played for a number of weeks, yet Wade knocks out an in terrific form and is set to line up on one flank, with Manly star Tom Trbojevic on the other.Ennis would leave Trbojevic in the side but would bring Cotric in for one of Addo - Carr , James

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Penrith Panthers favourite Ryan Girdler has revealed the NSW team he would pick to take on the Maroons in game one of State of Origin come June 6 in Melbourne.

Due to St George-Illawarra's dominant form, Girdler went with five Red V players in the starting side, and one more to potentially come into the side if Wade Graham can't prove his fitness.

Manly Sea Eagles gun Tom Trbojevic was overlooked, as well as Josh Dugan and James Roberts.

There is speculation that Brad Fittler will pick a somewhat young side to shake-up the Blues' fortunes, which has yielded just one series victory since 2006.

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Josh Addo - Carr will no doubt occupy one wing, and young Manly star Tom Trbojevic will be in the back five somewhere .whether that’s centre or wing is to be confirmed. Nick Cotric is the real bolter in the pack and it’s looking more likely he could jag the second wing

Flyers Josh Addo - Carr and Tom Trbojevic have been selected on the wings, while x-factor centres Latrell Mitchell and James Roberts will line up inside them. Bench: Paul Vaughan, Jake Trbojevic , Angus Crichton, Tyrone Peachey. 18th man: Tariq Sims, 19th man: Nick Cotric .

Girdler certainly picked a younger team, with just seven of his 18 players picked playing Origin football previously.

“(James) Tedesco fullback, (Josh) Addo-Carr and (Nick) Cotric on the wings,” Girdler told Triple M.

“(Euan) Aitken and Latrell Mitchell in the centres.

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That was also the game when Ryan Girdler racked up an Origin -high 32 points in one game – an Players List: Blues: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Tom Trbojevic , 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 James Roberts, 5 Josh Addo - Carr , 6 James Maloney, 7 Tyrone Peachey. 18th man: Tariq Sims 19th man: Nick Cotric .

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“(James) Maloney at six, (Nathan) Cleary at seven.

“(Paul) Vaughan, (Cameron) McInnes, (Reagan) Campbell-Gillard, (Boyd) Cordner, (Tyson) Frizell, Jack de Belin starts at 13.

“(Damien) Cook on the bench with (David) Klemmer, Jake Trbojevic and Wade Graham, and if he’s not right, Tariq Sims.

“That’s what Freddy’s going to bring (a changing of the guard). He’s going to bring some fresh faces in, some people that are in good club form. Some combinations are key there, that’s why I’ve gone for the four Dragons through the middle, that’s why I started de Belin and not Trbojevic.

“Cook will definitely get a run later on in the half. In the backs, Addo-Carr’s form you can’t deny. Cotric is just a superstar coming through, he’s a big aggressive guy.

“At the moment, Tedesco’s probably not the James Tedesco we know, but he’s played Origin before.

“We’re going to see Aitken vs (Greg) Inglis tomorrow, but they’ve had some good battles already this year. Latrell Mitchell in left centre position, he doesn’t get a lot of football at the Roosters, but when he gets it he certainly does a lot with it.

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Trbojevic ’s best chance may be on the right wing ahead of Canberra young gun Nick Cotric , with Melbourne flyer Josh Addo - Carr considered a near certainty on the left.

Prior, Gold Coast forward Ryan James and Sydney Roosters five -eighth Luke Keary were in the same game, while Canberra's Nick Cotric - 18th man for the Blues in game one - has been left out . NSW Squad: Josh Addo - Carr Melbourne Storm, Nathan Cleary Penrith Panthers, Damien Cook

“Freddy’s got the mindset of building a future for NSW and investing in these guys and getting them in the system.

“Back up for Cleary would be (Luke) Keary. Mitchell Moses probably isn’t doing enough at the moment. We need a runner at six, Maloney’s a runner and so’s Cleary.

“(James Roberts) plays right, so it would be Aitken or Roberts. I took James into consideration, but how can you deny the form of Euan Aitken, especially in big games and that matchup with GI. He’s a confident kid, and while he’s in this rich vein of form, it’s his time.”

Wendell Sailor, a dominant Maroons winger in his side, was impressed with Girdler's team.

"That's virtually the team I would have picked," Sailor said.

RYAN GIRDLER'S NSW BLUES STATE OF ORIGIN TEAM

1. James Tedesco

2. Josh Addo-Carr

3. Euan Aitken

4. Latrell Mitchell

5. Nick Cotric

6. James Maloney

7. Nathan Cleary

8. Paul Vaughan

9. Cameron McInnes

10. Reagen Campbell-Gillard

11. Boyd Cordner

12. Tyson Frizell

13. Jack de Belin

14. Damien Cook

15. David Klemmer

16. Jake Trbojevic

17. Wade Graham

18. Tariq Sims

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