State of Origin 2022: Game I Team News

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Queensland and New South Wales have named their teams for the first State of Origin clash of the 2022 series.

New Queensland coach Billy Slater has included four debutants in his squad. The first match is scheduled to be played at Sydney’s Accor Stadium on June 8.

North Queensland Cowboys strikers Reuben Cotter and Jeremiah Nanai have both been rewarded for their impressive starts to the season.

Brisbane Broncos winger Selwyn Cobbo is also set to make his Queensland debut. The 19-year-old has played just 19 games in the NRL, crossing for 12 tries. He has scored 10 tries in 12 appearances in 2022, including a hat-trick against Manly Sea Eagles. Brisbane striker Patrick Carrigan was also named for the first time.

Gold Coast Titans captain Tino Fa’asuamaleaui takes over to replace Christian Welch, who suffered a season-ending injury in the first round.

Despite their slow start to the season, Newcastle Knights full-back Kalyn Ponga has been named full-back. Dragons halfback Ben Hunt has been named the starting hooker.

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New South Wales name team for Home State

Brisbane Broncos center Kotoni Staggs has been named by head coach Brad Fitler to make his New South Wales debut.

Scotland-eligible Nicho Hynes will be the 18th man and Tyson Frizell will drop to the 19th man.

Manly full-back Tom Trbojevic is missing out after being ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury. James Tedesco was named full-back, with Jack Wighton named in centre.

Home State Squads

Queensland team: Ponga, Cobbo, Holmes, Gagai, Coates, Munster, Cherry-Evans, Fa’asuamaleaui, Hunt, Papalii, Capewell, Kaufusi, Cotter, Grant, Collins, Carrigan, Nanai, Dearden, Arrow, Flegler, Tabuai-Fidow, Taulagi.

New South Wales squad: Tedesco, To’o, Staggs, Wighton, Tupou, Luai, Cleary, Haas, Cook, Paulo, Murray, Sims, Yeo, Crichton, Martin, Campbell-Gillard, Matterson, Hynes, Frizell, Saifiti, Suaalii, Koroisau.

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