Laurie Daley has been forced to make changes to the New South Wales side that secured 2014 State Of Origin Series victory; with Josh Morris, Boyd Cordner and James McManus returning to the side for the final game of the series.
Josh Morris injured his ankle in the opening game of the 2014 State Of Origin Series, an injury that forced him to miss the second game of the series, but has been named to make his return in place of Michael Jennings.
Michael Jennings was ruled out of State Of Origin Game 3 after he tore a muscle in his back during New South Wales’ 6-4 victory over Queensland at ANZ Stadium on June 18, but Morris is a more than capable replacement who has been a key member of the New South Wales side for a number of years.
William Hopoate also suffered an injury during State Of Origin Game 2, with the Parramatta Eels centre clearly troubled by a shoulder injury throughout the clash, and he has been replaced by Newcastle Knights winger James McManus.
McManus struggled for form in the struggling Newcastle side, but a string of impressive performances has seen him return to the New South Wales side and he will play his fourth State Of Origin fixture at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday.
Boyd Cordner return to Rugby League for the first time in over a month when he scored a try in the Sydney Roosters 24-16 loss to Manly Seas Eagles on Friday night and he did enough to earn him a recall to the New South Wales side in place of the suspended Anthony Watmough.
“He’s a quality player and once he got through that game we knew he would be okay,” Daley said.
New South Wales has already wrapped up the 2014 State Of Origin Series, but Daley said that would not stop his side chasing a third straight victory; with Daley keen to join Ron Willey, Phil Gould and Wayne Pearce as the only coaches to lead New South Wales to a State Of Origin clean sweep.
“It feels surreal given that State of Origin tends to go down to the last game of the series,” Daley said
“To have it wrapped up is a significant achievement.
“For us it’s about moving forward and concentrating on game three.
“There are different changes to the team.
“The guys are all keen to do well and hopefully we’ll prepare as well as we did in game one and two.”
New South Wales are currently underdogs in the 2014 State Of Origin betting market with Ladbrokes.com.au and are available at odds of $2.57 to complete the clean sweep.
2014 New South Wales State Of Origin Game 3 Team
1. Jarryd Hayne
2. James McManus
3. Josh Dugan
4. Josh Morris
5. Daniel Tupou
6. Josh Reynolds
7. Trent Hodkinson
8. Paul Gallen
9. Robbie Farah
10. Aaron Woods
11. Beau Scott
12. Ryan Hoffman
13. Greg Bird
14. Trent Merrin
15. Boyd Cordner
16. James Tamou
17. Luke Lewis