Vaughany’s State of Origin Teams

The rugby league season’s showpiece event is almost here and I for one cannot wait.

The Blues, after having to endure a nightmare of a decade, are looking to actually retain the Origin shield, however those Queenslanders — led by a once in a generation nucleus — will be doing anything they can to take it back.

Here are the teams that I would select for Game 1 this year.

Chances are that the selectors will choose another road to travel, but injuries permitting, this is the way they should go!

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  1. Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)
  2. Darius Boyd (Brisbane Broncos)
  3. Greg Inglis (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  4. Justin Hodges (Brisbane Broncos)
  5. Will Chambers (Melbourne Storm)
  6. Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)
  7. Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
  8. Matt Scott (North Queensland Cowboys)
  9. Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
  10. Josh McGuire (Brisbane Broncos)
  11. Nate Myles (Gold Coast Titans)
  12. Sam Thaiday (Brisbane Broncos)
  13. Corey Parker (Brisbane Broncos)
  14. Michael Morgan (North Queensland Cowboys)
  15. Matt Gillett (Brisbane Broncos)
  16. Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters)
  17. Aiden Guerra (Sydney Roosters)

New South Wales

  1. Josh Dugan (St George/Illawarra Dragons)
  2. Alex Johnston (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  3. Michael Jennings (Sydney Roosters)
  4. Josh Morris (Canterbury Bulldogs)
  5. Daniel Tupou (Sydney Roosters)
  6. Matt Moylan (Penrith Panthers)
  7. Trent Hodkinson (Canterbury Bulldogs)
  8. Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers)
  9. Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers)
  10. James Tamou (North Queensland Cowboys)
  11. Ryan Hoffman (New Zealand Warriors)
  12. Beau Scott (Newcastle Knights)
  13. Trent Merrin (St George/Illawarra Dragons)
  14. Josh Jackson (Canterbury Bulldogs)
  15. Shannon Boyd (Canberra Raiders)
  16. Boyd Cordner (Sydney Roosters)
  17. Luke Lewis (Cronulla Sharks)
  • Paul Gallen has been omitted as I don’t think he has any chance of being fit enough to play Origin.

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