Nathan Peats is one of six changes to the Blues squad for Origin game 1.
Nathan Peats is one of six changes to the Blues squad for Origin game 1. DAVE HUNT

All change for Blues for Origin opener

NEW South Wales will gamble on a new-look side to wrest the Origin series off the champion Queenslanders with Laurie Daley axing four incumbents and making six changes in total to the side that won game three last year.

Blooding rookies Nathan Peats and Jake Trbojevic, the Blues brains trust has sacked Origin veterans Robbie Farah, James Tamou and Michael Jennings as well as unlucky Panthers fullback Matt Moylan.

The Blues have recalled Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce and Titans star Jarryd Hayne in a side big on firepower but low on Origin wins.

The fresh look of the side is completed by a new captain, with back-rower Boyd Cordner to lead the side into a brave new era.

The NSW squad announcement comes on the heels of a Queensland squad announcement full of shocks, as the Maroons left out Billy Slater and named Johnathan Thurston 18th man.

Pearce will partner former club teammate James Maloney in the halves for next week' series opener in a Blues side skippered by Roosters captain Boyd Cordner.

Hayne will return to the New South Wales side for his first interstate match since 2014.

Josh Dugan will partner Blake Ferguson on the right side but the Dragons flier has not played since the Anzac Test due to a cheekbone injury.

NSW SIDE

1. James Tedesco

2. Blake Ferguson

3. Josh Dugan

4. Jarryd Hayne

5. Brett Morris

6. James Maloney

7. Mitchell Pearce

8. Aaron Woods

9. Nathan Peats

10. Andrew Fifita

11. Josh Jackson

12. Boyd Cordner (c)

13. Tyson Frizell

14. David Klemmer

15. Wade Graham

16. Jake Trbojevic​

17. Jack Bird

18. Matt Moylan

19. Jordan McLean

20. Jack De Belin

News Corp Australia


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