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Ricky Stuart names his emerging Blues squad for Origin

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    TERRY Campese's hopes of resurrecting his NSW Origin career received a huge boost yesterday when he was named in coach Ricky Stuart's emerging Blues squad.

    Campese, fellow Raiders playmaker Josh McCrone and feisty Warriors five-eighth James Maloney are the three most intriguing selections among this year's 23 hopefuls that Stuart believes can pressure his incumbents.

    Despite having played just one half of football before re-injuring his knee last June, Campese has been given a heartening vote of confidence to earn an Origin recall from his lone appearance in 2009.

    Stuart also showed enormous faith in the latest Blues scrumbase combination - Jamie Soward and Mitchell Pearce - during last year's series, keeping the pairing for all three games.

    But the reality of a sixth straight series loss will again prompt debate over who should steer the NSW attack opposite Maroons duo Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.

    Focused on his long-awaited comeback in next month's Albury trial against Melbourne, Campese was not even aware the squad was on the verge of assembling until rumblings reached him earlier this week.

    Along with Raiders teammates Jarrod Croker, Joel Thompson, Blake Ferguson and McCrone, the 27-year-old will travel up the Hume Highway to the Blues traditional base in Coogee next weekend.

    Manly youngster Darcy Lussick, Titans excitement machine Ryan James and Tigers utility Tim Moltzen will be other notable attendees at the camp, which is also expected to include input from NSW greats such as Steve Roach and Trent Barrett.

    "I've just been trying to work on my injuries and get back in the best possible shape for the trials, so I didn't even know about the camp," Campese told The Daily Telegraph last night.

    "When I was told I was pretty surprised, but it's great to be in there. My focus is still definitely on coming back for Canberra, but a few of the other boys who went to last year's camp said it was really good to know you're on the radar," he said.

    Stuart has significantly trimmed down the squad from last year's inaugural group, which numbered 51 players and included several Toyota Cup prodigies with zero NRL experience.

    He's also put a greater focus on the front-row, another area the Blues have struggled to match their rivals - with the exception of skipper Paul Gallen's remarkable cameo in Origin II last year.

    Of the 12 forwards selected, eight are props and Dragons bookend Trent Merrin is the only one with Origin experience.

    Manly giant Tony Williams is another inclusion.

    Emerging Blues squad

    Forwards: Luke Douglas, Andrew Fifita, Tim Grant, Aaron Woods, Dan Hunt, Trent Merrin, Darcy Lussick,Tony Williams, Tariq Sims, Joel Thompson, Ryan James, Ryan Hinchcliffe

    Backs: Terry Campese, James Maloney, Tim Moltzen, Josh McCrone, Kyle Stanley, Blake Ayshford, Blake Ferguson, Jarrod Croker, Michael Gordon, Lachlan Coote, BJ Leilua

  2. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    Would be extremely suprised if Trex isnt on the bench for all three games this year
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  3. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

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    I don't care what anyone says. That fight put him on the map! Snake for fullback! Exit Idris, enter Williams.
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  4. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Soward and Pearce have'nt set the world on fire in S.O.O. Maybe its time Stuart stopped showing enormous faith in them.The cupboard is fairly bare in the halves dept. for NSW though. Hope some young guys show something this year or seven straight looks likely.
  5. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    Surely Maloney will get a run. I hope his leaving the Warriors at the end of the year doesn't dampen his form.
    Why the hell can't the Blues build a dominant team out of that lot????
  6. Cameron

    Cameron Cambo Premium Member

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    Lol hinchcliffe is there too maybe Darcy could have another crack at him lol
  7. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    Surely Buhrer deserves a spot. or is he ANOTHER qlder?
  8. Haz88

    Haz88 Active Member

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    So next State of origin we could see Watmough , G Stewart and T rex in the side ! and on current form you would definately have to include them.
  9. Frank

    Frank Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I like Buhrer but I don't think he is remotely close to origin selection.
  10. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

    Old Bar, NSW
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    I would think he would have to start at his club side to be considered as origin material. He is good but he doesn't have T-Rex impact and dominance.
  11. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    It's only a camp for future NSW players isn't it? I think he will become a sought after player pretty soon. Definately has the talent.
  12. the mauler

    the mauler Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The more players that get selected for SOO the less chance we are at going B2B.

    I hope no Manly player gets picked. I'm only interested in Manly goin B2B!
  13. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The mauler you make a very good point! Lucky DCE & Ballin are behind Cronk & Smith in the QLD squad.
  14. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

    +797 / 1
  15. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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