The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL -

This will be the first time Queens­land play an Ori­gin match with­out Johnathan Thurston and Cameron Smith since game two, 2003 – be­fore Smith made his de­but. Af­ter miss­ing last year’s series, Greg Inglis re­turns to Ori­gin and will play his 31st match, equalling both Wally Lewis and Brad Fit­tler. Inglis will be­come the 13th player to cap­tain Queens­land and only the third cap­tain since game two, 2004, with Lock­yer and Smith in charge for every match since.

NSW’s 17 play­ers have a to­tal of just 39 games of Ori­gin ex­pe­ri­ence, this is the low­est to­tal any 17 play­ers have ever had in a Ori­gin match and it is the low­est to­tal since game three, 1984 (NSW had 26 games of Ori­gin ex­pe­ri­ence) James Roberts becomes the first Bron­cos player to rep­re­sent NSW since Peter Wallace did so in 2009 ( game one and two). Josh Addo-Carr becomes the first Storm player to do so since Ryan Hoff­man played all three Ori­gins in 2014. Pen­rith has four play­ers rep­re­sent­ing NSW – James Maloney, Nathan Cleary, Rea­gan Camp­bell-Gil­lard and Ty­rone Peachey - for the first time since game one, 2004 (Craig Gower, Luke Rooney, Luke Lewis and Trent Waterhouse) . Brad Fit­tler will coach NSW for the first time. He is the Blues’ most capped player with 31 Ori­gins (17 wins), scor­ing eight tries. The past three rookie NSW coaches have won their first match in charge, with Ricky Stu­art in 2005 the last to lose their first match in charge. Stu­art in 2005 was also the last rookie coach to win an Ori­gin series for NSW.

Greg Inglis (31) and Billy Slater ( 29) are the only mem­mem­bers of ei­ther side s that have played 10 OrigO­ri­gins, with James Maloney, Ma NSW’s N most ex­pe­ri­enced ex player p with nine nin Ori­gins to hish name.

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