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June 20, 2021

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The Blues have made two changes to the Origin II squad after Manly forward Jake Trbojevic was ruled out with an injury suffered at training on Friday.

It will see Storm star Dale Finucane and Rooster Angus Crichton come into the squad as the Blues look to wrap up the series at Suncorp Stadium.

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The Blues piled on the tries in Origin I with a 50-6 thrashing at Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

It was the Blues’ biggest win in Origin history. The side was one try away from its biggest ever tally in Origin — a 56-16 win in game 3, 2000 — and two points short of the biggest ever win — Queensland 52-6 in game 3, 2015.

It was a crushing victory that saw Queensland slammed by every man and his dog, as Queensland Police delivered the most withering tweet in the aftermath.

While the panic alarm may have been hit for the Maroons, particularly after Harry Grant appears set to miss the game after aggravating a hamstring injury, the Blues attempted to not give anything to the Maroons to latch onto and rekindle their series hopes.

However, a picture of Jerome Luai could spark the Maroons.

NSW were expected to select the same side for the June 27th showdown at Suncorp Stadium next Sunday, but the plans were up-ended by an injury to Trbojevic at training.

In naming his 20-man squad for Game II, Fittler did not indicate which players would start and which would begin from the bench.

“Jake unfortunately at training has had a mishap and will miss two weeks of footy,’’ Manly coach Des Hasler said.

“He’ll miss this Titans game and no doubt he won’t recover in time for the Origin game. He should be right after next week and be ready for Origin III.

“He loves his footy Jake and he’s not happy about this.”

But it opens the door up for Finucane and Crichton to come into the side.

Crichton was suspended before Origin I but the question will be whether both men will come into the starting side, and if so, who will miss out.

Blues State of Origin Game II Squad

James Tedesco (C)

Brian To’o

Latrell Mitchell

Tom Trbojevic

Josh Addo-Carr

Jarome Luai

Nathan Cleary

Daniel Saifiti

Damien Cook

Payne Haas

Cameron Murray

Tariq Sims

Isaah Yeo

Jack Wighton

Junior Paulo

Angus Crichton

Liam Martin

Dale Finucane

Apisai Koroisau

Campbell Graham

Prior to naming his squad, Fittler gave a strong indication that the Storm co-captain would feature.

“What I see now is he’s developing a passing game in the middle,” Fittler said over the weekend.

“He’s scoring tries through the middle and his defence is always awesome.

“If you see him off the field he’s the ultimate professional. I know there’s players that look after themselves but he is better than all of them.

“Getting him in the squad somewhere will be one of my priorities and also going into the future as well.

“That’s how it started last year and the year before, Dale came in as 18th man and ended up playing a big part in what we did. It’s great to have him around.”

However, Crichton was considered a shoo-in before he was suspended.


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