The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Less than two weeks ago Thurston was flying high, having a hand in four tries and kicking five goals in a man-of-the-match performance against New Zealand. But Kangaroos coach Ricky Stuart says he wants to trial a different combination to get some more fluency and cohesion in attack.
Meanwhile, Stuart has called for Australian referees to officiate for the rest of the Tri-Nations series. English referee Ashley Klein has been in charge of the first two games between Australia and New Zealand, but Stuart is unhappy with his performance.
Stuart says Australian refs are the best in the world and their nationality should be irrelevant.