The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Australian rugby league selectors have made two changes to its lineup for Friday's Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand.
St George Illawarra five-eighth Trent Barrett and Bulldogs prop Mark O'Meley have been added to the bench for the Kangaroos re-match with the Kiwis in Auckland with Bulldogs' Andrew Ryan and Penrith's Craig Gower dropped.
Cooper will start in the centres, with Brent Tate shuffled to the wing.
Team: Anthony Minichiello, Matt King, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Brent Tate, Darren Lockyer (c), Andrew Johns, Petero Civoniceva, Danny Buderus, Steve Price, Luke O'Donnell, Craig Fitzgibbon, Ben Kennedy.