The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Kangaroos coach Wayne Bennett is expected to pull few surprises today when he names the Australian side to take on New Zealand in Saturday's Tri-Nations series opener.
Test skipper Darren Lockyer, who has been troubled by a hamstring complaint, has declared himself a certain starter after training strongly yesterday.
He appears certain to be named as five-eighth and skipper. Most interest surrounds the make-up of the backrow, with North Queensland second rower Luke O'Donnell in line to make his Test debut following a strong season with the Cowboys. O'Donnell may get his opportunity after the controversial omission of Parramatta second rower Nathan Hindmarsh, who was ruled out of the tour with a knee injury after initially being ruled fit to make the trip.