The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The Warriors welcome back both Kris Radlinski(back injury) and Terry O'Connor (hand) for the game. O'Connor is set to make his 300th appearance for the club.
The squad in full is -
Radlinski, Dallas, Aspinwall, Wild, Carney, O'Loughlin, Lam, C Smith, Newton, Farrell, Cassidy, Tickle, Hock ,O'Connor, M Smith, Connolly, Beswick, Robinson, Hodgson
Looking ahead to the game Coach Denis Betts told the Press Conference on Tuesday,
"These are exciting games, for the coaches, players and fans it is a big clash and as soon as the players walk on the pitch they know they are in something special. It doesn't matter if it's the first round of Super League, the Semi Finals or Challenge Cup Final the feeling is indescribable, players love to be in these games."
"It is a big game, it means a lot to a whole number of people. With Wigan/Saints games you get two teams that want to play football, a mixture of some of the best players in the world, you get lots of excitement and that adds to it. This is an important game, there is a lot at stake come Friday night."
Meanwhile fans are asked to allow extra time to get to the JJB Stadium. There are some roadworks on Darlington Street near the Police Station and Courts which may effect some spectators journey to the ground.