The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has made several changes and named hooker Corey Hughes as captain of the side for this Sunday's clash against the Sharks at Telstra Stadium.
Hughes will become the 83rd player to captain the Bulldogs, joining his brother Glen, father Garry and uncles Mark and Graeme. He will take over the captaincy roll from regular skipper Andrew Ryan who is currently unavailable through Origin selection.
- Andrew Emelio replaces Trent Cutler on the wing. - Daniel Holdsworth moves from five eight to the second row replacing Andrew Ryan who is on Origin duty. - Ben Roberts fills the five eight position. - Brad Morrin comes onto a five man bench.
1. Luke Patten 2. Hazem El Masri 3. Daryl Millard 4. Willie Tonga 5. Andrew Emelio 6. Ben Roberts 7. Brent Sherwin 8. Jarrad Hickey 9. Corey Hughes (c) 10. Chris Armit 11. Sonny Bill Williams 12. Daniel Holdsworth 13. Reni Maitua
Interchange: 14. Adam Perry 15. Lee Te Maari 16. Kane Cleal 17. Jon Green 19. Brad Morrin
Coach: Steve Folkes