The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Billy Slater will spend seven weeks on the sidelines after failing to have the severity of his kicking charge downgraded. The suspension has dashed any hope he had of playing fullback for Queensland in the 2006 State of Origin series.
Canberra hooker Simon Woolford has also had a tough night at the judiciary, failing to have his grade two careless high tackle charge downgraded, and as such has received a two match suspension.
Slater has 88 carryover judiciary points while Woolford has 85.