The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Hayden missed the annual exchange due to a hip injury, with City pivot Brandon Costin playing a strong hand in his side's 58-16 win.
However, selectors believe the Burleigh playmaker is the man to do the job against New South Wales Residents at Suncorp Stadium on July 6, pairing him with team captain Shane Perry in the halves. Rick Stone will coach the Residents side, containing 11 City players and four of his Burleigh club members.
The strength of the squad is exhibited by the bench, containing monster duo Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Rob Tanielu, as well as blue ribbon talents Martin Griese and Bob Blair.
XXXX QUEENSLAND RESIDENTS 2005 1. Ryan CULLEN (Redcliffe) 2. Jim AHMAT (Wynnum) 3. Balin CUPPLES (Burleigh) 4. Damien QUINN (Wynnum) 5. Jason BARSLEY (North Queensland) 6. Adam HAYDEN (Burleigh) 7. Shane PERRY (Redcliffe) 8. Ali BROWN (Burleigh) 9. Nathan FRIEND (Norths) 10. Leigh COGHILL (Easts) 11. Jamie RUSSO (Redcliffe) 12. Jeremy SMITH (Norths) 13. Anthony BOYD (Norths) Interchange 14. Tom LEAROYD-LAHRS (Toowoomba) 15. Rob TANIELU (Norths) 16. Martin GRIESE (Burleigh) 17. Bob BLAIR (Souths Logan)
Coach: Rick Stone