The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Second rower Justin Smith returns to the Allight South Sydney Rabbitohs this Saturday night for the Round 15 clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Smith, who has been sidelined for a fortnight with medial knee ligament damage, comes into the side for Rabbitohs captain Bryan Fletcher ? absent on Origin duty with the NSW Blues.
Willie Peters also returns, but the former Dragon will come from the bench, with Shane Walker, coach Paul Langmack?s preference to start in the number 7 jersey.
Paul Stringer will captain the Souths side in Fletcher?s absence.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 1. Brad Watts 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Lee Hookey 4. Russell Richardson 5. Wise Kativerata 6. Owen Cragie 7. Shane Walker 8. Andrew Hart 9. Jason Death 10. Paul Stringer 11. Justin Smith 12. Luke Stuart 13. Ashley Harrison INTERCHANGE 14. Mark Minichiello 15. Jamie Fitzgerald 16. Willie Peters 17. Duncan MacGillivray