The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Ricky Stuart has a tough decision to make before the Roosters run out in their finals match against the Newcastle Knights this Saturday night - which player to leave out of the 18 man squad that was named today.
The side is virtually unchanged from last weeks win over finalists Canberra.
The dillema Stuart faces however is who out of Ned Catic, Andrew Lomu, Chad Robinson, Stuart Webb & Craig Fitzgibbon should be left out of the side.
Each player has strong claims for the 4 bench spots. Catic has come along in leaps and bounds in recent weeks.
Lomu can be a strong impact player who can bust through tackles, and offload to create second phase play.
Craig Fitzgibbon is a certainty to take his place in the side - his fitness didn't look like it had suffered when he turned out against Canberra last week - and his kick from the sideline showed he's still got what it takes with the boot.
Chad Robinson & Stuart Webb are both solid utility forwards who have been performing week in week out.
The full team is :
Anthony Minichiello Chris Walker Shannon Hegarty Ryan Cross Todd Byrne Brad Fittler Brett Finch Jason Cayless Craig Wing Adrian Morley Michael Crocker Chris Flannery Luke Ricketson