The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Forgotten Roosters Chris Walker and Ned Catic have earned first grade reprieves in a 19-man Roosters squad named this afternoon to clash with Newcastle on Saturday night.
The duo has spent the majority of 2005 in Premier League after showing indifferent form during the opening stages of 2005.
Eight youngsters will line up against the Knights ? who are also missing big guns Andrew Johns, Danny Buderus and Steve Simpson.
Tough young hooker Heath L?Estrange has retained his place in the starting line up after an impressive display on Friday against the Eels, ensuring the in-form Stuart Webb will start from the bench.
?It?s been great getting a bit of game time so far this year,? L?Estrange says.
?We?ve got a few out this week because of Origin and hopefully ?Crossy? (Ryan Cross) and ?Moz? (Adrian Morley) won?t get suspended tomorrow.
?But it?s a good challenge for a lot of us young guys ? Benny Hannant and Mickey Paea have been going gangbusters in Premier League and deserve their chance.?
The powerhouse young props were named today in the NSW Residents side to clash with Queensland in a curtain-raiser to next week?s Origin decider in Brisbane.
Catic and young speedster Michael Lett have been named as the 18th and 19th men respectively and will be called into the side if Morley and Cross are suspended tomorrow night.
Chris Walker Joel Monaghan Iosia Soliola Ryan Cross Lelea Paea Amos Roberts Brett Finch Jason Cayless Heath L'Estrange Adrian Morley Anthony Tupou Adam Schubert Luke Ricketson Stuart Webb Richard F'Aoso Mickey Paea Ben Hannant Ned Catic Michael Lett