The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Coach Daniel Anderson has postponed swinging the axe through his under-achieving team but a couple of changes have been made.
Anderson says "It defeats the purpose to make wholesale changes after just two games, and he says if you do that, then you have to hope the new players click straight away" Anderson told League Correspondent.
Ropati replaces Thomas Leuluai in the playmaker role.
The 19-year-old made some inroads into the top team at the tail end of last year.
Anderson says Leuluai certainly has not been written off, but their opposition are reading his play too much, and he needs to go away and work on his attacking options and vision.
Anderson believes Leuluai will certainly be back at some stage.