The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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What a superb line-up! As the footy keeps getting better each week, so does the talent we get to choose from. This time around we've got a star-studded side bursting at the seams with Internationals and other players showing great form in the toughest competition in the world. Given the exhibition of mouth-watering play witnessed this weekend, the Round 6 League Unlimited Team of the Week can stand up, march out onto the field and be firmly proclaimed as "the bomb!"
Fullback - A Minichiello (Roosters) Really stood up for the Roosters on Friday night, scoring a try and regaining some of his best form. He's held his position in the Aussie team and deservedly so, fighting off worthy challengers.
Centre - S Berrigan (Broncos) Some deft footwork against the Dragons saw him post a decisive four-pointer and steer them towards victory. In the centres for Australia on Friday night and is playing very well.
Five-eighth - J Thurston (Cowboys) Boy this fella's playing out of his skin. Engineered a brutal assault on the Wests Tigers and potted 5 goals. Has proved to be a revelation in North Queensland this year and will be giving Maroon selectors plenty to think about.
Halfback - B Finch (Roosters) Steered the ship for Easts on Friday night with a stirring performance including a crucial field goal. The Roosters still have a way to go but if Finch remains fit there will be loads more improvement.
Lock - T Waterhouse (Panthers) Big Waterhouse has been strong in the past fortnight showing a very high work-rate and impact for the club. It's no surprise to see the Panthers doing better now that he's making yards and off-loading well.
Second-row - B Kennedy (Sea Eagles) Seems to be loving life on the Peninsula and has won himself a spot in the Kangaroo Team from the bench. Skilled and experience, BK is lifting the Sea Eagles to new heights this season.
Prop - S Price (Warriors) Put in a quality effort for the Warriors and has also been rewarded with a start for the Aussies. Price has been wearing his heart on his sleeve this year and will soon be facing off against his new team mates.
Hooker - A Johns (Knights) A novel position for Johns, although he has played there. Couldn't get a start at halfback this week but thanks to a shortage of hookers he finds himself in the number 9 guernsey. Hopefully he recovers well from the busted jaw he copped because he was playing like we all know he can until that happened.
A great bench here with big and mobile forwards in Civoniceva and Hindmarsh, a literal battering ram in Paleaasina, as well as a gifted pivot in Smith. The opposition would cringe at the sight of these blokes warming up on the sidelines, and with good reason.
Interchange: P Civoniceva (Broncos), N Hindmarsh (Eels), I Paleaasina (Warriors), J Smith (Raiders).