The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Queensland great Kevin Walters believes Darren Lockyer's command performance in the State of Origin win on Wednesday has settled the debate about whether the five-eighth should ever return to fullback.
Walters has rated Lockyer as one of the top five players to have donned the Queensland jersey and believes he can still improve playing at five-eighth.
Meanwhile, former stand-off and current NSW selector Laurie Daley has leapt to the defence of the Blues gamble of pitching Test centre Mark Gasnier into the five-eighth hot seat for the State of Origin series decider. Daley claims the St George Illawarra centre had a long future in the sky blue number six jumper despite enduring a largely ineffective performance in Wednesday's game won 16-14 by Queensland.
Daley, a former Test skipper and five-eighth who also doubles as the Blues assistant coach, says he saw enough in the game to suggest Gasnier could be a long term solution. Meanwhile, NSW chairman Colin Love says Graham Murray's coaching position will be reviewed when the board meets next month, but a decision won't be made until later in the year.