The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The Sydney Roosters pair are yet to play for their state but are certain to be selected in a 30-man Blues squad after starring in their NRL side's 40-20 win over Cronulla at Toyota Park yesterday.
Wing was named man of the match while Minichiello capped a fine display with a 70 metre runaway try. They'll be joined in the squad by teammates Craig Fitzgibbon and Luke Ricketson.
David Peachey and Jason Stevens are likely to be the only Sharks to come under consideration. However, Peachey's injury curse could once again cost him a shot at Origin, with the Sharks fullback suffering a hamstring injury yesterday.