Fittler makes seven changes


SYDNEY: Coach Brad Fittler has made seven changes to his New South Wales Blues line-up for Sunday night’s must-win clash with the Queensland Maroons in Perth in a bid to set up a decider in Brisbane.
Manly star Jake Trbojevic and Roosters back-rower Angus Crichton have been recalled, while Matt Burton will partner Stephen Crichton in the centres, with Jack Wighton out due to the Coronavirus and Kotoni Staggs dropped.
Cronulla Shark Siosifa Talakai is set to debut off the bench, while Liam Martin starts in place of Tariq Sims who has been dropped.
Eels pair Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Ryan Matterson have been dropped, while Newcastle Knights pair Tyson Frizell and Jacob Saifiti were not considered due to injury.
The new faces in the reserves are Roosters star Victor Radley, Eels skipper Clint Gutherson and Cowboys prop Jordan McLean.
“Blues coach Brad Fittler has made seven changes to his 22-man squad for game two of the State of Origin series at Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday,” the Blues said in a statement.
“The changes from the team which lost game one 10-16 in Sydney include the additions of Matt Burton, Angus Crichton, Clint Gutherson, Jordan McLean, Victor Radley, Siosifa Talakai and Jake Trbojevic.
“The squad also includes six players who are yet to make their debut for the Blues, including Burton, McLean, Radley, Talakai, Nicho Hynes and Joseph Suaalii.
“Fittler will address the media early tomorrow morning before the team departs Sydney for Perth.
“The squad will spend the first part of camp at the beachside community of Scarborough before putting the finishing touches to their preparations in Perth from Friday.”
Meanwhile, the Queensland Maroons are expected to name their squad this morning with lock Reuben Cotter to miss out due to injury.
Blues: Captain James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters), Angus Crichton (Roosters), Apisai Koroisau (Penrith Panthers), Brian To’o (Panthers), Cameron Murray (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Clint Gutherson (Parramatta Eels), Damien Cook (Rabbitohs), Daniel Tupou (Roosters), Isaah Yeo (Panthers), Jake Trbojevic (Manly Sea Eagles), Jarome Luai (Panthers), Jordan McLean (North Queensland Cowboys), Joseph Suaalii (Roosters), Junior Paulo (Eels), Liam Martin (Panthers), Matt Burton (Canterbury Bulldogs), Nathan Cleary (Panthers), Nicho Hynes (Cronulla Sharks), Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos), Siosifa Talakai (Sharks), Stephen Crichton (Panthers), Victor Radley (Roosters). – Fox Sports