After narrowly losing the first State Of Origin game in 2019 the New South Wales Blues have made a lot of changes to their side. Some changes have been forced by injury, while others are pure selection decisions.
In the lead-up to the selection of their team for game two the mainstream media ran rampant with selection rumours. Once the squad was announced, the media switched into outrage mode and they blew up about who had been selected, and who had been left out.
Mitchell Pearce chose to make himself unavailable. Latrell Mitchell was dropped. Josh Morris, one of the Blues best in game one was also dropped. James Maloney found himself back in sky blue colours. The list went on and on.
Queensland meanwhile made just two forced changes to their side due to injury. They have enjoyed a quiet preparation so far. The Maroons must be a little bemused at the whirlwind the NSW team is going through right now. In a two team competition the Maroons are being allowed to go about their business while the Blues are fighting through a storm.
Game two of the 2019 State Of Origin series is played in Perth on Sunday. This means a short preparation for both teams. Working combinations, experience and cohesion become a huge bonue for both teams with just a one week lead in to the match.
On the Fergo and The Freak podcast we cast our eye over both teams. We take your through who is in and who is out of both sides. We look at the decision by Mitchell Pearce not to make himself available and discuss why New South Wales has showed so much faith in Nathan Cleary at halfback.
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