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Coach Laurie Daley Urges Fans To Make ANZ Stadium A Blues Cauldron For Historic State Of Origin Game II

Crystelle Cordero

EIGHT days out from arguably the biggest State of Origin in history, Blues coach Laurie Daley has announced the 17-man squad he hopes can end the Maroons’ eight-year series streak on Wednesday 18 June.

At a glittering NSW Business Chamber Blue Bloods luncheon at Stadium Australia, Daley named Parramatta Eels three-quarter Will Hopoate on the wing and St. George-Illawarra Dragons utility Josh Dugan at centre to replace the injured Morris brothers.

The full Blues squad is:

1 Jarryd Hayne;  2 Will Hopoate; 3 Josh Dugan; 4 Michael Jennings; 5 Daniel Tupou; 6 Josh Reynolds; 7 Trent Hodkinson; 8 Aaron Woods; 9 Robbie Farah; 10 Paul Gallen; 11 Ryan Hoffman; 12 Beau Scott; 13 Greg Bird. Interchange: 14 James Tamou; 15 Anthony Watmough; 16 Luke Lewis; 17 Trent Merrin.

Coach Daley called on Blues fans to fill every seat in the 83,996-seat Stadium Australia and to snap up remaining tickets, available here.

“We know how much this game means to the people of NSW and the fans certainly have a role to play by making Stadium Australia a Blues stronghold on 18 June,” said Daley.

Reflecting on the magnitude of the upcoming game, Daley said: “I want them [the players] to be excited and I want them to understand that every Origin game is a unique part of history. For us, it’s not about worrying about what happened two weeks ago, it’s about what we can do going forward.”

You can guarantee a premium seat for the historic Origin II – and every event at Stadium Australia – by becoming an Stadium Australia Member. To enquire about Stadium Australia Membership, click here.

A small number of corporate seats remain for the big game. Here’s your chance to impress your clients and to be part of history. Official Hospitality enquiries here.


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