• DALEY NAMES NSW BLUES SQUAD FOR HOLDEN STATE OF ORIGIN I AT ANZ STADIUM

23 May 2016

  • Blues name five new players in powerful 19-man squad 
  • A monster pre-game Holden State of Origin party is planned for Sydney Olympic Park on 1 June, from 4pm
  • Return travel on Sydney Trains and Major Event Buses is included in Origin tickets
  • Arrive at Sydney Olympic Park early to make the most of this massive night 

NSW VB Blues coach Laurie Daley has today named five debutants in a 19-man squad for Game One of the 2016 Holden State of Origin series at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday 1 June.

NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres MP, announced the squad at an official lunch at The Star’s 24/7 Sports Bar.

The debutants include halfback Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs), backrower Tyson Frizell (Dragons), winger Josh Mansour and fullback Matt Moylan (Panthers), and utiliy player Dylan Walker (Sea Eagles).

Daley is yet to finalise positions and starting line-up with the squad announced in alphabetical order as follows:

Name

NRL Club

D.O.B

Junior Club

Origin App

Greg Bird

Gold Coast Titans

 
10/2/1984

West Maitland Red Dogs/ Maitland Pumpkin Pickers

16

Boyd Cordner

Sydney Roosters

 
9/6/1992

Old Bar Pirates

5

Josh Dugan

St George Illawarra Dragons

 
10/5/1990

South Tuggeranong Knights/ Valley Dragons

8

Robbie Farah

Wests Tigers

 
23/1/1984

Enfield Federals/ Leichhardt Wanderers

13

Blake Ferguson

Sydney Roosters

 
20/3/1990

Wellington Cowboys/ Earlwood Saints

1

Andrew Fifita

Cronulla Sharks

 
28/6/1989

Griffith Waratahs/ St Patricks Blacktown

4

Tyson Frizell

St George Illawarra Dragons

 
9/10/1991

Corrimal Cougars

Nil

Paul Gallen (c)

Cronulla Sharks

 
14/8/1981

Wentworthville Magpies

21

Josh Jackson

Canterbury Bulldogs

 
8/1/1991

Gulgong Terriers/ Mudgee Dragons

3

Michael Jennings

Parramatta Eels

 
20/4/1988

St Marys/ West City Tigers

15

David Klemmer

Canterbury Bulldogs

 
22/12/1993

All Saints Toongabbie

3

James Maloney

Cronulla Sharks

 
15/6/1986

St Edwards Gosford

3

Josh Mansour

Penrith Panthers

 
17/6/1990

St Johns Eagles/ Kingsgrove Colts

Nil

Josh Morris

Canterbury Bulldogs

 
23/8/1986

Kiama Knights

11

Matt Moylan

Penrith Panthers

16/6/1991

St Patricks Blacktown/ St Clair Comets

Nil

Adam Reynolds

South Sydney Rabbitohs

 
10/7/1990

Alexandria Rovers/ Kensington United

Nil

 
James Tamou

North Queensland Cowboys

 
13/12/1988

Paddington Tigers/ Levin Knights

11

Dylan Walker

Manly Sea Eagles

 
27/9/1994

Mascot Jets

Nil

Aaron Woods

Wests Tigers

 
13/3/1991

Leichhardt Juniors

8

Secure your tickets to Holden State of Origin here

MONSTER PRE-GAME PARTY

The annual Blues-themed pre-Origin celebration will kick off from 4pm on Wednesday 1 June outside ANZ Stadium.

The focus of the party will be The VB Sheds in Cathy Freeman Park, which will feature a monster marquee, live music, a 50m bar and visits by NSW VB Blues legends.

Further highlights include:

  • Interactive team photo wall;
  • Roving entertainment and street theatre;
  • An Eat Street with pop-up cafes serving internationally themed street food;
  • An outdoor extension to The Brewery Bar;
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars open extended hours pre and post-game;
  • Cathy Freeman Park and surrounding buildings - including ANZ Stadium - bathed in blue light and decked out in flags and banners;

The Sheds are open to all ticket-holders but will double as the collection point for the electric blue wigs and T-shirts that are part and parcel of the NSW Blatchy’s Blues supporters’ match-day experience.

Sydney Olympic Park’s bars, cafes and eateries will all embrace the Blues theme on the night and will be pumping with energy. Good options include The Novotel Brewery and The Lounge.

ANZ Stadium gates open at 5.45pm with NSW v Queensland U16’s preliminary game kicking off at 6pm.

With bumper crowds expected, NSW and QLD fans are strongly advised to take advantage of the free public transport on Sydney Trains and Major Event Buses included in the ticket price.

Haven't snapped up your tickets to Holden State of Origin I on 1 June and Holden State of Origin III on 13 July yet? Get them here now. For the first time, a special two-game pass is on sale for both Sydney games for $75 (Club Ticketed Members) and $85 (General Public).

Your Holden State of Origin game plan is:

1)    Get an early mark from work. Your State needs you at ANZ Stadium, whether you're cheering for the Blues or Queensland.

2)    Take advantage of free public transport. All tickets to Origin I include the cost of travel on Sydney Trains or Major Event Buses. If you must drive, you will need to pre-book parking via the Sydney Olympic Park website.

3)    Arrive at Sydney Olympic Park early to soak up the atmosphere of Origin. ANZ Stadium gates open from 5.45pm.

4)    Show your true colours! Wear Blues or Maroons colours and get into the spirit of this unforgettable sporting occasion.