The NSW Blues squad will begin preparations for Game II when they hit the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort elite training centre on Wednesday morning.
The NSW Blues squad will begin preparations for Game II when they hit the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort elite training centre on Wednesday morning. Trevor Veale

Blues make three key Origin changes for Game II

NSW Origin coach Laurie Daley has made three key selection changes to the Blues side, which next Wednesday night will stand on the cusp of ending Queensland's eight-year reign.

The inclusions for Game II sees Parramatta's Will Hopoate brought onto the wing and the Dragon's Josh Dugan named in the centres to cover for the injured Morris brothers, Brett and Josh.

The other big change sees Greg Bird slot into lock after missing game I due to suspension.

The Bulldogs Tony Williams has been left out of the side, while captain Paul Gallen will play prop and James Tamou shifts to the bench.

Anthony Watmough, Trent Merrin and Luke Lewis hold down spots on the interchange bench. 

The Blues are expected to fly into Coffs Harbour tonight and hit the elite training centre at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort tomorrow morning.

They'll spend five days in camp in Coffs Harbour before flying out for Sydney on Sunday. 

NSW BLUES ORIGIN GAME II
1. Jarryd Hayne
2. Will Hopoate
3. Josh Dugan
4. Michael Jennings
5. Daniel Tupou
6. Josh Reynolds
7. Trent Hodkinson
8. Paul Gallen (c)
9. Robbie Farrah
10. Aaron Woods
11. Ryan Hoffman
12. Beau Scott
13. Greg Bird
Interchange: James Tamou, Anthony Watmough, Trent Merrin, Luke Lewis
Coach: Laurie Daley



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