Blues welcome Gallen back to the helm
THE NSW Blues have returned to Coffs Harbour in training mode, buoyed by the return of skipper Paul Gallen and Brett Morris and the availability of hooker Robbie Farah.
Touching down this afternoon the team has faced the formality of a team photo at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.
The Blues will hit the training paddock at Novotel Pacific Bay tomorrow, determined to save face in Melbourne against the Queensland Maroons next Wednesday and force the Origin series into a game three decider in Brisbane.
Naming his team this morning, coach Laurie Daley was relieved that Farah was cleared to play on Monday night, after the hooker passed a fitness test on his injured AC joint.
Gallen returned from a serious hip injury to skipper Cronulla to an upset win over the Roosters over the weekend and his inclusion forces Josh Jackson to the bench, which also sees Gallen's Cronulla teammate Andrew Fifita drop out of the team.
In the backs, Roosters winger Daniel Tupou makes way for the backline reshuffle seeing Brett Morris back in sky blue alongside brother Josh.
"I am very excited about this group of players, in Game I we played well but we didn't play well enough to win, but I know where this group can go to and I'm excited about the challenge that awaits us," Daley said.
"We're up for the challenge," he said.
After training tomorrow, the Blues will make an appearance at Coffs Harbour's A-Mart Sports at 4.30pm to sign autographs and meet with fans.
School visits have been arranged at Woolgoolga Public and Orara High School on Thursday from 2pm.
The team will fly out for Melbourne on Sunday.
1. Josh Dugan
2. Will Hopoate
3. Michael Jennings
4. Josh Morris
5. Brett Morris
6. Mitchell Pearce
7. Trent Hodkinson
8. Aaron Woods
9. Robbie Farah
10. James Tamou
11. Beau Scott
12. Ryan Hoffman
13. Paul Gallen - captain
Coach: Laurie Daley