1. Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne. Click for more photos

The Fairfax Media readers' NSW squad for Origin I

1. Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne. Photo: Getty Images

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Michael Chammas:

NSW need both Jarryd Hayne and Josh Dugan in the team if they are any chance of leaving Suncorp Stadium with a series lead.

The 17-man NSW team as chosen by Fairfax Media poll respondents.

The 17-man NSW team as chosen by Fairfax Media poll respondents.

Hayne's best position is fullback, but if he plays in the No.1, there's no room for Josh Dugan in the team.

You could play Hayne on the wing or in the centres, but on his day he can be the most influential player on the field.

If Laurie Daley is seriously considering playing Greg Bird at five-eighth, then Hayne is a genuine option.

In Origin, the halves have a little opportunity to create anything. It's about the battle for field position and individual brilliance.

Hayne has the biggest boot in the game and is more than capable of turning a game on its head.

Could you imagine the headaches NSW will cause with Hayne and Dugan lurking around the middle of the field?

I've picked Michael Gordon on the wing, mainly for his goal kicking otherwise Daniel Tupou or Jorge Taufua would have been in my side.

Aaron Woods has been left out based on his performance for the Blues last year.

He struggled to make an impact or leave a dent in the Queensland defence, which is why I've gone with Trent Merrin and Andrew Fifita on the bench.

Jamal Idris is on the bench because he can cover the forwards and backs, but will also be effective as an impact player late in the match.

1. Josh Dugan

2. Brett Morris

3. Michael Jennings

4. Josh Morris

5. Michael Gordon

6. Jarryd Hayne

7. Mitchell Pearce

8. James Tamou

9. Robbie Farah

10. Paul Gallen

11. Boyd Cordner

12. Luke Lewis

13. Greg Bird

14. Andrew Fifita

15. Trent Merrin

16. Anthony Watmough

17. Jamal Idris

 

Brad Walter:

The Blues have fallen just short of ending Queensland's winning streak in each of the past two series so most of the squad deserve to be retained but the age old problems of who to play five-eighth and which position to select Jarryd Hayne remain.

Given Hayne's form at right centre for Australia in the World Cup and his brilliant start to the season at fullback for Parramatta, his days of playing on the wing are over. It then really comes down to a choice between Josh Dugan or Michael Jennings.

With no clear cut winner I would select Hayne in his regular position at fullback where he can roam anywhere on the field in attack.

There is also no standout five-eighth option who NSW coach Laurie Daley can't ignore so I would turn the clock back and pick Greg Bird in that role. He won't let the Blues down defensively and Hayne plays like a second five-eighth in attack anyway.

In the absence of James Maloney at five-eighth, the team needs a goalkicker and there is none better than Pat Richards, who would fill the wing spot vacated by Hayne. Richards recently kicked a penalty goal against Gold Coast from halfway so any infringement by the Maroons within their own half could be worth two points.

Richards has also turned kick-offs into a tactical advantage for the defending team, can drop kick 70 metres, has landed a field goal from the sideline in Super League, where he won the 2010 Man-of-Steel award as player of the year playing on the wing for Wigan.

He also has size and the experience of having played in Challenge Cup finals, grand finals and World Club Challenge finals with Wigan and Wests Tigers.

1. Jarryd Hayne

2. Brett Morris

3. Josh Morris

4. Michael Jennings

5. Pat Richards

6. Greg Bird

7. Mitchell Pearce

8. Aaron Woods

9. Robbie Farah

10. James Tamou

11. Anthony Watmough

12. Boyd Cordner

13. Paul Gallen

14. Josh Reynolds

15. Luke Lewis

16. Andrew Fifita

17. Trent Merrin

 

Adrian Proszenko:

I agonised over the five-eighth spot, but concluded it was better to stick with last year's halves rather than starting all over again.

There were enough positive signs from James Maloney on Friday night to suggest he had overcome his shoulder problem. Jarryd Hayne has been playing his best football since his Dally M year and would probably prefer to stay at the back, but having him and Josh Dugan in the team provides added strike.

I don't think Blues selectors will go with Pat Richards but he's in my team - he's experienced, good in the air and can kick goals if required. The Maroons won't enjoy fielding his kick-offs. Daniel Tupou's time will come. Paul Gallen will have the 13 on his back but plays like a pseudo prop, allowing the Blues to carry an extra back-rower on the bench.

Josh Reynolds provides halves/hooker cover, which will be valuable insurance given the lack of recent game time for James Maloney and Robbie Farah.  As far as the back row goes, I'd like to see how Luke Lewis recovers from a long injury lay-off before deciding if he's ready for the Origin cauldron.

1. Josh Dugan

2. Brett Morris

3. Jarryd Hayne

4. Josh Morris

5. Pat Richards

6. James Maloney

7. Mitchell Pearce

8. James Tamou

9. Robbie Farah

10. Aaron Woods

11. Greg Bird

12. Boyd Cordner/Luke Lewis

13. Paul Gallen

14. Trent Merrin

15. Andrew Fifita

16. Anthony Watmough

17. Josh Reynolds

 

Michael Carayannis:

I’ve gone for a big and aggressive NSW team. James Maloney keeps his spot because of goal kicking. Heading to Queensland to play the Maroons in the opening match is always going to be a slogfest.

NSW will need to grind the Queenslanders down and try and be physical with them. The bench is full of impact and guys with great footwork which will try and catch the Maroons big men getting lazy in the middle of the field. Having Scott, Bird and Cordner in the squad also offers versatility should someone get inured in the halves or outside backs. Tupou’s height advantage will also be a focal point of attack, targeting the much smaller Darius Boyd on the wing.

These players are in form and will help combat the ageing Queensland line-up. Hayne goes back to fullback at the expense of the unlucky Dugan, but Hayne needs to touch the ball as much as he can. This allows Idris to add to his one-off appearance for the Blues.

1. Jarryd Hayne

2. Brett Morris

3. Jamal Idris

4. Josh Morris

5. Daniel Tupou

6. James Maloney

7. Mitchell Pearce

8. James Tamou

9. Robbie Farah

10. Aaron Woods

11. Greg Bird

12. Beau Scott

13. Paul Gallen

14. Trent Merrin

15. Andrew Fifita

16. Anthony Watmough

17. Boyd Cordner

 

Daniel Lane:

Some subtle changes would put the old heads on notice that their futures as Origin players rely on their performances in the series opener. Hayne must be named at fullback because apart from starring there for Parramatta this is a game where players need to know their teammates are rock solid. From an outsider's perspective and it has been formed by unflattering headlines and reputation the incumbent Josh Dugan puts a question mark on his jumper.

Pat Richards offers strength on the wing and as a proven tryscorer he fills Hayne's old spot. With James Maloney not in this side the Blues need Richards as their goalkicker and that gives him the edge over Daniel Tupou. His unique style to restart play - where he boots the ball from off a tee to provide hang time - is also a potent weapon.

Reynolds has been pivotal for top-of-the-table Canterbury's rise this season and his relationship with Bulldogs centre Josh Morris will be vital because the Blues must deliver the ball to the fringes. Along with the front row the centres pairing of Jennings and Morris are this NSW team's greatest strengths.  If Robbie Farah is fit, he stays at hooker but if not, there’s a ready-made replacement in Michael Ennis.  

Tony Williams has been much maligned since he joined the Bulldogs from Manly but he's timed his State of Origin run well and should be conscripted to add his explosiveness to a game that demands hulking, damaging men off the bench. Based on his effort for City Origin (and in recent weeks, Canterbury) Williams pipped Trent Merrin and Josh Jackson for his place. However, he MUST hurt Queensland to retain his jersey.

1. Jarryd Hayne 

2. Brett Morris

3. Michael Jennings 

4. Josh Morris

5. Pat Richards

6. Josh Reynolds

7. Mitchell Pearce

8. Aaron Woods

9. Robbie Farah/Michael Ennis

10. James Tamou

11. Greg Bird 

12. Ryan Hoffman

13. Paul Gallen (c)

14. Andrew Fifita 

15. Boyd Cordner 

16. Tony Williams

17. Anthony Watmough