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NSW Origin III team: Saifiti retains spot

NSW coach Brad Fittler has stuck solid with the 17 players from game two as he pushes for back-to-back Holden State of Origin shields next week at ANZ Stadium.

There may be a question mark over Dragons back rower Tariq Sims, who is fighting a grade two dangerous contact charge in the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night, but Fittler has named him anyway.

Prop David Klemmer (wrist) wasn't there in game two when Fittler's men clobbered Queensland 38-6, so he has missed out for game three.

The injury cloud over Nathan Cleary (ankle) has not completely lifted but obviously the medical reports Fittler has received from the Panthers are enough to convince him his 21-year-old halfback will be good to go.

NSW Blues squad for Origin III

1 James Tedesco (vc) (Sydney Roosters)

2 Blake Ferguson (Parramatta Eels)

3 Tom Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

4 Jack Wighton (Canberra Raiders)

5 Josh Addo-Carr (Melbourne Storm)

6 James Maloney (Penrith Panthers)

7 Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)

8 Daniel Saifiti (Newcastle Knights)

9 Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

10 Paul Vaughan (St George Illawarra Dragons)

11 Boyd Cordner (c) (Sydney Roosters)

12 Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons)

13 Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)


14 Dale Finucane (Melbourne Storm)

15 Tariq Sims (St George Illawarra Dragons)

16 Cameron Murray (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

17 Wade Graham (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)

18 Clint Gutherson (Parramatta Eels)