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Ultimate Origin Preview: Game III

The final game of this year's State of Origin series is inbound.

The game was moved to Newcastle's McDonald Jones Stadium but due to the ongoing COVID outbreak in Sydney, the match has been moved to Gold Coast's Cbus Super Stadium.

NSW is aiming for an historic series clean sweep having won the opening two games of the series to claim the 2021 Origin shield.

Queensland will hope to save their blushes and restore some pride, while Knights stars Kalyn Ponga and Kurt Mann have been named in the Maroons squad.

This is your Ultimate Preview to State of Origin's Game III.


Date: Wednesday, July 14

Kick-off: 8:10pm AEDT

Venue: CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast


Played: 122

Queensland: 64

NSW: 56

Draws: 2


New South Wales

1. James Tedesco, 2. Brian To'o, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Tom Trbojevic, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. Mitchell Moses, 10. Junior Paulo, 9. Damien Cook, 18. Dale Finucane, 11. Cameron Murray, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Isaah Yeo. Interchange: 14. Apisai Koroisau, 15. Angus Crichton, 16. Payne Haas, 17. Liam Martin. Extended Bench: 19. Nicho Hynes, 20. Clinton Gutherson.

Coach: Brad Fittler


1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Valentine Holmes, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 5. Xavier Coates, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Christian Welch, 9. Ben Hunt, 10. Josh Papalii, 11. Kurt Capewell, 12. Felise Kaufusi, 15. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui. Interchange: 14. AJ Brimson, 16. Moeaki Fotuaika, 18. Francis Molo, 20. Thomas Flegler. Extended Bench: 19. Kurt Mann, 21. Coen Hess.

Coach: Paul Green


UPDATE: Queensland have made some late changes with Jai Arrow and David Fifita withdrawn from the team due to suspensions.

Tino Fa'asuamaleaui has been promoted to the starting side while Francis Molo and Thomas Flegler have come onto the bench.

EARLIER: For NSW, the winning side were forced into a few changes due to the injuries to Panthers duo Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai, while Knights prop Daniel Saifiti was also ruled out.

Mitchell Moses has been called into the squad to make his debut at halfback.

Jack Wighton will partner Moses in the halves having featured in the first two games off the bench.

Apisai Koroisau will also debut off bench in the number 14 jumper.

Melbourne's Nicho Hynes has been rewarded for his impressive form, named on the extended bench.

For Queensland, Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga has returned to the side in the number one position.

Kurt Mann has also been called into the squad, named on the extended bench.

Queensland will be playing for pride and will hope to save themselves from a series whitewash.

Paul Green has given Cowboys sensation, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, his first chance in the Queensland jersey having been named in the centres.

The only other changes include AJ Brimson coming back onto the bench and Kurt Capewell moving to second-row.


Having sown up the series with one of the most dominant two-game displays in Origin history, the Blues will have a heavy focus on making it 3-0.

A 50-6 win in Townsville and a 26-0 victory in Brisbane, the Blues will go in as heavy favourites to create history with a series whitewash.

A NSW side hasn't achieved such a feat since 2000, when now coach Brad Fittler was playing.


With Kalyn Ponga returning from injury last weekend, the fullback has been named to return for Queensland.

The 23-year-old burst onto the Origin scene back in 2018, with an impressive debut off the bench in a beaten side.

The skilful Ponga will run out for his fourth appearance in the Origin arena.

Kurt Mann has also been rewarded, elected in the Maroons extended squad.

Daniel Saifiti featured in the first two games of the series but was ruled out with an injury.


The NSW attack has been far superior to Queensland's, highlighted by the amount of line breaks in the first two games with the Blues making 17 compared to the Maroons 2.

The Blues currently sit at a series margin of 70, which sits currently as the greatest in Origin series history. The best after a three-game series was the Blues' 2000 series win, winning by a total margin of 62.

Not since the Queensland team of 2010 has a team won the series 3-0.


Queensland haven't lost three straight games to the Blues since 2005-06.

Queensland have made 33 more missed tackles compared to the Blues in the past two games.

The Maroons have won four out of the last six Game III's.