Origin II: Blues squad unchanged as Queensland ring alarm bells

Gulgong's Josh Jackson was a key part of the Origin I ambush in Queensland and will be part of the squad looking to close out the series in Sydney.
Gulgong's Josh Jackson was a key part of the Origin I ambush in Queensland and will be part of the squad looking to close out the series in Sydney.

New South Wales have named an unchanged side for State of Origin II, the first time the Blues have done so in 21 years.

They have the right to however, leading the series 1-0 after downing Queensland 28-4 in the series opener at Suncorp Stadium.

Josh Jackson has been named once more but on the other side of the paddock another former alumni of the region is set to debut.

Jarrod Wallace, who was involved in the Mudgee team through his father and player-coach Craig Wallace, looks to be one of bench players for the Maroons.

That may change with his shoulder-charge being reviewed, with newly signed Newcastle Knights forward Aidan Guerra tipped to be his replacement if the ban is upheld.

Alongside Wallace’s debut is amidst a host of changes for the embattled Maroons that are staring down the barrel of the ‘end of a dynasty’.

Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston are back, Sam Thaiday and Corey Oates will be gone and Coen Hess and Valentine Holmes will debut as part of a Maroons reshuffle.