Cleary retains NSW State of Origin jersey

Nathan Cleary has retained his NSW State of Origin No.7 jumper with coach Brad Fittler naming the 21-year-old in his side for State of Origin I.

With Mitchell Pearce (groin) and Luke Keary (concussion) ruled out, Cleary has been named to partner South Sydney’s Cody Walker in the halves.

Walker is one of five debutants along with Rabbitohs teammate Cameron Murray, Canberra pair Nick Cotric and Jack Wighton and Brisbane young gun Payne Haas.


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NSW: JamesTedesco, NickCotric, LatrellMitchell, JoshMorris, JoshAddo-Carr, Cody Walker, Nathan Cleary, David Klemmer, Damien Cook, Paul Vaughan, Boyd Cordner, Tyson Frizell, Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: Jack Wighton, Payne Haas, Cameron Murray, Angus Chrichton.

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