Tariq Sims to make debut for NSW in Origin III

New South Wales has unveiled its side for State of Origin III, only making one change to the side that claimed the series victory.

Skipper Boyd Cordner is in doubt for the July 11 dead rubber in Brisbane after suffering a calf injury in last week’s clash.

Tariq Sims has been called into the side, the 13th player to be making his debut for New South Wales this series.


Sims has been a reserve for the Blues for the opening two matches this year and has been in impressive form for St George Illawarra this season.

He admitted he wasn’t sure he was going to get a start in Game Three.

“To hear my name get read out in the bench spot was pretty surreal,” Sims said.

“I actually can’t wait to tell my family that I’m 100 per cent playing now.

“Very excited.”

Blues coach Brad Fitler said Cordner will be given until game day to prove his fitness.

NSW: James Tedesco, Tom Trbojevic, Latrell Mitchell, James Roberts, Josh Ado-Carr, James Maloney, Nathan Cleary, David Klemmer, Damien Cook, Paul Vaughan, Boyd Cordner (capt), Tyson Frizell, Jack de Belin. Interchange: Tariq Sims, Jake Trbojevic, Angus Crichton, Tyrone Peachey.
18th man: Ryan James