State of Origin Game 1 live updates: Queensland stars exposed as ‘frauds’, team news, what time does game start

Welcome to live coverage of the first State of Origin match from Accord Stadium in Sydney.

NSW are starting a new era under coach Michael Maguire after six years under Brad Fittler and the Blues will be desperate to start with a win at home.

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Maguire fielded five debutants – Joseph Sua’ali’i, Zac Lomax, Cameron McInnes, Spencer Leniu and Haumole Olakau’atu, with Nicho Hynes and Jarome Luai in the halves.

The Blues are without the injured Nathan Cleary, while Queensland are missing Cameron Munster and a handful of first-choice forwards.

Queensland have won their last two series and are looking for a series hat-trick to keep coach Billy Slater’s perfect record as Maroons manager. NSW have not won an Origin series since 2021.

Kick-off is scheduled for 20:05 AEST. Follow below for live updates.

5.05m – Queenslanders exposed as frauds

The old belief that Queensland steals half of its team from outside the Sunshine State has been proven true this year.

The Daily Telegraph reports eight members of Queensland’s 20-man squad – or 40 per cent – were born outside Queensland.

Winger Xavier Coates was born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Murray Taulagi grew up in South Auckland, Jaydn Su’A was born in Christchurch, Ezra Mam was born in Newcastle, Jeremiah Nanai is from Henderson, Auckland, Moeaki Fotuaika is from Gisborne in the North Island of New Zealand, 19th husband Brendan Piakura was born near Newcastle and Felise Kaufusi was born in Auckland.

Dean Ritchie of the Daily Telegraph wrote: “What a bunch of sanctimonious fraud.

“C’mon Madge, tear those impostors apart – for the good of mankind.”

Country of origin eligibility rules state that a player must be born in NSW or Queensland or have moved there before the age of 13 to represent the selected country.

Under current rules, a player cannot play for New South Wales or Queensland if he is playing for a first-tier country other than Australia.

16.15 – The comment icon shuts down the rumours

Ray Warren is happily retired and wants everyone to know that he will not be returning to the commentary box.

The Channel 9 icon who became known as the voice of rugby league has hung up the microphone after the 2021 NRL season.

He has called 99 State of Origin games in his career but the man known as “Rabs” has shut down rumors of a return to mark a century.

The 80-year-old told Gold Coast 92.5 Triple M Gold with flan, ali and spido: “This is absolute depravity!”

“I never said I would agree to another Origin game and someone took a liberty on social media and completely misquoted me, which makes things a bit uncomfortable for me.

“People who write complete nonsense really piss me off.”

Asked if he would return, Warren said: “No, I would rule it out almost without any thought.

“I had a great career, 55 years. At the end of 2021, I decided that this would suit me.

“Why risk undoing all the good I might have done?

“I got out while I was doing relatively well.”

Mathew Thompson has taken over as Nine NRL’s lead signal caller from the 2022 season.

16.00 – The Blues cancel the traditional game

The Blues have decided to cancel their media commitments on the day of the match.

Michael Maguire and Billy Slater spoke to the press on Tuesday, but the Blues canceled their only media opportunity on Wednesday, where the assistant manager usually speaks.

Rugby league reporter Danny Weidler wrote on X: “The Blues have their playing faces early – they’ve canceled their only media opportunity. Their assistant coach will not speak to the media on match day. Michael Maguire is getting serious.”

Maroons assistant Josh Hannay spoke to the media on Tuesday and declared his players would “die for the jersey and die for the country” when they run out for the first Origin game.

“I know those are strong words, but that’s literally how our guys feel when they’re representing the people of Queensland,” Hannay said.

“Our connection with the country is our superpower. We play for our people and we will play for our people again tonight.”

15:30 – The legend flares up because of the bench battle

If Origin games aren’t decided by the halves or forwards, the battle on the bench usually plays a role as well.

There has been much interest in contrasting approaches to exchange.

Queensland named prop Harry Grant and wing/centre Selwyn Cobbo, as well as forwards J’maine Hopgood and Moeaki Fotuaik.

The Blues have named four forwards on the bench – Isaah Yeo, Spencer Leniu, Hudson Young and Haumole Olakau’atu.

Maguire said on Tuesday that 18th man Matt Burton would not make the side, while Slater said he would wait until the last minute to name his final squad.

Paul Vautin criticized the decision to name Cobb on the bench, but fellow Queenslander Corey Parker bristled at suggestions the Broncos might not return to the park.

“I’m not worried at all about Selwyn Cobbo starting the game from the bench,” Parker said on SEN.

“Some very prominent people have questioned (Cobbo’s selection) … but in my personal opinion, I am not concerned at all.

“He provides cover in the back line should we really get injured, there’s no drama here … just let’s assume everything goes well and some people have suggested that maybe Selwyn Cobbo doesn’t make it at all, that’s bullshit.

“You can’t play an Origin game with just 16 players, Cobbo will be 100 per cent involved.”

Meanwhile, Raiders forward Hudson Young put his hand up and played a useful role for NSW off the bench.

“It’s like any team — you can’t pick for every position,” Young said.

“It’s something I did in Canberra and something I could do every week.

“It’s nothing new for me to have to change some positions. We are honestly preparing for this in clubland.

“With the game (the way it is now) there’s always someone who gets a 10 or a HIA. We don’t carry our backs in Canberra.

“(Maguire) talked to me about a couple of options. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we don’t lose anyone.”

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