With the issue already decided, and the rubber game a mere formality, New South Wales Coach Laurie Daly was apparently in a coy mood when he hinted that James Tedesco will make his State of Origin debut for the final game of the three-game series.
Asked if he would make room for not only Tedesco, but also Matt Moylan, Daly’s reply was a somewhat enigmatic, “I wouldn’t be afraid to pick both.”
There has been a chorus of calls for Tedesco to be selected after he was unable to participate in Origin I due to injury, and was then overlooked in Moylan’s favour for the second game when it went off in Brisbane.
Since the Queensland Maroons have the series won, Daly might view the last match as a chance to give State jumpers to some young players with an eye towards the future.
Daly was quite complimentary regarding Tedesco’s play for the West Tigers, “I think he’s played really good football, and I think everyone knows what a special talent he is.”
Daly explained that he left Tedesco off for the second game out of concern for the fact that he had missed four weeks due to injury and had had only two games back against Souths and Roosters.