NSW Origin legend Paul Sironen says Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah is the man for the much talked about number 9 jersey.
Sironen, who played 14 matches for NSW during his career at Balmain Tigers, said Farah is the man to provide plenty of creativity for Blues Coach Ricky Stuart.
“Ricky indicated at a luncheon yesterday that NSW need to score points. They need a variety in attack and players with ability to get points on the board. Robbie is the answer at nine,’’ Sironen said.
“He combined well with (half-back) Mitchell Pearce for City against Country and they feel comfortable with each other. It has been well documented. Those two would work really work together for NSW.
“Robbie would have learnt so much from his last Origin experience in 2009. There is nothing like State of Origin. You could play 100 first grade games but you are not prepared for Origin some times.
“It is class above everything. He knows what to do and how to prepare for it, so it would be to his advantage. Robbie is the right option now.”
Sironen also supported a push for Wests Tigers props Aaron Woods and Keith Galloway as well as centre Chris Lawrence to make the NSW side when it is named on Sunday afternoon.
Woods turned in a strong performance in his debut for City against Country.
“Aaron is in the mix. He would be terrific off the bench. He is still young but when do you bring him in. When is a good time?,’’ Sironen said.
“His form has been terrific and he handled his first taste of rep footy.
“Big Keith is also in the mix. It all depends on what style of footy they want to play. Both of those guys would not be out of place in a NSW pack.
“Chris Lawrence is just coming back into a bit of form. He had a bit of a slow start to the year but think he is timing his run now really well in line with Origin selection.”
Sironen admitted whoever was chosen for NSW, the Blues would have to be at their very best to stop the Maroons from claiming a record seventh straight series.
“You look at Queensland and they have probably three or four of the best players in the world in key positions,’’ Sironen offered.
“Origin goes in cycles. We had Queensland dominate, then NSW dominate, and now Queensland is dominating again. Every player in that NSW side has to play 110 per cent. Everyone is going to have to play the game of their lives to try and win this series.
“All the hype has been around NSW at the moment and Queensland is keeping it low key. You don’t hear much from them. They would be loving this (hype).
“I love to see a few of the Wests Tigers boys in the mix. In saying that, I wouldn’t want to lose them at club level but they do return as better players for the experience. It would be great for Woody to step up to that company and see what it is like. Fingers crossed the boys’ names are called out.”