UPDATE: NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler is set to name as many as 12 debutants for game one of the State of Origin series on June 6.
Foxsports.com.au understand among them will be Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary, who played a starring role in his side’s big win over St George Illawarra on Saturday night.
Cleary will likely line-up alongside Panthers teammate James Maloney in the halves.
The in-form South Sydney look to have two selections in the team with Damien Cook at hooker and Angus Crichton winning a bench spot.
The team will be officially unveiled at 6:45pm at the Blues Ball in Sydney on Monday night.
Fittler told Channel 9 on Sunday the side was always going to have a host of new faces.
“It could be nearly double-figures (in debutants),” he said.
“If you go through the injuries alone from last year and the blokes that aren’t playing anymore, there’s anything up to eight players that can’t be chosen.”
Predicted Blues team for Origin I:
1. James Tedesco
2. Josh Addo-Carr
3. Latrell Mitchell
4. James Roberts
5. Tom Trbojevic
6. James Maloney
7. Nathan Cleary
8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
9. Damien Cook
10. David Klemmer
11. Boyd Cordner
12. Tyson Frizell
13. Jack de Belin
14. Tyrone Peachey
15. Jake Trbojevic
16. Paul Vaughan
17. Angus Crichton