Fittler names initial players for extended

Fittler names initial players for extended Blues squad
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Sun 27 Sep 2020, 07:52 PM

The NSWRL is pleased to announce the following five players have been chosen in an extended squad for the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues for the State of Origin series in November.

Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos), Tom and Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Tyson Frizell and Cameron McInnes (St George Illawarra Dragons) were selected after the NRL regular season finished today and their clubs were eliminated from the finals series.

“This season has been extremely challenging for the game and I’m pleased to name the following players in this extended squad,” said Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler.

“I believe they all will play a role in helping NSW defend the State of Origin Shield and I’m looking forward to working with them when we go into camp on October 19.

“The State of Origin series will be an exciting way to finish the season and I’m confident the players we select will do the sky blue jersey proud.”

The squad will be added to every Sunday as further teams are eliminated from the NRL finals series and all players who are selected will be permitted to temporarily leave the NRL bubble introduced this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The players will be required to maintain a level of fitness before re-entering the bubble again for the start of the NSW Origin camp on October 19.

The opening game of the State of Origin series will be played at Adelaide Oval on 4 November, Game Two will be at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on 11 November and Game Three will be at Suncorp Stadium on 18 November.

Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues extended squad
Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos)

Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

Tom Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Cameron McInnes (St George Illawarra Dragons)

RIP NOFOLUMA

Poor Nifo thought he would have made the training squad at least

@Jedi_Tiger said in Fittler names initial players for extended:

Poor Nifo thought he would have made the training squad at least

Fittler has to keep room open for Ferguson - what a joke. The funny thing is he writes in the paper about Parras rubbish defence on both edges. But he refuses to rule out Fergo who is a total flog in defence.

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Disappointing he couldn’t find room for Nofo.

I don’t think Nofo is a defensive star by any means so I don’t think having a go at Fergo’s defence is the right reasoning.
Nofo’s attack has been great this year i guess Fitler looks at the brain snaps Nofo has like the usual play the ball error each game and wants him to work on things like that. In saying that the last 3 games or so he had no unforced errors.
Maybe next year for Nofo

Devastated for Nofoaluma, he absolutely deserved to be in the squad, if not the starting 17. He has every right to feel hard done by.

Ferguson will be picked and he’s been awful this year. He will be dropped after game 1. Honestly I would chose Daniel Tupou over Nofa or Fergo.

I’d have cotric and fox as my wingers, however I think he atleast deserves a training squad spot

If some of these guys get injured, I hope Fitts has a backup plan.

@willow said in Fittler names initial players for extended:

Disappointing he couldn’t find room for Nofo.

The whole SSO thing is rigged…the selections, the result…all skewed to and influenced by $$$…Gone are the days when the best players were selected and the result of the match was just that…

@Jedi_Tiger said in Fittler names initial players for extended:

I don’t think Nofo is a defensive star by any means so I don’t think having a go at Fergo’s defence is the right reasoning.
Nofo’s attack has been great this year i guess Fitler looks at the brain snaps Nofo has like the usual play the ball error each game and wants him to work on things like that. In saying that the last 3 games or so he had no unforced errors.
Maybe next year for Nofo

When Nofo was raised as a possibility Fittler expressed concerns about his defensive issues. My point is not that Nofos defence is any better than Fergos but why Fittler raises concerns about Nofos and not Fergos.

because at least Fergo is proven at semi final and grand final football and played origin

@Jedi_Tiger said in Fittler names initial players for extended:

because at least Fergo is proven at semi final and grand final football and played origin

Whats that got to do with it. His form this year has been atrocious. His defence this year is every bit as bad as Nofos and he has had trouble all year with his hands. If ( and its a pretty big if ) he gets picked it certainly won’t be on any form he has shown this year.

Nofo ripped off big time. 100% deserves to be in the squad

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