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State of Origin Game 1 NSW vs Queensland; selections, team news, Brad Fittler, Stephen Crichton to start, Jack Wighton, Billy Slater

NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler has revealed Kotoni Staggs’ duel with Sharks gun Siosifa Talakai earned him the nod to start in the centres.

Talakai was another candidate to fill the outside back role, but Staggs and the Broncos got the best of the Sharks in Round 8.

Staggs will make his Origin debut alongside Ryan Matterson and Stephen Crichton.

“Obviously the Kotoni (Staggs) v Siosifa Talakai was a great moment for both of them,” Fittler said on SEN 1170 The Run Home.

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“I thought Siosifa handled himself really well, I know he went into that game crook.

“Kotoni put his hand up, he didn’t dodge the challenge and he said, ‘If it’s about Origin, I’m going to give it as good as I get’.

“He started a little bit slow, he just…

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