2022-05-27 02:38:00

New South Wales great Benny Elias has picked four debutants in his ideal Blues team — including the star centre pairing of Kotoni Staggs and Stephen Crichton.

With Tom Trbojevic out for the season and serious doubts over whether Latrell Mitchell will be recovered in time to play, a lot has been made over who coach Brad Fittler should pick in the centres.

Crichton, Staggs, Campbell Graham, Matt Burton and Siosifa Talakai are the names that have been floated by several figures in the game.

Elias has opted for a strike weapon in Staggs and Crichton’s combination with fellow Penrith players Brian To’o, Jarome Luai, Nathan Cleary, Isaah Yeo and Liam Martin.

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The bench utility spot is another role that is up in the air and Elias wants to see Nicho Hynes debut in that spot.

Hynes, who was 18th man for the Blues in Origin III, started his NRL career coming off the bench for the Storm before having a breakout season at fullback. He is now one of Cronulla’s best players while playing in the halves.

The final debutant is Rabbitohs forward Keaon Koloamatangi, who lands a spot on Elias’ bench. The 24-year-old was included in the Blues’ extended squad last year.

Cameron Murray, who has missed the last fortnight through injury, misses out, but Daniel Saifiti has done enough to retain his spot despite under performing for the Knights.

Elias said he considered both “form” and loyalty” when picking his team.

He also acknowledged that it may be a “conservative” 17 but he’s confident “they will get the job done.”


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1. James Tedesco

2. Brian To’o

3. Stephen Crichton

4. Kotoni Staggs

5. Josh Addo-Carr

6. Jarome Luai

7. Nathan Cleary

8. Payne Haas

9. Damien Cook

10. Jake Trbojevic

11. Angus Crichton

12. Liam Martin

13. Isaah Yeo

14. Nicho Hynes

15. Junior Paulo

16. Daniel Saifiti

17. Keaon Koloamatangi

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