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The Foxx Vs The Kid: Who NSW Should Select For State Of Origin Game 2 And Why

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The Foxx Vs The Kid: Who NSW Should Select For State Of Origin Game 2 And Why

New South Wales are expected to make a few changes to their Origin squad for game two after their shock loss to Queensland in the series opener.

With some injuries and under-performers, the Blues will select some fresh faces to take the field in Perth.

But the biggest speculation surrounds who will take Daniel Tupou's spot on the wing, should he decide to represent Tonga instead of playing for NSW.


Will veteran Josh Addo-Carr be recalled after his shock omission from Game 1, or will young gun Joseph Suaalii get the nod after stunning everyone when he was named in the extended squad for the same match?

These two have caused huge debates in rugby league circles, with fans very vocal about which one should be chosen.

Will experience win or youth? History or form? America or Russia? Oh, no wait, sorry that's Rocky 4.


Let's start with the Foxx. An absolute superstar, lightning speed and can score tries at will. He has played 150 NRL games and has represented NSW on 12 occasions, so he knows what needs to be done on the big stage. Everyone just expected he would be selected for game one, so the world was turned upside down when he was left out.

Freddy admitted this his apparent lack of height was an issue for the aerial assault that was expected from the Maroons. The other one obvious which wasn't acknowledged was his current form. There is no doubt that Addo-Carr has been below where we are used to seeing him, and many have blamed his move to the lowly placed Bulldogs as the main cause. Was he only ever amazing because of who he had around him at the Storm?

Since being left out of the Origin team however, it has lit a fire in the Foxx's belly, and he is on a mission to get back to his former glory. He has been electric in his past two matches, scoring five tries including a hat-trick against the Eels on Sunday. He reminded us exactly who he is, and what he can do.


In the other corner, we have Joseph Suaalii. And Holy Moly, this kid is a freak.

Fast, agile, confident, and standing at just under 2m tall, Suaalli is already possessing skills well beyond his 18 years. His ability was obvious very early on, and Rugby Australia wanted him bad. They tried to entice his over to the dark side with the World Cup and Olympics, but thankfully for us he chose league and was swooped up by the Roosters.

He has played nine games this season and has scored seven tries, many from his ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound. The heights he reaches is crazy! No one is questioning his attack, but it's his defence, age and lack of experience that are the cause of concern.


He is starting to put a few big hits, including an absolute belter on the Panthers Viliame Kikau a few weeks back. But are they enough to earn him a spot on the Origin stage? He shocked everyone when he was picked in the 22-man squad for NSW in game one, so he is teetering on the edge of selection. Qld great Ben Ikin debuted for the Maroons at the tender age of 18, so it has been done before. And if anyone can be good at anything he has a go at, it's this guy.

So, who are you picking? The experience of the Foxx or the youth of the kid?

Featured Image Credit: Supplied

Topics: Rugby League, nrl, State of Origin, Australia

Danielle Smith
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