Fittler names huge squad for Blues camp
NSW coach Brad Fittler has invited a whopping 64 players to take part in a State of Origin camp in Sydney this month as he begins preparations for a three-peat in 2020.
NRL premiership stars Latrell Mitchell, Luke Keary and Victor Radley are among 34 players named and in line to represent the Blues in next year's series.
Ten of those 34 are yet to make their Origin debut.
Parramatta's Clint Gutherson, Nathan Brown, Mitchell Moses and Ryan Matterson are among the potential debutants, as well as Brisbane's Kotoni Staggs, Manly's Curtis Sironen, Dragons hooker Cameron McInnes and Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks.
All 24 players who have represented the Blues in the past two series were also named in the squad, including South Sydney's Cody Walker, who played the opening game of the series in 2019.
Missing from last year's camp is Aaron Woods, Ryan James, Tevita Pangai Junior, Jack Bird, Jordan McLean, Josh Jackson and Regan Campbell-Gillard.
Fittler has also earmarked players of the future with a 14-man Emerging Blues squad including Melbourne's Ryan Papenhuyzen and Sydney Roosters players Nat Butcher, Kyle Flanagan and Sam Verrills.
Ben Trbojevic, younger brother to Blues stars Tom and Jake, was also named in among 16 Future Blues who will take part in the camp.
The two-day camp will be held at the Blues' Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park on December 12 and 13.
NSW Blues Squad: Payne Haas, Kotoni Staggs (Brisbane), Jack Wighton, Nick Cotric (Canberra), Wade Graham (Cronulla-Sutherland), Curtis Sironen, Tom Trbojevic, Jake Trbojevic (Manly), Josh Addo-Carr, Dale Finucane (Melbourne), David Klemmer, Mitchell Pearce, Daniel Saifiti (Newcastle), Nathan Brown, Blake Ferguson, Clint Gutherson, Ryan Matterson, Mitchell Moses (Parramatta), Nathan Cleary (Penrith), Boyd Cordner, Angus Crichton, Luke Keary, Latrell Mitchell, Victor Radley, James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters), Damien Cook, Cameron Murray, James Roberts, Cody Walker (South Sydney), Cameron McInnes, Tyson Frizell, Tariq Sims, Paul Vaughan (St George Illawarra), Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers).
Emerging Blues: Emre Guler (Canberra Raiders), Bronson Xerri (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Reuben Garrick, Jack Gosiewski (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Ryan Papenhuyzen, Curtis Scott (Melbourne Storm), Matt Burton, Spencer Leniu, Liam Martin (Penrith Panthers), Nat Butcher, Kyle Flanagan, Sam Verrills (Sydney Roosters), Campbell Graham, Liam Knight (South Sydney Rabbitohs).
Future Blues: Brendon Tumeth (Balmain Tigers), Trey Mooney, Clay Webb (Canberra Raiders), Paul Alamoti (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Sione Fainu, Tolu Koula, Ben Trbojevic, Kaeo Weekes (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Bradman Best, Mitch Black, Jonah Pezet (Newcastle Knights), Thomas Weaver, Josh Bevan (Northern Rivers), Jason Saab, Tyrell Sloan (St George Illawarra Dragons), Joseph Suaalii (South Sydney Rabbitohs).