NSW adviser Greg Alexander said form was one of the main reasons behind his and coach Brad Fitler’s decision to drop Josh Ado-Carr from the Blues squad for the first game.
The Blues stunned Rugby League fans on Sunday night when it was revealed that Ado-Carr would be dropped in favor of veteran roster winger Daniel Tupou, who will return to his first origins after the Blues’ failed 2020 campaign.
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Alexander said it was not uncommon for out-of-form players to hold on to their marks, and the decision to go with the 196-centimeter-tall Tupau was also taken to address who could pick the opposite side of the Queensland ball.
“Foxx, he’s not in form. I know you pick players and a lot of players are picked when they’re in bad form or not in great form, but they’ve done it before,” he told Alexander Sen.
“Considering what Queensland will choose, we’ve decided to go with Daniel Tupo instead of Josh Ado-Carr.
“Daniel Tupu was in great form. He was there too. He did a great job for us in 2020. I thought in 2020 he would be one of our best players.
“He’s a great carry-out in his own right. He’s tall, he’s the target of our kicks, but he can save the kicks too.
“Even though you like to pick and stick, the word goes and stay with those who have worked, I think there are some expert positions that you have to consider that the other team will throw at you.”
Edu-Carr has endured his toughest season on the field since leaving heavyweight Melbourne for Canterbury, who are sitting at the bottom of the table with two wins in 12 games.
Another big pick was the inclusion of teen star Joseph Swalley, who played just 12 NRL games.
However, coach Fitler said that looking at the future, it is unlikely that Suali will be seen on the field at any time.
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“It was a tough year. It was an event for some players to play their way,” Fitler told Nines. Today. “I know a lot of people are talking about Josh Ado-Car, but I think Daniel Tupu was incredible for the cocks.
“I brought young Joseph Swallow.
“He probably won’t start in the team, so there’s a little scoop for you.
“Selvin Cobo has a great chance to play for Queensland, and that’s what you want to do – give these kids a chance.
“In this situation, especially playing on the wing, sometimes playing with those people – if you have enough experience on the edge and have enough communication, one thing they can’t be a part of is the noise you get in the state.”
“Hopefully we can open them up to this kind of experience, so they’re ready to go when they get the chance.”
Complete NSW Game One Squad (alphabetical order)
Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Paramatta Iles), Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers), Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabitohs), Stephen Crichton (Penrith Panthers), Tyson Frigel (Newcastle) Sharks), Episai Koroisau (Penrith Panthers), Jerome Louai (Penrith Panthers), Jr. Paolo (Paramatta Ils), Liam Martin (Penrith Panthers), Ryan Matterson (South Parambatta Ilnes) Rabito (Newcastle Knights), Tariq Sims (St. George’s Elvara Dragons), Cotoni Stags (Brisbane Broncos), Joseph Suali (Sydney Roasters), James Tedesco (Sydney Roasters), Brian Too (Paniro) Roasters), Jack Whitton (Canberra Riders), Isaah Yeo (Penrith Panthers)
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