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State of Origin decider: Everything you need to know

IT DOESN'T get any bigger than a decider.

With each state claiming a series in enemy territory, game three returns to Queensland in the biggest game of the year.

ORIGIN III: Live Blog, scores, updates and play by play action

The series is on the line in what could be the last game for several involved.

Blues coach Laurie Daley could relinquish his duties at the end of the year, while Maroons great Cooper Cronk is no certainty to play on next season.

Here's all your key information for Origin III.

Jarrod Wallace (centre) has a laugh during a Queensland team training session at Sanctuary Cove.
Jarrod Wallace (centre) has a laugh during a Queensland team training session at Sanctuary Cove. DAVE HUNT

THE SERIES

Origin I - NSW 28 d Queensland 4

Origin II - Queensland d NSW 18-16

Origin III - Wednesday, July 12, 8pm, at Suncorp Stadium

All games will be broadcast live on Channel Nine.

KICK-OFF TIME

The NRL's official rundown sheet has the kick-off set for 8.10pm - although game one was later than this, and it's rarely on time. It will be closer to 8.15pm.

Gates to Suncorp Stadium open at 5.30pm with the under-16s match to kick off at 5.50pm.

 

THE TEAMS

The line-ups named for game three are as follows:

NSW: 1. James Tedesco 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jarryd Hayne 5. Blake Ferguson 6. James Maloney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Aaron Woods 9. Nathan Peats 10. Andrew Fifita 11. Boyd Cordner (c) 12. Josh Jackson 13. Tyson Frizell. Interchange: 14 David Klemmer 15 Wade Graham 16 Jake Trbojevic 17 Jack Bird 18 Jack De Belin

QLD: 1. Billy Slater 2. Valentine Holmes 3. Will Chambers 4. Michael Morgan 5. Dane Gagai 6. Cameron Munster 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Dylan Napa 9. Cameron Smith 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire. Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Josh Papalii 16. Coen Hess 17. Tim Glasby 18. Felise Kaufusi

 

Skipper Boyd Cordner and teammates during a Blues training session ahead of Origin III.
Skipper Boyd Cordner and teammates during a Blues training session ahead of Origin III. REGI VARGHESE

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Matt Cecchin. Assist ref: Gerard Sutton. Touch judges: Brett Suttor and Chris Buttler. Senior review official: Bernard Sutton.

 

THE ODDS (courtesy of UBET)

Head-to-head: NSW $1.77, QLD $2.10

First try scorer: Valentine Holmes, Brett Morris, Blake Ferguson $11

 

THE TALKING POINT

Can Queensland do it without JT?

Their game-changing playmaker is out for the season thanks to a shoulder injury damaged in Origin II.

He was absent for the series opener and we all know how that went so with Michael Morgan, Cameron Munster and Ben Hunt in the team for game three, can someone step up and fill the void?

After Andrew Fifita ran riot in game one, the Maroons did a good job of containing him in the second match.

The Blues will be hoping their big man can rekindle the magic from his first performance and inspire them to their second series win in 11 years.

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