The countdown to the Origin decider is on with the Maroons hosting the Blues at Suncorp Stadium with the series on the line in a do or die clash.
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SHARKS SKIPPER JOINS BLUES SQUAD
Sharks captain Dale Finucane joins Jacob Saifiti and Chad Townsend in the Blues squad following the injury to Jordan McLean.
Saifiti will start in place of McLean after his injury blow, with Finucane joining Townsend on the extended bench as injury cover.
Finucane will join the team after leading Cronulla to a huge 28-6 win over the Storm on Thursday night.
“NSW Blues debutant Jacob Saifiti and extended bench players Chad Townsend and Dale Finucane will hit the training field at Cudgen Leagues Club tomorrow after joining camp for Game Three of the Ampol State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday 13 July,” the Blues said in a statement.
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“Saifiti has been part of the extended squad for Game One and Game Three and will now make his debut after prop Jordan McLean was forced to withdraw with a hamstring injury.
“Saifiti arrived back in camp today having initially left on Wednesday to prepare for the Newcastle Knights match against South Sydney Rabbitohs at McDonald Jones Stadium tonight.
“Townsend, who is yet to make his debut for NSW, was brought into camp on Thursday to replace 19th man Nicho Hynes after he was ruled out with COVID-19.
“Townsend was unable to train on Thursday due to illness but is clear to resume training tomorrow.
“Finucane, who has represented NSW on five occasions from 2019-21, has been brought in to replace Saifiti on the extended bench.
“He played in the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 28-6 win over Melbourne Storm on Thursday night and a decision will be made tomorrow if he trains with the team.”
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