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Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco has been named to make his State of Origin debut for the New South Wales Blues in Game III of the 2016 series on July 13.

The 23-year-old, who was close to selection for both Game I and II this year, will become the seventh Wests Tigers player to feature in State of Origin, and the sixth for NSW.

Tedesco will be joined in the side by regular Origin representatives Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah, who will chalk up their 11th and 16th respective appearances for the Blues.

A Camden Rams junior, Tedesco made his first-grade debut in Round 1, 2012, and has played 65 NRL games for the Club since — scoring a remarkable 43 tries in that time.

He made his representative debut for City Origin in 2013 — whom he featured for again in 2015 — and made his international debut for Italy at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

After an impressive 2015 season where he played every game for the first time in his career, winning Wests Tigers Player of the Year Award, Tedesco has continued his stellar form so far in 2016, with 11 tries, 11 try-assists, 11 linebreaks and 10 linebreak assists.

Wests Tigers would like to congratulate James, Aaron and Robbie on their Origin selection!

See the full NSW team named to take on Queensland in Game III of the series below!

Sunday afternoon footy returns to Leichhardt Oval when we take on the Cowboys!


1. James Tedesco, Wests Tigers

2. Blake Ferguson, Roosters

3. Josh Dugan, Dragons

4. Michael Jennings, Roosters

5. Josh Mansour, Panthers

6. James Maloney, Sharks

7. Adam Reynolds, Rabbitohs

8. Paul Gallen, Sharks

9. Robbie Farah, Wests Tigers

10. Aaron Woods, Wests Tigers

11. Wade Graham, Sharks

12. Josh Jackson, Bulldogs

13. Tyson Frizzell, Dragons


14. Jack Bird, Sharks

15. David Klemmer, Bulldogs

16. Andrew Fifita, Sharks

17. James Tamou, Cowboys

Coach: Laurie Daley

Development Player: Tom Trobjevic, Sea Eagles

Development Player: Jake Trbojevic, Sea Eagles

Development Player: Bryce Cartwright, Panthers


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Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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