As expected, Roosters skipper Brad Fittler has been recalled into the New South Wales side for State of Origin II. The veteran five-eighth retired from representative football three years ago stating that he only wished to concentrate on winning a premiership for the Roosters.
For Queensland, Broncos five-eighth Darren Lockyer makes a welcomed return and will front a strong Maroons side keen on levelling the series.
Queensland Maroons: Rhys Wesser, Matt Sing, Paul Bowman, Brent Tate, Billy Slater, Darren Lockyer (capt), Scott Prince, Shane Webcke, Cameron Smith, Steven Price, Michael Crocker, Dane Carlaw, Tonie Carroll. Interchange: Ben Ross, Petero Civoniceva, Chris Flannery, Matt Bowen. Coach: Michael Hagan.
New South Wales Blues: Anthony Minichiello, Timana Tahu, Matt Gidley, Luke Lewis, Luke Rooney, Brad Fittler, Brett Kimmorley, Craig Fitzgibbon, Andrew Ryan, Nathan Hindmarsh, Mark O�Meley, Danny Buderus (c), Jason Stevens Interchange: Willie Mason, Brent Kite, Trent Waterhouse, Craig Wing 18th Man: Matt Cooper Coach: Phil Gould